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You just can’t shut out unwanted thoughts

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  5 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New York, February 4: You may not have full control over what you think as researchers have found that exterl environment influences our thoughts even against our own will. “Our conscious thoughts seem protected from our surroundings, but we found that they are much more tightly linked to the exterl environment than we might realise,” said co–author of the study Ezequiel Morsella, associate professor of psychology at the San Francisco State University. “We have less control of what we will think of next,” Morsella noted. For the study, the researchers showed the study’s participants 52 black–and–white images corresponding to familiar words of varying lengths — basic drawings including a fox, heart and bicycle. Participants were instructed not to subvocalise (speak in the mind) each word or how many letters the word had. But the researchers found that on an average, 73 percent subvocalised a word, and 33 percent counted its letters. (IANS)

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