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Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows

Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows
Stanford Report, August 24, 2009 Think you can talk on the phone, send an instant message and read your e-mail all at once? Stanford researchers say even trying may impair your cognitive control. By Adam Gorlick Attention, multitaskers (if you can pay attention, that is): Your brain may be in trouble. People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found. High-tech jugglers are everywhere – keeping up several e-mail and instant message conversations at once, text messaging while watching television and jumping from one website to another while plowing through homework assignments. But after putting about 100 students through a series of three tests, the researchers realized those heavy media multitaskers are paying a big mental price. Is there a gift? Still puzzled Related:  Multitasking Bad!ResearchMultitasking

Is Multitasking More Efficient? Shifting Mental Gears Costs Time, Especially When Shifting To Less Familiar Tasks WASHINGTON - New scientific studies reveal the hidden costs of multitasking, key findings as technology increasingly tempts people to do more than one thing (and increasingly, more than one complicated thing) at a time. Joshua Rubinstein, Ph.D., of the Federal Aviation Administration, and David Meyer, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Evans, Ph.D., both at the University of Michigan, describe their research in the August issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). Whether people toggle between browsing the Web and using other computer programs, talk on cell phones while driving, pilot jumbo jets or monitor air traffic, they're using their "executive control" processes -- the mental CEO -- found to be associated with the brain's prefrontal cortex and other key neural regions such as the parietal cortex. Article: "Executive Control of Cognitive Processes in Task Switching," Joshua S. Rubinstein, U.S.

Ludic fallacy It is a central argument in the book and a rebuttal of the predictive mathematical models used to predict the future – as well as an attack on the idea of applying naïve and simplified statistical models in complex domains. According to Taleb, statistics works only in some domains like casinos in which the odds are visible and defined. Taleb's argument centers on the idea that predictive models are based on platonified forms, gravitating towards mathematical purity and failing to take some key ideas into account: It is impossible to be in possession of all the information.Very small unknown variations in the data could have a huge impact. Taleb does differentiate his idea from that of mathematical notions in chaos theory, e.g. the butterfly effect.Theories/models based on empirical data are flawed, as they cannot predict events that have never happened before, but have tremendous impact, e.g., the 911 terrorist attacks, the invention of the automobile, etc. Examples[edit] See also[edit]

Multitasking may harm the social development of tweenage girls, Stanford researchers say When it comes to media use, the researchers' guidance: All things in moderation. (Photo: L.A. Cicero) Stanford Report, January 25, 2012 Too much screen time can be detrimental to girls 8 to 12 years old, but there is a surprisingly straightforward alternative for greater social wellness. By Dan Stober Steve Fyffe The researchers asked 3,461 girls, ages 8 to 12, about their electronic diversions and their social and emotional lives. Tweenage girls who spend endless hours watching videos and multitasking with digital devices tend to be less successful with social and emotional development, according to Stanford researchers. But these unwanted effects might be warded off with something as simple as face-to-face conversations with other people. The researchers, headed by education professor Roy Pea and Clifford Nass, a professor of communication, surveyed 3,461 girls, ages 8 to 12, about their electronic diversions and their social and emotional lives. A time for social development Advice for kids

Dr. Dave Walsh - The Multitasking Generation: Are Kids Juggling Too Much? - Mind Positive Parenting - Dr. Dave Walsh Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • June 23, 2011 My daughter is constantly juggling homework, facebook, texting, and TV - all at the same time. Justin, Vermont Justin, It sounds like you are having the same conversation with your daughter that millions of parents across the country are. Is this scene familiar to you? A Multitasking Generation Your daughter, and most of her peers across the country, are electronically connected like never before. Wired for the Web Does being wired make kids capable multitaskers? For example, a researcher in the United Kingdom found that frequent Web surfers took only two seconds on any given Web site before deciding to move on to another. The Cost of Multitasking However, other times, this rapid fire processing comes at a significant cost. A couple of researchers at Cornell brought this issue into clear view. Our Brains Focus on One Thing at a TimeIt's not that we can't do some tasks simultaneously. We'd love to hear yours! Dr. *Further resources and research: N.

Scholars Turn Their Attention to Attention - The Chronicle Review Imagine that driving across town, you've fallen into a reverie, meditating on lost loves or calculating your next tax payments. You're so distracted that you rear-end the car in front of you at 10 miles an hour. You probably think: Damn. By contrast, imagine that you drive across town in a state of mild exhilaration, multitasking on your way to a sales meeting. That illusion of competence is one of the things that worry scholars who study attention, cognition, and the classroom. "Heavy multitaskers are often extremely confident in their abilities," says Clifford I. Indeed, last summer Nass and two colleagues published a study that found that self-described multitaskers performed much worse on cognitive and memory tasks that involved distraction than did people who said they preferred to focus on single tasks. Experiments like that one have added fuel to the perpetual debate about whether laptops should be allowed in classrooms. In a famous paper in 1956, George A. Wait a minute.

Human Systems Dynamics The Positive and Negative Effects of Video Games - Raise Smart Kid Is playing video games good or bad for you? It can be both. Video games are frowned upon by parents as time-wasters, and worse, some education experts think that these games corrupt the brain. Playing violent video games are easily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some young people become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior. “Video games change your brain,” according to University of Wisconsin psychologist C. Below are the good and bad effects of video games – their benefits and disadvantages, according to researchers and child experts: The Benefits: Positive Effects of Video Games When your child plays video games, it gives his brain a real workout. Following instructionsProblem solving and logic – When a child plays a game such as The Incredible Machine, Angry Birds or Cut The Rope, he trains his brain to come up with creative ways to solve puzzles and other problems in short burstsHand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills. Click here for:

Think You're Multitasking? Think Again Nation & World | Multitasking hurts brain's ability to focus, scientists say Originally published June 6, 2010 at 9:18 PM | Page modified June 6, 2010 at 9:23 PM SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it. Not just for a day or two, but 12 days. He finally saw it while sifting through old messages: A big company wanted to buy his Internet start-up. The message had slipped by him amid an electronic flood: two computer screens alive with e-mail, instant messages, online chats, a Web browser and the computer code he was writing. While he managed to salvage the $1.3 million deal after apologizing to his suitor, Campbell continues to struggle with the effects of the deluge of data. His wife, Brenda, complains, "It seems like he can no longer be fully in the moment." This is your brain on computers. Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. More broadly, cell phones and computers have transformed life.