Navigation Links
Texts, Other Distractions Tied to Errors at Work
Date:1/10/2013

THURSDAY, Jan. 10 (HealthDay News) -- Even short interruptions -- such as glancing at a text message -- can cause people to make mistakes while performing a task, a new study finds.

Researchers asked 300 people to complete a sequence-based procedure on a computer and found that interruptions of about three seconds doubled the error rate, according to the study, which was published Jan. 7 in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

The Michigan State University researchers were surprised to find that such short interruptions had a major effect. The interruptions were so brief that the time it took to deal with them likely wasn't the cause of the increase in errors.

"So why did the error rate go up? The answer is that the participants had to shift their attention from one task to another," lead researcher Erik Altmann, associate professor of psychology, said in a university news release. "Even momentary interruptions can seem jarring when they occur during a process that takes considerable thought."

Brief interruptions -- such as reading an email or having colleagues poke their head in the door -- are common in workplaces, the researchers noted.

They added that the potential errors caused by such momentary distractions can be disastrous for people in certain professions, such as emergency room doctors or aircraft mechanics.

These findings suggest "that our health and safety is, on some level, contingent on whether the people looking after it have been interrupted," Altmann said.

One potential solution is to provide these professionals with work environments where they are protected against interruptions, the researchers said.

More information

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration outlines how distractions in the car increase the risk of traffic crashes.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, Jan. 7, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Immunotherapy reduces allergic patients sensitivity to peanuts
2. Americans Suffer Worse Health Than Peers in Other Countries
3. After Hospital Discharge, Other Ills May Land Seniors Back in Again
4. Online message boards provide outlets for mothers concerns, MU researcher says
5. Lung cancer patients live longer if they use beta-blockers while receiving radiotherapy
6. Sublingual immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for peanut allergy
7. Elsevier selected to publish Cytotherapy: The Journal of Cell Therapy
8. Climate Change May Bring Another Mosquito-Borne Illness to U.S.
9. Scientists discover how deadly skin cancer spreads into other parts of the body
10. While in womb, babies begin learning language from their mothers
11. Capsiplex Fat Burner Formula with Red Pepper and Other Useful Ingredients for Quick Weight Loss
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Texts, Other Distractions Tied to Errors at Work
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... ... As a leading dental practice, Wall Centre Dental supports Stroke Awareness Month ... bleeding gums in Vancouver, BC, may be developing gingivitis, the first stage of ... and diabetes. Drs. Parviz Roshan, Siamak Tehrani and Milton Reskovich offer laser gum therapy ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... This year, participants in the ... finding product improvements that could reduce the occurrence of unplanned extubations (UEs). ... breathing or to provide medication. Sometimes, patient movement can cause unplanned extubations which ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... Uniform Advantage ... featuring seven new products designed to create tailored looks and athleisure-inspired outfits. UA Flex ... cotton easy care stretch twill. , With trendy looks hitting the medical community, UA ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... , ... John D'Eri, CEO of Rising Tide Car Wash , will ... during the Autism Society of America 's 49th annual conference to be held ... (DJFF) was founded in 2002 as the nation's first autism organization focused exclusively ...
(Date:6/20/2017)... ... June 20, 2017 , ... International water ... The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health ... world’s water crisis and how it affects the human eyes. , According ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/9/2017)... , June 9, 2017 AirXpanders, Inc. ... focused on the design, manufacture, sale and distribution of ... on the progress of its commercial roll-out in ... available in more than one hundred (100) medical institutions ... AeroForm offers a needle-free alternative for women who ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... -- Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ENDP ) ... Joseph R. Goodwin , U.S. District Court Judge for ... , entered a case management order in MDL 2325, ... Litigation (the "MDL") that includes a provision requiring plaintiffs ... on specific causation within one hundred twenty (120) days ...
(Date:6/3/2017)... June 3, 2017  Eli Lilly and Company ... results from the Phase 3 MONARCH 2 study ... 6 inhibitor, in combination with fulvestrant, significantly improved ... alone in women with hormone-receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal ... who have relapsed or progressed after endocrine therapy ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: