Navigation Links
Other People's Cell Phone Conversations Really Are Annoying
Date:5/21/2010

e journal Psychological Science.

In some respects, the findings are curious, Emberson said, because when overhearing half a conversation you're actually hearing less sound than you'd hear while listening to a full conversation.

But much of how humans process language is based on the brain's ability to predict, or anticipate, what comes next in a sentence, Emberson said. The brain is attuned to patterns of speech, acoustics and grammar, so when someone says, "I like to eat", the brain is already figuring out that what comes next is probably going to be some type of food.

One-sided conversations make it more difficult for the brain to make these predictions, so listening is more distracting, she said.

"With half a conversation we get less information, so we have to listen more," Emberson said.

It's not just in speech that humans count on being able to predict what's going to happen next, said Gerry Altmann, a professor of psychology at the University of York in England.

"There is increasing research in a whole range of areas to do with human behavior that shows our ability to predict what's going to come next is fundamental to both our mental and physical functioning," Altmann said. "Much of the behavior we engage in is, in fact, very predictable."

Altman likened hearing half a phone conversation to the difference between walking on a smooth sidewalk to an uneven, rock-strewn path. One doesn't require much attention. The other, which is unpredictable, requires more attention. An overheard cell phone conversation is different in that much of the process is subconscious, he added.

"With half a phone conversation, you're only getting a snapshot, so you can't predict the future, which is what the brain has evolved to do," Altmann said.

And with some 285 million cell phone subscribers in the United States, it's an irritation that isn't likely to go away.

