We often complain of interlocutors, who seem to ignore us in favor of phone or computer conversations, but science explains why men can’t text and hear at the same time. According to scientists, it is not rudeness that makes people act the way they do, but rather brain’s prioritizing process.
A recent study conducted on a small group of 14 people has proven what has been long stated, namely, that people experience temporary deafness when performing high load visual activities. To put it in lay terms, the harder the visual activities we conduct, the weaker our hearing ability becomes.
Scientists used computer scans to illustrate how the human brain switches from one activity to another. Images have revealed that during low visual loads, the brain can pay attention to surrounding sounds, as well. On the other hand, when they were asked to get involved in more difficult visual tasks, the brain experienced the so-called inattention deafness, that is, it no longer paid attention to distracting sounds to improve visual tasks.
Researchers think such abilities can help us improve our attention at work, for instance, but they can have negative effects in other circumstances. The greatest concerns are made in relation to people, who like to chat on their phones while driving or walking.
The study is the solid evidence that authorities have always been looking for to prove that such activities can be dangerous for people. They have explained that very loud sounds may have the ability to capture people’s attention, but lower sounds and signals may go unnoticed; thus, putting their lives in jeopardy.
It is not just pedestrians, who can make mistakes, but also surgeons. The latter are usually so focused on the work they are doing that they fail to hear beeping signals coming from monitors. For this reason, they need team workers to warn them if something goes wrong.
Since brain scans have revealed that louder sounds can get people’s attention, scientists think the only solution women have when their men seem to ignore them for a TV show is to shout.
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