Love's Little Blind Spots

Jarvis, Tim
April 2008
O, The Oprah Magazine;Apr2008, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p178
The article discusses some of the reasons why spouses are sometimes oblivious to their partners' emotional condition. One excuse has to do with a brain glitch called attentional blink. Richard Davidson, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says it occurs in certain circumstances when, for a split second, partners literally become unconscious of what might be happening right in front of them. He adds that this is true when people are in a heated interchange.


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