Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter

Taxi DriverJamie Condliffe writes on Gizmodo:

Talking to yourself is the preserve of mad men, right? Not according to a new study, which reveals that the seemingly irrational act of chatting to oneself actually improves cognitive function.

The research, carried out by Gary Lupyan and Daniel Swingley, was inspired the pair’s experiences of seeing people audibly muttering to themselves when trying to find items on supermarket shelves. To test whether speaking to oneself was actually beneficial, Lupyan and Swingley devised a set of experiments.

In one experiment, volunteers were shown 20 pictures of everyday objects of the same kind and asked to search out a specific one. Initially participants were shown a piece of text telling them which object to find and left to complete the task in silence. Then, in subsequent tests involving different objects, the participants were asked to repeatedly say the name of the object they were searching for. Across the board, the objects were found more quickly when participants were speaking to themselves…

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10 Comments on "Talking to Yourself Makes You Smarter"

  1. Einherjar333 | Apr 20, 2012 at 4:39 pm |

    what if you just say negative things to yourself like” this is all your fault you fuck” or ”why can’t you cowboy the fuck up and blank”? cause thats what i do

  2. Unsympathetic Reality | Apr 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

    That would seem to be a fair assessment to me. I find it’s always easier to remember things if I say them aloud.

  3. the body of evidence confirming that i am actually a genius just keeps growing…
    just waiting for the study demonstrating that rocking back and forth in a chair muttering “1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4…” over and over is correlated with high IQ and i’m home and hosed

  4. PhiloSlacker | Apr 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm |

    Yes, it does!

    I agree!

    But wait, does it really?

    I think so.  What about you?

    I told you I agreed.

  5. until the psychiatrist finds out 


  7. sonoftheright | Apr 21, 2012 at 7:44 am |

    Reminded me so much of this: Man, I love that movie.

  8. Jesus Borg | Apr 21, 2012 at 6:57 pm |

    I think talking to myself has improved my ability for extemporaneous public speaking. I talk in my head t at a speaking pace when I read too and I think it helps my writing.

  9. Hmm, I’m not sure but I think the title is a little misleading… it seems to me all the experiments proved was that talking to yourself can help you locate things easier, I’m not sure that’s tantamount to making you smarter.

  10. Talking to yourself may improve cognitive function, but it has an inverse relationship to societal bonding because it is still viewed as the behavior pattern of crazy people.  You may be smarter than everyone else, but they will all stay 50 feet away from you.  I know this from experience.

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