Bealing, Jaqui. “Brain Scans Reveal ‘Grey Matter’ Differences in Media Multitaskers.” University of Sussex, 25 Sept.
2014. This article demonstrates a link between a decreased amount of grey matter in our brains and the negative relationship with using multiple electronic devices. The study requires more long-term investigation in whether the change in brain structure is caused by more toggling between media devices or if people with the brain structure are attracted to multitasking with media. I like this article because it has an interesting direction in the study of how multitasking with devices affects our brain and I will use this to emphasize the harmful effects of media multitasking. Bradberry, Travis.
“Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest.” Forbes Magazine, 08 Oct. 2014, p1. This article acknowledges the problems with multitasking specifically how it can ruin performance and possible damage the brain.
It states that multitasking can lower IQ and EQ and that the more time spent on media devices can alter the brain density of certain cortexes. I like that this article has easy information to swallow but I don’t think I will use it for my paper because there was nothing I could really utilize to make my paper better. Cheshire Jr, William P. “Multitasking and the Neuroethics of Distraction.
” Grey Matters, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2015, pp.19-25.
This article emphasizes that multitasking has become a more prevalent issue today and it is affecting the medical environment which has a constant demand for health professional’s time and concentration. Too much multitasking in the medical field can lead to memory loss and impaired judgment in ethics. I like this article because it has the science to prove why multitasking is harmful to us and I will use this to my advantage to discuss the topics of emotion in our thought processes and information loss.
Garner, Kelly and Paul Dux. “Generation Multi.” Australasian Science, May 2016, pp.34-35. This article discusses some important ideas in the beginning of understanding multitasking. Multitasking is different for every individual, so a study was conducted with 100 people who were asked to complete a simple multitask.
What was discovered is that with practice the brain can recognize each task as distinct but because of this practice specific behaviors can become habitual which interferes with the brain’s ability to be flexible and ultimately its capacity to understand certain situations. I like this article because it doesn’t necessarily say there is anything to gain from multitasking but in some situations like driving a car, it becomes a regular behavior with practice. The problem is that when the brain is trained in a certain way it isn’t flexible to perform more, like talking on the phone while driving and I will use this to create common ground with the reader. Goodwin, Bryan. “Mobile Devices: Driving Us to Distraction?” Educational Leadership, May 2015, p.
75-76. This article demonstrates the use of electronics and the way it changes our attention and understanding in classrooms and throughout our lives. One study in this article shows that the time it takes to focus after an interruption to finish a task takes longer than it normally would if there was no interruption. There are certain measures that can be taken to reduce the harmful effects of distraction by learning to take breaks and to use as little technology as possible to learn. I like this article because it has some very useful information regarding brain chemistry and it also lists some ideas on how to beat distraction. I hope to incorporate some of the ideas in this paper on my own because there are ideas that support my topic. McGowen, Kat.
“Meet the Supertaskers.” Psychology Today, Jan./Feb. 2014, pp.62-69. This article emphasizes the discovery of a small percentage of people who can accomplish more than the average person when it comes to multitasking. These people are called supertaskers and their success comes from their ability to ignore outside stimulus and filter emotions to accomplish more.
By precisely selecting what information to process, supertaskers can efficiently focus, remember effectively, become less distracted, and make fewer errors. Some of their abilities can be gained through practicing single tasks to train the brain to filter out unimportant information. I like this article because it has useful information about how multitasking works and I will use this as a counter-argument to my main claim.
“Multitasking Possible, but Only for Small Amount of People, Study Says.” University Wire, 24 Feb. 2016.
Proquest. This article illustrates that multitasking is a skill that is not easily done but it is possible. Our attention is very selective and because of this, we can’t focus on everything in our environment.
To multitask, all our resources are being juggled and its impossible to do more than one thing without failing or having to start over. I like this article because it suggests that people don’t necessarily get better at multitasking, but they believe they do. I will most likely not use this article because it didn’t really provide me with any information that I didn’t already know.
Strayer, David L. and Jason M. Watson. “Supertaskers and the Multitasking Brain.
” Scientific American Mind. Mar./Apr. 2012, pp.
22-29. This article discusses the way multitasking limits our functions in the brain but there are individuals called supertaskers who can multitask with ease. A study was done about distracted drivers and their inability to drive safely while using electronic devices leaving them blind to their environment. Supertaskers have a variant in their gene that allows them to effectively multitask and because humans multitask we are superior to animals from an evolutionary standpoint. I like this article because it goes into further details on what sets supertaskers apart from an average person and it also brings up the topic of psychological disorders that are related to attention. I will use this source in my paper to emphasize some of the harmful effects of multitasking in our lives and to support my counter-argument. Sullivan, Bob, and Thompson Hugh. “Brain, Interrupted.
” New York Times, New York, NY, 05 May 2013, SR12. Proquest. This article examines the effect of distractions on the brain and the time it takes to refocus. In the study conducted, 136 subjects performed a cognitive test while being told of either a call or e-mail interruption. What was revealed was that many students underperformed on the tests when they were interrupted but that it is possible to prepare the brain to respond better to a distraction. I like this article because it has general information about the topic of multitasking and I will draw on the main idea of this source to better my understanding of my topic.
Weinschenk, Susan and Brain Wise. “Why We’re All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google.” Psychology Today, 11 Sept. 2012. Sussex Publishers. This article examines how social media can be addicting and how dopamine, our brain’s pleasure system, can motivate individuals to seek out instant rewards and to keep seeking until they are satisfied.
The problem with satisfaction is that it doesn’t always fulfill the need that seeking out does. When it comes to technology, the randomness of a text or email stimulates dopamine indicating that something is going to provide instant gratification, so it should be sought over. I like this article because it tackles why we consistently use social media and I will use this to help demonstrate one of the issues multitasking can do to our body.