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‘Earworm’ Researchers Lead Off Podcast’s New Season

Upcoming episode looks at archaeologists' discovery of a 9,000-year-old female big-game hunter

Unfold, a UC Davis podcast, recently launched its third season with College of Letters and Science researchers talking about “Why Is That Song Stuck in My Head?”

The episode examines music, memory and what "earworms" — those songs that get stuck in your head — can teach us about how the brain works.

In the first episode, listeners will hear from:

  • Petr Janata, professor, UC Davis Department of Psychology, and Center for Mind and Brain
  • Ben Kubit, postdoctoral researcher, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain 

The award-winning podcast will launch a new episode every Tuesday through Nov. 23, with hosts Amy Quinton and Kat Kerlin exploring curiosity-driven research at UC Davis.

An upcoming episode — “Was She a Badass?” — examines the archaeological discovery of a 9,000-year-old female big-game hunter, which raises new questions about the sexual division of labor in early hunter-gatherer societies.

The Unfold podcast is available free, on demand at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon's Tunein, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. It is produced by Cody Drabble. Original music for Unfold comes from UC Davis alumnus Damien Verrett (B.A., technocultural studies, ’13) and Curtis Jerome Haynes. Follow Unfold on Twitter at @Unfoldpodcast.

— Adapted from a UC Davis News and Information article.

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