Multitasking may reduce your productivity, and now a new study shows that this may happen because multitasking interferes with certain types of brain activity.The results suggest that it is better to work on one task at a time than try to complete many tasks at once, the researchers said.

 

In the study, the researchers wanted to look at what happens in the brain when the process of gathering information and absorbing it is interrupted. The scientists scanned people’s brains while they were watching short segments from “Star Wars,” “Indiana Jones” and “James Bond” movies. [6 Foods That Are Good for Your Brain]

Normally, to understand a sequence of events happening over time — as happens when you watch a movie — the brain must gather information about the events as they unfold, and absorb this information. However, when a person starts paying attention to something else, which is unrelated to the sequence of events, the information-gathering and absorbing process is interrupted. This phenomenon has real-life consequences: For example, a person usually needs to make an effort to recall what happened in a TV show after a commercial break, the authors noted in the study, published April 5 in the journal Human Brain Journal…