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Meetings Can Make You Dumber

Have you ever been in a meeting and thought, “I am dumber now than before I walked in here.”  Well, according to a new study, you are right.  Meetings can make you stupid.

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According to the Daily Mail:

Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate how the brain processes information about social status in small groups and how perceptions of that status affect expressions of cognitive capacity.

In other words, whether ‘feeling’ less intelligent than others can affect your decision-making.

‘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,’ said Read Montague, director of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and the Computational Psychiatry Unit at the institute, who led the study.

So the next time the boss calls a meeting, let him read a copy of the study.  Maybe he won’t have so many meetings.

How do you feel after you walk out of a meeting?

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