Two interesting items in the news this week:
1) The New York Times reported a new program in which medical students spend 10 days living in a nursing home as a person with certain defined disabilities, to help them more fully understand the experience. See the article and a short but powerful video
The key to this experience is not to come away thinking, “Oh those poor, sad, broken people–they need a lot of help”, but rather, “These are people who deserve all of the components of a life worth living–relationships, autonomy, meaning, growth–as I do. How can we change their lives for the better?” I think the participant in the video gets it.
2) And, as a note of caution in this technological age, multitaskers appear to be worse performers: A Stanford university study showed that people who rarely multitask performed consistently better in areas of memory and attention than did their “high multitasking” counterparts.
The question in my mind is the old chicken-egg one: Do people with ADHD-like traits tend to multitask due to those traits, or does multitasking cultivate attention deficit disorders? I’d like to venture an opinion, but I have a new Twitter arriving and the baseball game on TV is getting very interesting…