Saturday, July 13, 2013

How Clutter Affects the Brain

From LifeHacker:
Whether it be your closet or office desk, excess things in your surroundings can have a negative impact on your ability to focus and process information. That’s exactly what neuroscientists at Princeton University found when they looked at people’s task performance in an organized versus disorganized environment. The results of the study showed that physical clutter in your surroundings competes for your attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.

A team of UCLA researchers recently observed 32 Los Angeles families and found that all of the mothers’ stress hormones spiked during the time they spent dealing with their belongings. Similar to what multitasking does to your brain, physical clutter overloads your senses, making you feel stressed, and impairs your ability to think creatively. (Read entire article.)

1 comment:

ImportanttoMadeleine said...

As usual, I agreed with every word of your post! I hope the enthusiasm for change that I feel right now survives until the morning. It would feel so great to get rid of some Stuff!