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How does shift work affect memory and brain function?

Shift work is associated with poorer working memory (a type of memory that allows a person to keep in mind the information he is working with) and slower mental processing speed. This conclusion was reached by a team of Austrian scientists based on an analysis of research that studied the cognitive abilities of working adults, writes the Profile website.
How does shift work affect memory and brain function?

The results were published in the Occupational & Environmental Medicine magazine. The experts analyzed 18 studies in total involving more than 18 thousand people. The average age of the participants was 35 years. Information processing speed, working memory, cognitive control, visual attention, and the ability to switch between different tasks were analyzed.

As the analysis showed, almost all indicators of those who worked in shifts, turned out to be worse than people whose work schedule was regular. The most significant effect was observed for impulse control (the parameter concerns impulses primarily related to what a person wants or desires) and situational response. The effect on information processing speed, working memory, and visual attention was also significant, but not as large.

Source: https://profile.ru/news/society/health/kak-smennaya-rabota-vliyaet-na-pamyat-i-funkcii-mozga-vyyasnili-uchenye-1035487/

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