Why You Go Deaf When You’re Reading

Related on TestTubeHearing Colors: What It’s Like To Have SynesthesiaCan We Reverse Hearing Damage? For those of you avid readers out there, you likely know this sensation quite well. You become drawn into the book and act of reading itself so much so that you’re able to tune out external sensations. If you’re at a café reading, you’re not bothered by all the noise and bustle of activity. Scientists refer to this as “inattentional deafness.” A study published in the journal Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics gathered 100 participants who all focused on computer-related tasks. During their work time, the researchers played a noticeable audible tone, but during the attention-heavy tasks, as many as 80 percent of participants failed to notice the tone at all. These findings echo what scientists have…

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