Cognitive overload and the work place: protecting our brains in a world of too much

Corrie, Sarah (2023) Cognitive overload and the work place: protecting our brains in a world of too much. In: Webinar-Cognitive Overload and the Work Place: Protecting our Brains in a World of Too Much, 4 April 2023, London.

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In recent years, and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic, the wellbeing agenda has garnered significant attention in the work place. This has given rise to numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing awareness of physical and mental health issues, how to recognise signs of struggle in ourselves and others, and how to develop the skills necessary to support emotional wellbeing. Yet, one element that is frequently overlooked is the phenomenon of cognitive overload. This occurs when our working memory becomes over-stimulated and our ability to think, organise and plan becomes compromised as a result. Although there are multiple reasons for cognitive overload, it frequently occurs when we are given too much information or are required to multitask over extended periods.
Individual manifestations vary, but cognitive overload is commonly associated with feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Over time, if unaddressed, it can also manifest in cynicism about the work place, compassion fatigue, a sense of failure and burnout. As excessive mental stimulation and heavy workloads have become a routine – and accepted –part of daily life, cognitive overload is an issue for us all. For individual scholars, it can significantly affect our ability to enjoy, value and deliver our best work. For leaders, it is important to understand the implications of cognitive overload for the wellbeing, efficiency and, ultimately, productivity of the workforce.
This seminar takes a look at cognitive overload through the lens of multiple disciplines in order to consider how best we can respond to this phenomenon in ourselves and others, and how we can work towards creating environments that can protect our brains in a world of unending stimulation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords: work place, cognition, overload, stress
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Sarah Corrie
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2023 07:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2023 07:56

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