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College of Education Life at Home: ‘Cognitive Bandwidth’ with Keith Thiede

This pixelated version of Keith Thiede is an illustration of the signals we receive when we exceed our online bandwidth, similar to the signals we receive when we exceed our ‘cognitive bandwidth’.

Keith Thiede, College of Education associate dean, reminds it’s important for us to pay attention for signals that we might be exceeding our ‘cognitive bandwidth’ as we adjust to new ways of learning and connecting.

As we work and study remotely, we may be experiencing signals that we’re exceeding our online bandwidth, like frozen or lagging videos. Similarly, we might be receiving signals from our minds and bodies that we need to take a break, or engage in some self-care.

“The signals we are exceeding our cognitive bandwidth may be less noticeable, but it is important to watch for those signals,” said Thiede. “For example, being less able to focus attention on work or school, or not sleeping soundly. It’s important reach out for help when feeling overwhelmed.”

Laura Gallo, assistant professor of counselor education, has compiled information, tips and resources in a presentation geared toward helping parents to practice social and emotional wellness while working and learning from home.

Emotional wellness with Laura Gallo

Additionally, Boise State GradWell has student and faculty/staff resources for dealing with stress.

Boise State GradWell