Multitasking Affects Your Learning Process

Multitasking
Sometimes having a hectic schedule allows you to have multiple tasks at the same time.

According to studies, multitasking causes distraction to your brain that degrades your learning abilities. There are some people who have difficulty in studying when loud music is being played. Instead of focusing on what you’re doing, you focus your attention to the distraction.

Researchers found out that even if you can handle two things at the same time, you will still get confused and acquires less information than doing tasks one at a time.

Learning Becomes Less

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In a study, participants were examined by predicting cards with clues and various shapes in two scenes. One scene is at a room with no distraction and the other one is in a room with music playing. Accurate results were shown in the experimental and control data but the participant’s memory was affected later in the test.

During the follow-up question, participants answered that they did better in the test without distractions than in the test with distraction.

How Multitasking Interferes Memory

What is a hippocampus?

It is an area in your brain where information is being stored and processed. MRI’s (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) showed that the hippocampus is absent when multitasking is done; instead, a part of the brain called the striatum was involved.

Striatum is an area of the brain where new skills is formed. Therefore, the brain’s capability to learn is greatly affected when multitasking.

Other multitasking tasks can help boost your learning. One activity is playing relaxation music while meditating.

Improving your memory is by continuous learning. Exercise your brain cells by understanding the things you want to remember, reading a book, or by playing memory games.

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