The way many of us, especially young adults, consume digital media, often by multitasking, can impair attention, according to new studies.
Media multitasking, which is engaging in the TV program while texting or using social media, is a common activity among the younger population.
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Some of the effects of media multitasking include reduced attention spans, lapses in attention, and forgetfulness of information due to reduced brain-signal patterns.
The lower sustained attention can also result in people having memory recall issues in the long run, as the everyday behaviour evolves into a steady pattern.
Recent studies suggest we employ the same neurophysiological mechanisms while dreaming that we use to construct and recall memories while we are awake.
Studies also found that vivid, bizarre and emotionally intense dreams are linked to parts of the amygdala and hippocampus. The amygdala plays a key role in processing and memory of emotional reactions. The hippocampus is implicated in important memory functions, such as the consolidation of information from short-term to long-term memory.