Interesting brain study.
This seemed tangential to civgene until i read this part.
“Talentsmart has tested more than a million people and found that 90% of top performers have high EQs. If multitasking does indeed damage the anterior cingulate cortex (a key brain region for EQ) as current research suggests, doing so will lower your EQ while it alienates your coworkers.”
There is a simple explanation for this in the metamind model of the conscience/subconcious. Rationalization, the process of logically assessing our subconscious emotional risk signals, is interrupted, or worse conflated with other signals (the core tool of propaganda and gaslighting). Many people (rightly) feel uncomfortable following un-rationalized intuition, so they ignore it. Becoming no better than a psychopath at assessing the immediate and current risks.
Further if lower effective intelligence results from frequent interruptions this strongly supports the idea that human intelligence is more than just a strong memory and fast logic processing. Very specifically it indicates that some part of subconscious thought management process(civgene says the metamind) is not only part of intelligence, but makes sense if it has it’s OWN memory structure(civgene indicates this is emotional metadata).
The metamind model could have predicted the outcome of this study. It explains it succinctly. Always a good sign.
Prediction: If this study is replicated and the metamind is accepted as the explanation, then some time in topical psychotherapy (talk therapy) should be able to restore previously tested IQ and EQ scores. The damage isn’t permanent.