How Ignoring Stuff Makes You Smarter

We've all accused somebody of selective hearing before, or have been accused of the same. We probably thought at the time that this potential manifestation of selective attention was an impediment. But neuroscientific studies of working memory are revealing the opposite. Working memory is like the brain's dashboard--it's where the brain stores things before determining whether they will be committed to long term memory. For a long time now, it's been generally accepted that working memory can store about…

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