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Thinking is an enemy of hurry

If you are in a hurry to get anywhere, close your mouth and stop thinking: just walk. The recommendation is not a new one, but it gained a scientific hue in July, at a neurology congress in Paris (New Scientist, July 17).  Researcher Véronique Dubost, from the University Hospital of Saint-Etienne, in France, said that studies carried out by her and her team prove that people walk more slowly and take shorter steps when they are chatting or thinking about the tasks they have to do. According to these scholars, attention wanders between the mental and motive activities.  And, would you believe it, priority goes to thinking.