Processing Speed

Why care about your processing speed?

The ability to process information quickly and efficiently is pivotal in predicting the success one may have in daily life, such as driving, keeping up with conversations, or classroom learning. For example, a student who is struggling with understanding and reacting to information in the classroom may not get the grades that they aim to acquire. Good processing speed is important for efficient thinking and learning, and is believed to serve as the foundation of many other cognitive abilities. Understanding your brain’s processing speed and adjusting your lifestyle to improve it could be the difference between you achieving your goals and falling short.


Why care about your attention?

Your ability to pay attention in the classroom, on the field, in the gym, or in conversation will predict who you become in the future. If you are unable to maintain focused attention to the things that matter most to you and find you become easily distracted from goal-oriented behavior, you are putting yourself at risk of poor mental health. Good attention is a key factor underlying good memory, reduced stress, and overall good mental health. Understanding how your brain is impacted by what you attend to is the difference between poor and great mental health.


Why care about your impulsivity?

If you make decisions impulsively, or without proper forethought, you put yourself at risk of regret. Acting impulsively can lead to saying or posting things you wish you hadn’t said, neglecting responsibilities, spending money that you shouldn’t be spending, and seeking unhealthy behaviors over healthy ones. Understanding when and why you might be vulnerable to impulsive actions is key to achieving great mental health.


Why care about your mood stability?

Nobody wants to be unhappy. When you’re unhappy, your processing speed decreases, your ability to pay attention decreases, and your vulnerability to impulsive actions increases. The inverse is also true – impaired processing speed and attention can lead to depressed moods. Detection of mood instability may be an indicator that you’re having an “off” day, such as greater irritability, sadness, or other changes from your regular mood state. Understanding how your brain feels because of your everyday decision making is key to changing what hurts your mental health so you can achieve great mental health.

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