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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Talking To Yourself Proves To Be Good For Your Brain

Not only is talking to yourself O.K., two psychologists say it can help your thinking process.
Not to mention helping you find items you’ve misplaced.

Dr. Gary Lupyan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr. Daniel Swingley at the University of Pennsylvania did a series of experiments to discover whether talking to yourself is helpful in trying to find missing items. Like the keys that aren’t in your purse like they should be or the jar of peanut butter you know you took to the kitchen.

Saying the name of what you’re looking for, whether it be key, peanut butter or can of Coke, reduced the amount of time it took participants to find the desired item. Just be careful when practising this technique…Doing it front of your boss may not be wise.

Study results were published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

[TIME]

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