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Memory: notorious for its unreliability

Here’s a study you can be part of if you want to test your own.

I scored 65% overall and was fooled 30% of the time. Just under the average for the former and well under the average for the latter. That’s the good and bad news for the children I suppose…

The Elephant Celebes by Max Ernst

A double dose of deaf as a gatepost

I am quite pleased today as I now have not one but two types of deafness. The first is fairly boring and probably age-related (in the genes). I come from a family of fairly deaf people and there is nothing that can be done about it.

The second type that has recently been scientifically proven is called Inattentional Deafness; this is the type that occurs when you are preoccupied and just don’t hear people talking to you…

Professor Nilli Lavie, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, says that Inattentional Deafness is a common everyday experience and proves why people can get lost in a book or a crossword. It occurs as a result of visual and hearing senses trying to share limited brain processing capacity. As well as being a source of irritation to those trying to be heard (my kids hate it) it could be the cause of road accidents.

Now that last bit, which I have taken directly from the newspaper, is very badly written. All road accidents? Surely not. And who does the crossword when they are driving?

So to avoid a visual/auditory overload the blog is bringing you a nice, calm scene to replace the usual It’s A Friday Let’s Get On A Chair And Dance banging music video.

Can you hear the raindrops?