The Intervening Mind considers the effect of intrapersonal communication, or inner speech, on attention. The nature of inner speech is that it is multitudinous, a polyphonic (and possibly incoherent) interweaving dialogue between one’s inner thoughts and the exterior world. It’s integral to emotional processing, decision-making, and the formation of memory, but it can act as a distracting force. Inner speech can interfere with your ability to concentrate on what you’re reading, or what another person is saying. We’ll dive into the role inner speech plays in our understanding of time unfolding, of focus, and of the fallacy of multitasking.
- This episode of Something Like was made on the occasion of Intimate Connections, streaming in-situ in the Resonance Room at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, part of the exhibition YOYI, Repair, Care, Heal.
Robert Beatty, Side A, Breathing Meditation
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Samuel Beckett, Not I, performed by Billie Whitelaw, 1973
Tonto’s Expanding Head Band, Aurora, Zero Time, 1971
Arca (Laurie Anderson Remix), Big Science, 2022
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