Your Brain on Multi-tasking

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Your brain on multi-tasking…. 

Yogis from class asked me to pass along a story I had posted on Facebook last week. They felt the information was compelling and wanted to share it with their family and friends.

My daughter Katie was texting on her phone and I asked her to stop for a moment so we could talk. Without pausing from texting she looked up at me and asked what was up (still typing at a speed I couldn’t conceive). I began talking and observed her as she continued to text and listen. Her eyes never left contact with mine and for about 30 seconds, she never looked down at her phone while she listened and typed simultaneously. She responded well and giggled, seemingly proud that she was able to multi-task so efficiently. OR so she thought..

Culturally, we think that it’s productive and efficient, but the marvel of multitasking comes with real health costs and potentially adverse effects to our brain and IQ. A study at the University of London found that participants who multi-tasked during cognitive tasks experienced IQ score DECLINES that were similar to what they’d expect if they had smoked marijuana or stayed up all night. IQ drops of 15 points for multitasking men lowered their scores to the average range of an 8-year-old child. Research conducted atStanford University found that multitasking is less productive and that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information cannot pay attention, recall information, or switch from one job to another as well as those who complete one task at a time.  Read more  of the article from FORBES magazine.

I’m also passing along Sanjay Gupta’s 2-minute Healthcast explaining what happens in your brain when multi-tasking.
Your yoga practice is a powerful doorway into the practice of mindfulness, and cultivating the capacity  to uni-task effectively, counterbalancing our very scattered, perhaps fragmented attention. 

Namaste,

Lisa 

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