More
'/>"/>

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Striking Down Medical Liability Reforms Another Blow to Illinois Poor Lawsuit Climate
2. Methadone and Other Opioids Not Always Equivalent, Conversion Can Be Lethal
3. American Red Cross and Other U.S. Blood Centers Send Blood to Haiti
4. Luckey & Mullins Joins with Other National Construction Defect Law Firms to Form Chinese Drywall Legal Network
5. Spanish-Speaking Mothers Less Likely to Turn on TV
6. No Surprise to David Perecman And Other Personal Injury Attorneys, Vehicles Lead All Causes of Injury at New York Hospital
7. DR Vitamins, LLC Introduces Vision Clarity Carnosine Eye Drops to Treat Cataracts, Glaucoma, Dry Eye, or Other Eye Ailments
8. Assisted Senior Living Releases New Tool For Finding Assisted Living Facilities And Other Senior Care
9. Remuda Ranch, Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders, and MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids), Partner to Help Educate Parents, Teachers and Students About Eating Disorders
10. The International Association of Pediatricians & Leading Physicians of the World Helps New Mothers Find Top Pediatricians in Their Area
11. Got Another Minute to Talk Health Care? You Can Win $5,000!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/28/2014)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... released a menu of nutritious pizza recipes to help ... scrumptiously this Labor Day. PreDiabetes Concierge Chef Han Ashley ... are available on the Company’s website. , The PreDiabetes ... whole grain pizza dough and features a ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... PA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... one of its clients, an inventor from California, has ... abdominal area. This invention is patented. , The “Abdominal ... to minimize the risk of injuries from physical activity ... due to surgery or muscular atrophy. Ideal for ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... 28, 2014 Women must play a greater ... global authorities on the subject of women and water. Water ... the Women for Water Partnership and United Nations-Water agree that ... table. Kathy Kelly was interviewed by Kleyne on the Sharon ... 2014. , Kathy Kelly became involved with global water ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... a free downloadable ebook guide to the ... prepare themselves for surgery, the procedure itself, and how ... helpful tips and candid explanations. Dr. McIntosh also discusses ... how to help ensure that the procedure is as ...
(Date:8/28/2014)... Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) August 28, 2014 ... solutions, one of the top ten tools for online ... the CODiE Award for Best Course or Learning Management ... Health Idaho, Northwest Academy, Typewell, Dialysis Treatment Center of ... (IAB Canada), StarSVCS, and HMG Plus, to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:PreDiabetes Centers Concierge Chef Creates Tasty Grilled Veggie Pizza Recipes for Labor Day Party Menu 2Health News:PreDiabetes Centers Concierge Chef Creates Tasty Grilled Veggie Pizza Recipes for Labor Day Party Menu 3Health News:InventHelp® Client Patents “Abdominal Swimming Support” – Invention Could Serve as an Alternative Flotation Device 2Health News:Women for Water Partnership and Sharon Kleyne Call for Greater Women’s Role in Global Water Issues 2Health News:Women for Water Partnership and Sharon Kleyne Call for Greater Women’s Role in Global Water Issues 3Health News:The Ultimate Guide to the Tummy Tuck Surgery eBook is Released by Dr. Bryan McIntosh 2Health News:Edvance360 Continues to Experience Growth in Corporate, K-12, Health, and Non-Profit Sectors 2
... March 29, 2011 A retrospective study of women ... more than half of the IUDs were malpositioned. ... UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher suggests that routine sonograms ... initial positioning. "Gynecologists typically do a pelvic and ...
... -- Parkinson,s disease drugs called dopamine agonists appear to ... patients, says a new study. Previous research has ... (ropinirole), to impulse control disorders, such as gambling addiction ... eating, overspending and excessive computer use. In this ...
... aggregation, generally associated with Alzheimer,s and mad cow disease, ... In a paper published in Nature Chemical Biology ... and Vrije Universiteit Brussel describe that certain mutations of ... misfold in a way that the proteins start to ...
... were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving ... researchers at the University of Washington, are the first ... of offspring. The study also finds that childhood ... to low birth weight, which is linked to infant ...
... March, 2011 The Canadian Cardiovascular Society and Canadian ... on the use of genetic testing in the clinical ... March/April issue of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology ... entitled "Recommendations for the Use of Genetic Testing in ...
... , TUESDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- Death rates ... higher than among children aged 1 to 4 years in many ... historical death patterns. The international team of researchers that analyzed ... old in 50 countries between 1955 and 2004 also found that ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Annual sonograms are needed to verify correct IUD position, UT Southwestern obstetricians say 2Health News:Cancer is a p53 protein aggregation disease 2Health News:Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies 2Health News:Canadian Journal of Cardiology publishes advice on genetic testing of inherited cardiac arrhythmias 2Health News:Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal 2
(Date:8/28/2014)... , Aug. 28, 2014 Today is ... medical, mental health, higher education, student and pharmaceutical organizations ... and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication. The Coalition ... Although reported rates of nonmedical use vary, ... that 9.3 percent 1 of college students reported ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 ... report: Co-development Terms & Agreements ... https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/2276221/Co-development-Terms--Agreements-in-Pharma-Biotech-and-Diagnostics.html The Co-development ... Diagnostics report provides comprehensive understanding and unprecedented ... entered into by the worlds leading life ...
(Date:8/27/2014)... , Aug. 27, 2014 Research ... "Global Pulse Oximeter Industry Report 2014" report to ... Industry Report 2014 is a professional and in-depth study ... industry. The report provides a basic overview ... chain structure. The pulse oximeter market analysis is provided ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications 2New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications 3New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications 4New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications 5New Coalition Aims to Help Prevent Misuse, Abuse and Diversion of ADHD Medications 6Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 2Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 3Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 4Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 5Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 6Co-development Terms & Agreements in Pharma, Biotech and Diagnostics 7Global Pulse Oximeter Industry Report 2014 2
... reference laboratory and a worldwide leader in ... an extensive test menu of highly complex ... anatomic pathology. Owned by the University of ... half of the nation's university teaching hospitals ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... is a national reference laboratory and a ... development. ARUP offers an extensive test menu ... in clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by ... include more than half of the nation's ...
... ARUP Laboratories is a national reference ... laboratory research and development. ARUP offers an ... unique medical tests in clinical and anatomic ... ARUP Laboratories' clients include more than half ...
Medicine Products: