Our hearing evolved to help us survive and thrive. To listen is a skill that requires nurturing. Surrounded by multitude of sound our brain had to discern what would hurt or help and and ignore much else. Our brain processes a lot of information. How can it pick out the bits that matter to you? That is why we need to practice our focus and mindfulness around what we are listening to. The following are helpful in seeing the Science behind listening and understanding how we can thrive when we practice listening.
- “Hearing, in short, is easy. You and every other vertebrate that hasn’t suffered some genetic, developmental or environmental accident have been doing it for hundreds of millions of years. It’s your life line, your alarm system, your way to escape danger and pass on your genes. But listening, really listening, is hard when potential distractions are leaping into your ears every fifty-thousandth of a second — and pathways in your brain are just waiting to interrupt your focus to warn you of any potential dangers.”
2.Test takers were asked to sit through a ten-minute oral presentation and, later, to describe its content. Half of adults can’t do it even moments after the talk, and forty-eight hours later, fully 75 percent of listeners can’t recall the subject matter.
3.Cognitive hearing science is not just about auditory aspects of speech but also relates to lip reading and to visual language, such as sign language. It also includes cross-cultural comparisons of tests and tools that address the mechanisms involved in auditory perception.
4. Our culture affects how we listen.
May you thrive as you allow your primal hearing to tune your brain to the moment and person in front of you. Happy Valentines Day!
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