Monday, May 21, 2018

Study Suggest Average Journalist Just Ain't Right in the Head

According to a study released last year, Journalists' brains seem to show they operate at a lower level than the average population, they have trouble managing emotions and drink to much - but good at managing stress and not peeing on themselves.

I think this may go a long way in helping explain what we've been witnessing in the news media for the last couple of years now. You decide....
"The study, led by neuroscientist Tara Swart, analysed 40 journalists from newspapers, magazines, broadcast, and online platforms over seven months. The participants took part in tests related to their lifestyle, health, and behaviour. It was launched in association with the London Press Club, and the objective was to determine how journalists can thrive under stress.  
The Doctor found Journalists' brains showed a lower-than-average level of executive functioning, which means they have a below-average ability to regulate their emotions, suppress biases, solve complex problems, switch between tasks, and show creative and flexible thinking.   
The study also showed that journalists' brains were operating at a lower level than the average population particularly because of the tendency of journalists to self-medicate with alcohol, caffeine, and high-sugar foods. Forty-one percent of the subjects said they drank 18 or more units of alcohol a week. 
Compared with bankers, traders, or salespeople, journalists showed that they were more able to cope with pressure.  The blood tests showed that their levels of cortisol — known as the stress hormone — were mostly normal." 

Thank You MJA for the Linkage!

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