Adapted From Social Intelligence
You are driving to work, planning an important meeting with a colleague, and intermittently reminding yourself that you must remember to turn left at the traffic light, not right as usual, so you can drop your suit at the cleaners.
Suddenly an ambulance screams up behind you, and you speed up to get out of the way. You feel your heart quicken.
You try to resume planning the morning’s meeting, but your thoughts are disorganized now and you lose concentration, distracted. When you get to work, you berate yourself because you forgot to go to the cleaners.
This scenario comes not from some business primer but from the academic journal Science, as the beginning of an article called ...