Attention! Media multitasking fuels forgetfulness

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Attention! Media multitasking fuels forgetfulness

Our brains do not multitask but only allow us to do one thing at a time

Senior features writer

Shrinking pupils may signal poor memory performance linked to attention lapses and heavy media multitasking, a major new study by Stanford University shows.

Heavy media multitasking has long been linked to underperforming memory and attention. The latest findings shed new light on why people may fail to remember something from one moment to the next, and why some individuals remember better than others.

The results, published in the journal Nature on Wednesday (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2870-z), could lead to ways of improving attention, learning and memory in everyday life and influence how conditions such as Alzheimers are treated...

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