Just Tossing Out Ideas

2 Dec

What are you throwing away oh just some old ideas and beliefs that were taking up too much spaceThis is sort of like the way blogging works (via SGU #385).

In a new study, researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well.

On the other hand, people were more likely to use their thoughts when making judgments if they first wrote them down on a piece of paper and tucked the paper in a pocket to protect it.

I’m wondering, as always about comparing habits across cultures. But, there’s something magical about this hypothesis. It seems disturbing that humans would accept these correlations.

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