After a successful launch on the pediatric inpatient units, the Journals of Hope Program has expanded into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, where patients and families can find strength and hope through the power of writing.
Trying to perform two or three demanding activities at once is not only stressful and inefficient, but it also drains the brain of energy.
It turns out we only think we are performing multiple tasks at the same time. In fact, neuroscientists have discovered that we are actually rapidly switching back and forth between tasks—a process that winds up reducing our ability to focus attention on any one subject and burning up precious glucose needed to fuel the brain.
The result may be fatigue and “brain fog” that makes it harder to think clearly or recall information. Research suggests that even such apparently mundane tasks as shopping can be adversely affected by multitasking. An article in the Journal of Retailing found that shoppers asked to buy three snacks totaling less than 500 calories were more likely to exceed the caloric limit if they were multitasking by talking on their cellphones. The researchers theorized that the stress caused by trying to accomplish two tasks at once was responsible for the negative impact on distracted shoppers’ decision-making.
This article originally appeared in Mind, Mood & Memory, a publication of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, dedicated to maintaining mental fitness for middle age and beyond.
- Jan | 22 | 2021
Dismorfia de Zoom: Cómo las llamadas frecuentes por Zoom podrían estar cambiando la forma en que nos percibimos a nosotros mismos
Al principio parecía inofensivo, pero a medida que la pandemia continúa, no puedo evitar darme cuenta de cómo las llamadas de Zoom podrían estar desencadenando nuevas inseguridades. ¿Siempre hemos tenido este aspecto? ¿Estamos utilizando filtros para mejorar nuestra apariencia?
- Patient Education
- Jan | 21 | 2021
With recommendations to stay at home this winter to help stop the spread of COVID-19, David Mischoulon, MD, PhD, offers insights on SAD and how to stay well at home this winter.
- Dec | 9 | 2020
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- Dec | 4 | 2020
In this recent presentation, Kristina Skarbinski, MSN, FNP-BC, describes both common and uncommon symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). She then outlines management strategies including lifestyle modifications, types of medicine and surgical options.
- Nov | 24 | 2020
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