Monday, May 11, 2009

Silence Please

Wear earplugs when you join the family for breakfast and experience the world without sound.

Has your spouse ever complained that you are only "half-listening"? If you're in the middle of a morning routine, it's probably true. By virtue of ingrained routines, your brain has a pretty good idea of what to expect each morning, so only a few words are enough for you to follow a sentence. And, engrossed in a newspaper or listening to the radio, you "tune out" most other sensory inputs. Blocking a major sensory route by wearing earplugs forces you to use other cues to accomplish even simple tasks like knowing when the toast is done or passing the sugar bowl.

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