Going out to lunch zaps mental focus

Sharing a midday meal with friends could lead later to errors at work

By Jessica Shugart, 14:40 PM August 23, 2013

Lunch at a restaurant with a friend could lessen the brain’s aptitude for detailed tasks back at work, a new study suggests. If an error-free afternoon is the goal, perhaps workers should consider hastily consuming calories alone at their desks.

But bosses shouldn’t rush to glue workers to their chairs just yet. The research is only a first stab at teasing out how a sociable lunch affects work performance, says study leader Werner Sommer of Humboldt University in Berlin.

Researchers have long t...

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