What is the word for...

having a song stuck in your head? I’m not looking for ‘mild obsession,’ which is a generic psychiatric diagnosis, or ‘preservation,’ which is close, but still not specific enough. Nor am I looking for ‘ironic process,’ Mark Wegner’s theory of how paradoxes of the mind happen. What I’m looking for is a word for having, for instance, the theme from Mr. Ed stuck in your head.

Of course, of course.

One would think that this is the most common mental aberration out there; what’s it called?


iterative hippocampal cycling

Dave Barry calls it “Brain Sludge.”