TED-Ed Explains Why We Love Repetition in Music

People prefer things they've been exposed to

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Mon, Sep 15th, 2014 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On TED-Ed, music professor Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis explains the important role repetition plays with our brain.

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? How many times have you listened to that chorus? Repetition in music isn’t just a feature of Western pop songs, either; it’s a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis walks us through the basic principles of the ‘exposure effect,’ detailing how repetition invites us into music as active participants, rather than passive listeners.

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