Boffins dis­cover spot in brain that makes men ig­nore wife’s nag­ging

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By REX ROW­LANDS

THE part of the brain which al­lows blokes to ig­nore their nag­ging wives has been dis­cov­ered by boffins.

They found there is an area deep in the mid­dle of the brain called the pul­v­inar which acts as a kind of sec­re­tary – de­cid­ing which in­puts should take pri­or­ity.

That means if you are fo­cused on a task it will keep the brain clear un­less there is an emer­gency that needs to be dealt with ur­gently.


And ac­cord­ing to Dr Yuri Saal­mann, from Prince­ton Neu­ro­science In­sti­tute in New Jersey, that means we will notice a bus head­ing to­wards us even if we are fo­cused on some­thing else.

It also means men will ig­nore the wife’s moan­ing if they’re en­grossed in watch­ing the footie.

Dr Saal­mann added: “A fun­da­men­tal prob­lem for the brain is that there’s too much in­for­ma­tion in our en­vi­ron­ment for it to be pro­cessed in de­tail at the same time.

“The brain in­stead se­lec­tively fo­cuses on, or at­tends to, the peo­ple and ob­jects rel­e­vant to our be­hav­ior at the time and fil­ters out the rest.”

“Our study sug­gests that a mys­te­ri­ous area in the cen­ter of the brain called the pul­v­inar acts as a switch­board op­er­a­tor.”

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