Cell phones may interfere with brain’s short term memory function (2014/04/29)

A local neurologist believes that there is a rise in loss of memory among middle aged people. She thinks excessive cell phone use could be playing a role by interfering with the brain’s memory function. 

While using a cell phone in the kitchen, this person makes coffee but forgets that lunch is still in the microwave. This is a common situation.

“For example, when leaving the house if I get a phone call, I may forget to bring my keys.”

Neurologist Huang Ting-yu has found that more middle-aged patients are complaining of loss of memory. She says about 40 percent who have this problem are smartphone users.

Huang Ting-yu 
Shu-Tien Neurology Clinic Director
The (brain ) must first undergo a sort of log-in process to create short term memory. If concentration is affected during this process or subject to some other interference, the formation of short-term memory can be disrupted. 

Huang recommends that patients suffering from such problems temporarily avoid their cell phones and let the brain rest. Another method is to turn off alerts for unimportant messages. Adjustments such as these can help improve the memory.

手機讓人笨

現代社會,都是人手一隻智慧型手機,但小心,太過依賴智慧型手機,可能會讓人越用越笨,有醫生發現,由於手機訊息太多,不停干擾大腦記憶功能,造成診間有高達4成的病患,就是因為使用手機,記憶力明顯衰退,常常忘東忘西。

這位民眾,邊滑手機,邊走進廚房,泡好了咖啡,卻忘記還在微波爐裡的午餐,這類情況,在日常生活裡,比比皆是。

[[民眾]]
比如說剛好要出門,接了一個電話,一面講電話可能鑰匙就忘了帶。

神經科醫師就發現,最近有越來越多的病人抱怨,明明才三四十歲,但很多事情都記不起來,經過調查,其中高達4成的病患,都是經常查看智慧型手機的族群。

[[書田診所神經內科主任醫師 黃婷毓]]
(大腦)必須要先經過,經過一個登錄的過程,才會變成一個短期的記憶,那短期的記憶在形成中,如果專注力有受到影響,或者有一些干擾,其實這個形成短期記憶的過程,就會受到破壞。

醫師建議這些病患,最好暫時離開手機,讓腦子休息,或把不重要的訊息聲音關閉,減少干擾次數,稍加調整使用習慣,就能改善症狀。

 


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