Only Hearing Half The Story

Only Hearing Half The Story
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Scientists have solved the puzzling mystery of why we are annoyed listening to others' phone conversations in public

Naresh Kumar
  • 24 september 2010

Ever wondered why you feel infuriated whenever someone sitting next to you in the bus is continuously chatting on his phone? Scientists have now found a good reason for it. Basically, they say, our brain can make sense of a full conversation and ignore it, but when you are able to listen to only half the conversation, the brain cannot comprehend it and is distracted, affecting our concentration. A study conducted by researchers from University of Wisconsin and University of California strengthens the scientists’ theory; when volunteers were made to hear only half of a conversation, their performance at concentration tasks decreased.

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