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Study: Checking Phones in Lectures Can Cost Students 5% in Exams

Students perform less well in end-of-term exams if they are allowed access to an electronic device, such as a phone or tablet, for non-academic purposes in lectures, a new study in Educational Psychology finds.

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Understanding Attention and Concentration

"Everyone knows what attention is," wrote William James in his Principles of Psychology (1890). "It is the taking possession by the mind in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought... It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state."

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Ask Susan: My Teen Struggles to Remember Her Schoolwork

I have a problem with my 13-year-old who will soon be 14. She is an average child, but is struggling to multitask and her memory is poor. She is struggling with math, life sciences and history, and finds it very hard to learn dates. She can read fluently, but when it comes to remembering, she struggles...

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Divided Attention: What It Is and How to Improve It

Divided attention is a higher-level skill where you have to perform two (or more) tasks at the same time, and attention is required for the performance of both (or all) the tasks. Examples include driving a car while carrying on a conversation with a passenger, or eating dinner while watching the news.

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