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#BrainFactMonday โ€“ How Walking With Earbuds Limits Your Brain Abilities

Posted on 13th November 2023

STOP WALKING WITH EARBUDS PLAYING MUSIC ๐ŸŽต๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ

If you've been reading my past #BrainFactMonday, you should know by now that your survival depends on your brain's ability to perceive danger, which often comes in the form of sound. ๐Ÿšจ

๐Ÿง  When you sense danger, your brain initiates a rapid and complex process to assess the situation and respond appropriately. If the perception of the danger comes through sounds, this is what happens (extremely quickly):

1. ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: the auditory system in your brain detects and processes sounds, including warning signals like horns, sirens, or shouts for attention.

2. ๐—”๐—บ๐˜†๐—ด๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป: the amygdala, responsible for emotional processing, evaluates the significance of the detected threat. It plays a vital role in triggering your instinctive "fight or flight" response.

Nowโ€ฆ if youโ€™re wearing earbuds or headphones while cycling or walking on the streets, external sounds that could signal danger are blocked and you may lose your innate ability to perceive dangers around you, increasing the risk of accidents or mishaps.

In crazy busy cities (like London, for example!), is it worth it? Nope.

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