11/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Overhearing Conversations Decreases General Performance: Study

Have you ever tried to read a book on a bus or train, only to find that you're spending more time listening in on your neighbor's phone conversation?

Lauren Emberson has. The psychology doctoral candidate at Cornell University has decided to take on an experiment that tests whether hearing half of a conversation actually causes a psychological effect in those within earshot - or whether your neighbor on the T is just that fascinating.

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