Talk to Yourself? Why You’re Not Crazy
Although suchِ muttering mightِ seem irrational, pastِ research hasِ shown thatِ self-directed speech canِ help guide children’s behavior, withِ kids oftenِ taking themselvesِ step-by-step throughِ tasks suchِ asِ tying theirِ shoelaces, asِ if reminding themselvesِ to focus onِ the job atِ hand.
I’ll oftenِ mutter toِ myselfِ when searching forِ something inِ the refrigerator orِ supermarket shelves, saidِ researcher Gary Lupyan, a cognitive psychologist atِ the University ofِ Wisconsin-Madison.
In oneِ experiment, volunteers wereِ shown 20 pictures ofِ various objects andِ asked toِ lookِ forِ a specific one, suchِ asِ a banana.