Scientists say, slow down: need another reason to quit trying to do too much? – mind, body & spirit

Scientists say, slow down: need another reason to quit trying to do too much? – mind, body & spirit – Brief Article

A RECENT REPORT IN THE Journal of Experimental Psychology claims that, contrary to popular belief, people are actually less efficient when they multitask. The more complex the tasks are to do, the longer it takes your brain to switch gears, says the lead researcher of the study, David Meyer, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Driving while talking on a cell phone is particularly egregious, notes Meyer, saying the lapse in brain power may lead to accidents. His bottom line: Don’t multitask unless you absolutely must.

Meyer’s recommendation echoes the sentiments of the international grass-roots Slow Cities movement started last year, which urges people to adopt a simpler lifestyle, including growing their own organic foods and visiting farmers’ markets.

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