Music holds an extraordinary power for learning and memory. A good earworm can stay with you for a lifetime. If you grew up in the US during 1970s or early 1980s, odds are that reading the phrases “conjunction junction” or “three is a magic number” will start songs playing in your head, complete with useful grammatical or numerical information. Schoolhouse Rock! taught a generation our times tables and our way around a sentence. The short video below takes a looks at Bob Dorough, the man behind those songs.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.

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