Sudden breaks in work negatively affect the brain of older people

German neurophysiologists have found that sudden breaks in work negatively affect the brain of older people and their ability to focus again on interrupted work.

The journal Behavioral Brain Research indicates that scientists from the German Technical University Dortmund studied the state of the brain of 25 young men and 23 elderly German citizens using EEG devices. As part of this study, researchers asked participants to answer math problems of varying difficulty, and in the course of doing so, they deliberately devoured their god periodically to monitor changes in the nervous system, including alpha, beta, and tita. , where the last group of waves reflects the degree of a person’s concentration on solving the current problem and his activity in extracting information from memory.

Scientists are interested in these waves because a sudden switch to a new task causes the brain to transfer information from working memory to long-term memory, and returning to the solution of the first task requires information to be transferred from long-term memory to working memory.

The results showed that sudden breaks in work affected the brain activity of young and old people. But in young people, these changes manifested themselves when solving complex problems, and in older people, when solving simple problems.

The researchers hope this information will help their colleagues create ideal working conditions, especially for the elderly. This is very important given that people are aging rapidly both in developed countries and in many developing countries in Asia and Latin America.

Source: TASS