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"From the Ted Talk by Amishi Jha: How to tame your wandering mind"

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It's a challenge, so pay attention, please. Now, why am I saying this? I'm suerly going to assume that you're going to remain seated and, you know, graciously keep your eyes on me as I speak. But a gonriwg body of literature sesgtgus that we mind-wander, we take our mind away from the task at hand, about 50 percent of our wankig momnets. These might be small, little trips that we take away, private thoughts that we have. And when this mind-wandering happens, it can be problematic. Now I don't think there will be any dire consequences with you all sinttig here today, but imagine a military leader missing four munteis of a military briefing, or a judge missing four minutes of testimony. Or a surgeon or firefighter missing any time. The consequences in those cases could be dire. So we might ask why do we do this? Why do we mind-wander so much?

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It's a challenge, so pay attention, please. Now, why am I saying this? I'm ______ going to assume that you're going to remain seated and, you know, graciously keep your eyes on me as I speak. But a _______ body of literature ________ that we mind-wander, we take our mind away from the task at hand, about 50 percent of our ______ _______. These might be small, little trips that we take away, private thoughts that we have. And when this mind-wandering happens, it can be problematic. Now I don't think there will be any dire consequences with you all _______ here today, but imagine a military leader missing four _______ of a military briefing, or a judge missing four minutes of testimony. Or a surgeon or firefighter missing any time. The consequences in those cases could be dire. So we might ask why do we do this? Why do we mind-wander so much?

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  2. minutes
  3. surely
  4. waking
  5. growing
  6. sitting
  7. moments

Original Text

It's a challenge, so pay attention, please. Now, why am I saying this? I'm surely going to assume that you're going to remain seated and, you know, graciously keep your eyes on me as I speak. But a growing body of literature suggests that we mind-wander, we take our mind away from the task at hand, about 50 percent of our waking moments. These might be small, little trips that we take away, private thoughts that we have. And when this mind-wandering happens, it can be problematic. Now I don't think there will be any dire consequences with you all sitting here today, but imagine a military leader missing four minutes of a military briefing, or a judge missing four minutes of testimony. Or a surgeon or firefighter missing any time. The consequences in those cases could be dire. So we might ask why do we do this? Why do we mind-wander so much?

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