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:6/24/2016)... ... ... Dr. Seema Daulat, a native Texan and University of Texas at Austin ... July 13, 2016. , Dr. Daulat earned her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) at The ... the Agape Clinic serving Dallas’ underprivileged community. , Following medical school, Dr. Daulat completed ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... An article published June ... link between head and neck cancer in individuals with unhealthy oral hygiene habits. The ... based on whether they had gum disease, brushed their teeth on a daily basis, ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... TX (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2016 , ... The ... and business clients throughout Jasper County and the surrounding region, is initiating a charity ... charity drive will raise funds earmarked for a scholarship fund that will be presented ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... , ... Virginia Beach resident Sean Kelly suffered from depression after a long ... peace and set out to accomplish a personal mission: a solo 50-mile paddle. Kelly ... came across the story of another special operations veteran, Josh Collins, whom Kelly had ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... ... June 23, 2016 , ... ... the 20th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders. This special session ... experts, highlighting the relevance, novelty, and quality of both clinical and basic research ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ("Collagen Matrix") the ... of collagen and mineral based medical devices for ... Bill Messer has joined the company as ... the growing portfolio of oral surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedic ... joins the Collagen Matrix executive team as an ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 The Academy ... of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical companies ... with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, a ... "value" of new medicines. The recommendations address ... not appear on the drug label, a prohibition that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... LEXINGTON, Mass. , June 24, 2016   ... specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today ... when Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set ... 2016. "This is an important milestone for ... "It will increase shareholder awareness of our progress in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: