Balancing and doing tricks requires visual attention.
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Fidget items can have practical uses that help people calm down and stay focused. The problem with spinners may be that they require visual attention, which can distract users and others nearby.
Should laptops be used during class?
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Laptops in class are distracting – even for the most motivated students.
Many hands, light work.
It's all down to what's called your working memory.
Your brain picks up more than you’re aware of.
It has long been claimed that subliminal messages work. Now two studies have set the record straight.
With our attention diverted, we’re no longer in the moment.
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Whether it’s through Facebook or Snapchat, images and videos are changing how we communicate. But as words become more trivial, our attention, our creativity, and even our empathy may be at stake.
Despite the obvious limitations, we still keep trying to do many things at the same time.
Research regularly shows when people try to do two things at once, they tend to do both tasks more poorly than if they'd only attempted one at a time.
What difference will the time of the test make?
Our memory and attention are at their peak only at certain times during the day. Why would the timing of test not affect students' performance?
Your brain scan told me your mind would wander.
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Particular parts of an individual's brain tend to work together on certain tasks. Researchers can look at these patterns of "functional connectivity" to predict traits – like the ability to pay attention.
Should mobile devices be encouraged in class?
From the look of it, the millennials appear to be very comfortable with technology. But are they as immune to the effects of digital distraction as some might assume -- especially in the classroom?
Now then, where was I?
Our minds have always adapted to their environment but advertisers are exploiting opportunities for distraction like never before.
Now, the importance of paying attention becomes clear.
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