If this were true

I'd be a vegetable by now. Perhaps the effects are not cumulative. Or perhaps I just don't know I'm stupid. From Linda Carroll, writing in Life Inc.

We all know that meetings can be dull and boring. A new study shows that they can also make you stupid.

"You may joke about how committee meetings make you feel brain dead, but our findings suggest that they may make you act brain dead as well," says study co-author Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

There's a special social dynamic that occurs in meetings, Montague says, that can not only make us feel stupid, but also make us act that way. All it takes is a colleague who seems smarter than us when he/she does a presentation, says the study’s lead author Kenneth T. Kishida, a research scientist at the institute. That can make us feel stupid -- and that can get in the way of how our brains process information.


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