Monday, January 28, 2008

Is Multitasking Killing Us?

My friend Ray Frush sent me this one.

Multitasking messes with the brain in several ways. At the most basic level, the mental balancing acts that it requires—the constant switching and pivoting—energize regions of the brain that specialize in visual processing and physical coordination and simultaneously appear to shortchange some of the higher areas related to memory and learning. We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is that we’re supposed to be concentrating on.

Some funny and disterbing conclusions can be found in this Atlantic article.

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