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.
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