“Journalist’s brains compared to other groups showed a lower level of executive functioning – the ability of the brain to regulate emotions, suppress bias, switch between tasks, solve complex problems and think flexibly and creatively,” said Tara Swart, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. … This was driven by a number of factors including high levels of alcohol, sugar and caffeine consumption (41% of the journalist drank 18 or more units of alcohol a week).
Note: It seems likely that the deficiencies observed in journalists’ brains are likely to impact on the tone of the stories we produce. A grumpy person is likely to produce stories reflect their state of mind. I argue here for an approach which aims to weave happiness into journalism, an approach which might help make us better able to face difficult problems. ■