Monday, March 11, 2013

Happiness Explained: Spring Cleaning Can Improve Your Happiness and Productivity

 

Did you know? Spring cleaning can improve your happiness and productivity. De-cluttering gives us an opportunity to start afresh, get organized,and let go of things that no longer serves you. Researchers at Princeton University Neuroscience Institute published the results from their report “Interactions of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Mechanisms in Human Visual Cortex” and concluded that physical clutter negatively affects your ability to focus and process information.

 "The first and most fundamental prediction of biased competition theory is that objects compete for neural representation in visual cortex. A large body of evidence from both single-cell physiology and neuroimaging suggests that multiple stimuli present at the same time within a neuron’s receptive field (RF) are not processed independently, but interact with each other in a mutually suppressive way. In single-cell physiology studies (Britten & Heuer, 1999; Luck, Chelazzi, Hillyard, & Desimone, 1997; Miller, Gochin, &  Gross, 1993; Recanzone, Wurtz, & Schwartz, 1997; Reynolds, Chelazzi, & Desimone, 1999; Rolls & Tovee, 1995; Snowden, Treue, Erickson, & Andersen, 1991), neural responses to a single visual stimulus presented alone in a RF were compared to the responses evoked by that stimulus when a second one was presented simultaneously within the same RF. The responses to the paired stimuli were found to be smaller thanthe sum of the responses evoked by each stimulus individually and turned out to be a weighted average of their individual responses (Reynolds et al., 1999). These suppressive interactions among multiple stimuli present simultaneously in the visual field are consistent with the idea that these stimuli are competing for representationby single neurons in visual cortex."


Need some tips or ideas on how to start organizing and de-cluttering you home?

Visit Martha Stewart website for great organizing tips and home inspiration:  

http://www.marthastewart.com/276989/organizing


 
 
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