In a follow-up to my recent post on multitasking comes this report from the New York Times:
[A] study being published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences… shows that multitasking takes a significantly greater toll on the working memory of older people.Researchers said the key finding of the new study is that people between the ages of 60 and 80 have significantly more trouble remembering tasks after experiencing a brief interruption than do people in their 20s and 30s.
Wired.com reports that the Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science has completed a multi-year project to map the human brain – and make that map (actually a kind of virtual atlas) publicly available.
When asked why the Allen Institute undertook such an endeavor, CEO Allan Jones told Wired:
The Allen Institute operates on a different model than most research institutes, with a focus on creating catalytic resources for those other researchers around the world. Our mouse brain atlas, which was completed in 2006, has really proved to be an extraordinary resource for scientists and is used by approximately 10,000 unique users from around the globe every month. It represents for researchers a reference for new discovery, hypothesis generation and confirmation of their own data, and often saves them from having to do an experiment themselves in the lab, which it turn saves time and money.