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