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Gas, Milk, Ukraine…are killing our Cognitive Performance
We are all saturated with news events and social media chatter. The pressures of everyday life, when combined with the current news feed, the stresses of everyday life can force us to multitask in ways that will eventually impact our cognitive performance and memory. Like me, you probably thought multitasking was for the cool people. At least we were taught that in grade school. As it turns out⏤researchers find that spending less time multitasking may be the key to improving cognitive performance and memory.
Why does the amount of time we spend multitasking have such a negative impact on memory?
Stanford psychologist Anthony Wagner theorizes that “reduced working memory occurs in heavy media multitaskers because they have a higher probability of experiencing lapses of attention.” The more time you spend watching TV while emailing and surfing social media, in other words, the more difficult it becomes to sustain your attention. Instead of building concentration, multitasking reinforces the mindset that psychologist Linda Stone famously calls “continuous partial attention.” It turns this scattered state of attention into a habit, Inc. reports.
Donald Hebb, an early neuroscientist, noted the core problem and opportunity at the heart of this modern predicament: “neurons that fire together, wire together.” When we multitask, we’re firing the neural pathways of distraction and diminished memory over and over again. Eventually, these neurons that fire together, wire together. When we break this habit, however, we’re firing new, more productive neural pathways. We’re wiring together mental habits that allow us to achieve deeper levels of focus and heightened levels of memory processing and recall. In short, we’re smarter when we just do one thing at a time.
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