Quiet Please!

It may well be true that our society has evolved faster than our physiology, specifically, the brain. The prefrontal cortex is the region of the brain most susceptible to stress, and loud noise is one stress-inducing stimulus to which we are exposed on a regular basis in our bustling world. “Working memory,” the kind responsible for helping us to remember a fact momentarily, is the type of memory most impaired by loud noises. Researchers have found that groups of people exposed to high levels of noise have less effective working memory than those in quieter environments, despite similar cognitive abilities.

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