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You are reading an important paper in your field and suddenly find yourself thinking about what you need from the grocery store. You sit up and reread the previous two paragraphs. Not more than three paragraphs later, though, you wonder whether your black lab is in his doghouse or sleeping under the oak. You admonish yourself to focus.
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