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Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery

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Dissecting an earworm : Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. / Jakubowski, Kelly; Finkel, Sebastian; Stewart, Lauren et al.

In: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, Vol. 11, No. 2, 01.05.2017, p. 122-135.

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Harvard

Jakubowski, K, Finkel, S, Stewart, L & Müllensiefen, D 2017, 'Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery', Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000090

APA

Jakubowski, K., Finkel, S., Stewart, L., & Müllensiefen, D. (2017). Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11(2), 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000090

CBE

Jakubowski K, Finkel S, Stewart L, Müllensiefen D. 2017. Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 11(2):122-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000090

MLA

Jakubowski, Kelly et al. "Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery". Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 2017, 11(2). 122-135. https://doi.org/10.1037/aca0000090

Vancouver

Jakubowski K, Finkel S, Stewart L, Müllensiefen D. Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 2017 May 1;11(2):122-135. doi: 10.1037/aca0000090

Author

Jakubowski, Kelly ; Finkel, Sebastian ; Stewart, Lauren et al. / Dissecting an earworm : Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. In: Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 2017 ; Vol. 11, No. 2. pp. 122-135.

Bibtex

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