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Thinking Is a Real Pain for Some

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:44:06 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Here's something to think about: many of us don't like to spend time thinking.

That's the conclusion of a new University of Virginia study, which revealed that a lot of folks would prefer to be a given a mild electric shock rather than sit and do nothing.

In the experiment, subjects were left alone in a room and told they could sit quietly without any distractions to amuse themselves or shock themselves with a nine volt battery even though the sensation was not pleasant.

As it happened, two-thirds of the men and about a fourth of the women shocked themselves at least once and up to four times.

What this means essentially, according to the UVa researchers, is that many people would pick negative stimulation than no activity at all.

It seems to fall in line with a previous U.S. Labor Department study in which more than eight in 10 Americans claim that they don't spend any part of the day to devote themselves to thinking.

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