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Annoyance with others’ fidgeting can reduce peoples’ ability to enjoy social interactions, impair one’s ability to learn in the classroom and create difficulties at work. (Shutterstock)

If you’re annoyed by other people’s fidgeting or finger-tapping, you’re not alone: Misokinesia affects 1 in 3

If fidgety movements like drumming fingers or a swaying foot annoy you, there’s a word for that: Misokinesia.
New technology can be distracting for drivers. Engineers need to think more about the human experience when designing workplace and transportation technology. Shutterstock

Impaired on the job or behind the wheel? It’s not just a cannabis problem

The legalization of cannabis has started a discussion about on-the-job impairment. But drugs are not the only problem. Engineers should design workplaces that minimize the potential for human error.
Should we be more patient with those we view as distracted? Serhii Bobyk/Shutterstock.com

Tolerating distraction

We disapprove of distraction and consider attention as being valuable. What if they were, in fact, morally charged words, referring to the same behavior? Here’s what early Christian monks thought.

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