Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Why is it easy to remember a song, but not a joke?

Ever noticed how it's easy to remember a song, but not a joke? That's because "the brain has a strong propensity to organize information and perception in patterns." (The NY Times) This is why "you may forget your spouse’s birthday but will go to your deathbed remembering every word of the 'Gilligan’s Island' theme song."

While music is based on patterns, "jokes work because they deal with the unexpected."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.