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Yet another weird SF fan

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Evidence Hoarders Are Intellectually Superior

According to The New York Times:

Dr. Tolin recently studied compulsive hoarders using brain-scan technology. While in the scanner, hoarders looked at various possessions and made decisions about whether to keep them or throw them away. The items were shredded in front of them, so they knew the decision was irreversible. When a hoarder was making decisions about throwing away items, the researchers saw increased activity in the orbitofrontal cortex, a part of the brain involved in decision-making and planning.

“That part of the brain seemed to be stressed to the max,” Dr. Tolin said. By comparison, people who didn’t hoard showed no extra brain activity.

I always knew people with clean desks had a shortage of brain activity.


OpenID vader said...

I take comfort at this as I look at my messy desk here at work.

And when I look at my living room from now on, I will see proof that my wife and children are absolute geniuses.

2:24 PM  

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