Study: Couples Can Tune Out Spouse's Voice

Wait, what did my wife say to me? Something about it being my turn to pick up the kids today. Well, whatever. If it was important, she wouldn't have told me while I was watching My Little Pony.

Psychological researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada found that after a while, it's easy to for married couples to stop paying attention to each other:

Researchers picked 23 married couples who each had been living together at least 18 years. Here's how their listening skills were tested:

  • Each person was recorded saying a sentence that included a colour, number and one of four key words.
  • Each person listened to tapes of two people saying different sentences at the same time, then recalled which colour and number went with a key word.
  • People generally fared best when asked to recall what a spouse said. But they fared better recalling what a stranger said when the other sentence was spoken by a spouse rather than by another stranger.

It gets worse. Guys, I have bad news:

  • Husbands were a bit more apt to forget what their wife said than vice-versa.

Link -via Dave Barry

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