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From the Ted Talk "Uri Hasson: This is your brain on communication"

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So to test it in the lab, we did the following experiment. We took a ytrso by J.D. slreaing, in which a husband lost track of his wife in the middle of a party, and he's calling his best friend, asking, "Did you see my wife?" For half of the subjects, we said that the wife was having an affair with the best friend. For the other half, we said that the wife is loyal and the husband is very jealous. This one sentence before the story started was enough to make the brain responses of all the people that believed the wife was having an affair be very similar in these high-order areas and different than the other group. And if one sentence is enough to make your brain similar to eleopp that think like you and very different than people that think differently than you, think how this effect is going to be fmdepiial in real flie, when we are all listening to the xceat same news item after being exposed day after day after day to different emdia snahlcne, like Fox News or The New York Times, that give us very different perspectives on reality.

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So to test it in the lab, we did the following experiment. We took a _____ by J.D. ________, in which a husband lost track of his wife in the middle of a party, and he's calling his best friend, asking, "Did you see my wife?" For half of the subjects, we said that the wife was having an affair with the best friend. For the other half, we said that the wife is loyal and the husband is very jealous. This one sentence before the story started was enough to make the brain responses of all the people that believed the wife was having an affair be very similar in these high-order areas and different than the other group. And if one sentence is enough to make your brain similar to ______ that think like you and very different than people that think differently than you, think how this effect is going to be _________ in real ____, when we are all listening to the _____ same news item after being exposed day after day after day to different _____ ________, like Fox News or The New York Times, that give us very different perspectives on reality.

Solution

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  2. life
  3. people
  4. media
  5. story
  6. channels
  7. amplified
  8. exact

Original Text

So to test it in the lab, we did the following experiment. We took a story by J.D. Salinger, in which a husband lost track of his wife in the middle of a party, and he's calling his best friend, asking, "Did you see my wife?" For half of the subjects, we said that the wife was having an affair with the best friend. For the other half, we said that the wife is loyal and the husband is very jealous. This one sentence before the story started was enough to make the brain responses of all the people that believed the wife was having an affair be very similar in these high-order areas and different than the other group. And if one sentence is enough to make your brain similar to people that think like you and very different than people that think differently than you, think how this effect is going to be amplified in real life, when we are all listening to the exact same news item after being exposed day after day after day to different media channels, like Fox News or The New York Times, that give us very different perspectives on reality.

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