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The Truth About Multi-Tasking | Premium

Are you a good multi-tasker?  If you answered ‘yes’, scientists at Stanford might disagree with you. When university students tested in a multitasking experiment involving colored bars, the heavy media multitaskers were more likely to have trouble ignoring irrelevant stimuli.

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Multi-Tasking Has Its Costs

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[PREMIUM] Research: Huh? Seeing But Not Hearing – Inattentional Deafness with Visual Overload

“Look at me. Look at me. Look at me NOW!”  – The Cat in the Hat Scientists at the University College London report that healthy adult subjects (ages 18-43) showed “inattention deafness” when they were required to do a visually demanding task like looking for letters. Vision and hearing, it seems share a certain amount […]
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[Premium] Why Working Memory Can Predict Reading Comprehension

“An important important hypothesis derived from our perspective is that those individuals with weaker attention-control abilities will more often succumb to interfering thoughts than will those with stronger control abilities…” “My mind tended to wander a lot — usually in order to entertain myself. I’d be off in another world and thinking about other stuff…” […]
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Angelina Jolie – Different is Good

Thanks Angelina Jolie for her “Different is Good” speech. at the Kids’ Choice awards this past week.

Jolie: “When I was little…I was told I was different and I felt out of place, and the one day I realized something…something I hope you all realize…different is good.

So… don’t fit in, don’t sit still, don’t ever try to […]

Sensory Distraction and High Creativity

Interesting report from Northwestern University found that people with “leaky attention” are more likely to have higher levels of real-world creativity.

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“…creative achievement in our study was associated with leaky sensory gating. This phy- biological effect concords with our prior behavioral evidence that creative achievement is associated with leaky attention (Zabelina et al.,2015), and demonstrates that […]