From Yahoo Health:
Hectic Days Leave Fleeting Memories
July 26, 2006 08:48:29 PM PST
By Amanda Gardner
WEDNESDAY, July 26 (HealthDay News) -- No wonder many busy people can't recall what they did yesterday.
A new study finds that learning while multi-tasking results in less available memory, later on, of the item learned.
"If you're learning things under distraction, what you're going to end up learning is going to be different and, in particular, is going to be a lot less flexible," said Russell Poldrack, senior author of the study and associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Less flexible," in this case, means that the memory "will be more tied to the specific circumstances of when you learned it," and less prone to recall when those circumstances change, Poldrack said.
His team reported its findings in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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