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A Jolt for Dull Thoughts

Most men would rather give themselves mild electric shocks than sit in silent contemplation.

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Humans are unique among the animals in our ability to mentally detach from our surroundings and purposely look inward. But sitting in quiet contemplation turns out to be much tougher than it seems, University of Virginia and Harvard researchers reported in Science in July. The researchers instructed 146 college students to sit in an austere laboratory for up to 15 minutes without cell phones, books or other distractions, entertaining themselves with only their thoughts. Most of them couldn&rsquo...
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