Face masks, according to research conducted at the University of Queensland, can temporarily impede decision-making in certain circumstances.
A new study from the University of Queensland shows that in some situations, wearing a face mask may temporarily affect decision-making.
Dr. Smerdon stated, “People adapted to the distraction over time, but the decrease in performance was due to the annoyance caused by the Face masks rather than a physiological mechanism.”
“The data showed that masks were more likely to lower performance when there was a mentally taxing task that required a lot of working memory. This is something to keep in mind for jobs in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as other jobs that require a lot of working memory, like language interpreters, performers, waiters, and teachers.
Australian chess Grandmaster Dr. Smerdon stated that while mask mandates had contributed to halting the spread of COVID-19, little was known about their effect on cognitive performance.
He stated, “There are currently no large studies on the impact of mask wearing on the general population.”
According to Dr. Smerdon’s research, wearing a mask had a negative impact on chess performance, but only after four to six hours of playing.
He stated, “The results suggest that the effect of masks may depend on the type of task, its duration, and working memory load.”
Dr. Smerdon said that people and organizations could better decide when and how to use masks if they knew how wearing a mask affected decision-making.
He went on to say, “For instance, education policymakers may need to consider the disruptive effects of masks when designing exam conditions to address concerns about student health and fairness.”
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