Although the article and study does not go there, the findings suggest the challenges for doctors to be both empathetic and analytical, and perhaps the need to be more conscious of which mode of thinking they are using when. Another illustration, at a higher level, of the limits of multi-tasking. Quote:
Scientists have discovered that the brain circuits we engage when we think about social matters, such as considering other people’s views, or moral issues, inhibit the circuits that we use when we think about inanimate, analytical things, such as working on a physics problem or making sure the numbers add up when we balance our budget. And they say, the same happens the other way around: the analytic brain network inhibits the social network.