Multitasking and study

50 %
50 %
Information about Multitasking and study
Education

Published on February 6, 2014

Author: jasondenys

Source: slideshare.net

Description

Can you effectively study while texting or listening to music?

What does science say about multi-tasking? http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandreilinger/3065778845

In an experiment involving 62 undergraduate students taking an accounting course, half of the group was allowed to text during a lecture and half had their phones turned off… These studies and more from: http://www.biz.colostate.edu/mti/tips/pages/Students-ThinkThey-Can-Multitask---Here's-Proof-They-Can't.aspx

After the lecture both groups took the same quiz and the students who texted scored significantly lower on the quiz. Ellis, Y., Daniels, W. and Jauregui, A. (2010). The effect of multitasking on the grade performance of business students. Research in Higher Education Journal, 8http://www.aabri.com/manuscripts/10498.pdf

Students taking a general psychology course were asked to read on a computer a 3,828 word passage. One group used instant messaging before they started reading, another group used instant messaging while they were reading and a third group read without instant messaging.

The group that used instant messaging while they read took between 22 and 59% longer to read the passage than students in the other two groups… …and that was after the time spent instant messaging was subtracted from the reading times. Bowman, L. L., Levine, L. E., Waite, B. M. and Dendron, M. (2010). Can students really multitask? An experimental study of instant messaging while reading. Computers & Education, 54, 927-931.

A name has been coined for this problem: Continuous Partial Attention Syndrome http://www.flickr.com/photos/verbeeldingskr8/3520847455

Yes, sadly, this applies to listening to music while you study http://www.mindthesciencegap.org/2012/10/08/does-music-help-you-study/

Students were given a test in five different scenarios– 1. A quiet environment 2. With “steady state” speech. This means a single word (in this case, “three”) was repeated for the duration of the test 3. With “changing state” speech. This means a variety of words (in this case, random digits from 1-9) were played during the test 4. With “liked” music, meaning a song of the students choice (such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or Arcade Fire). Students brought in their own music, the only requirement was that it had to have vocals 5. With “disliked” music, which in this case was a metal song called “Thrashers” by Death Angel (all students in the study disliked metal)

The results found no significant difference between test scores with liked music, disliked music, and changing state speech. In other words, whether students enjoyed the music or not, having it on while they worked was just as distracting as hearing someone talk. Scores were significantly higher for tests taken in a quiet environment or with steady-state speech.

The brains of the students listening to the steadystate speech were able to tune it out in the same way that your brain can tune out the whir of an air-conditioner or the hum of traffic.

As a student, how can you stop your attention from being divided while doing homework? Think!

1) Turn off the TV while you study Have separate TV time

2) Nominate your study block of time each night and leave your phone with someone else* while you study. *Locked! Of Course! http://visitmobile.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/locked-phone.jpg

3) No Music! You’re not really listening to it properly anyway. If you are, you aren’t working and everything will take longer.

4) If you don’t need the internet for your work, pull the cable, or turn off your WiFi to remove temptation. If you do need the internet, allocate 5 minutes every half hour for FB, Tumblr, whatever. Be tough on yourself and make it routine.

5) Other ideas?

Add a comment

Related presentations

Related pages

Is Multitasking Bad for Your Brain? - Verywell

Multitasking: Bad for Your Productivity and Brain Health Multitasking can reduce productivity, but it might also impact brain health Share
Read more

Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies ...

You’ve likely heard that multitasking is problematic, but new studies show that it kills your performance and may even damage your brain ...
Read more

Multitasking Is Killing Your Brain | Inc.com

Many people believe themselves to be multitasking masters, but could it all be in their heads? Learn why multitasking is hurting your brain.
Read more

Multitasking: Switching costs

Understanding the hidden costs of multitasking may help people to choose strategies that boost their efficiency - above all, by avoiding multitasking ...
Read more

Human multitasking - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Human multitasking is an apparent human ability to perform more than one task, or activity, over a short period of time. An example of multitasking is ...
Read more

Women 'better at multitasking' than men, study finds - BBC ...

It is not a myth - women really are better than men at multitasking and employers should bear this in mind, say the authors of a new study.
Read more

Don’t Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You | TIME.com

Don’t Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You. Chronic multitasking could be making you less productive. Why? Because your brain is on overload.
Read more

The impacts of media multitasking

The impacts of media multitasking on children’s learning and development: Report from a research seminar, New York, NY: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at ...
Read more

Think You're Multitasking? Think Again : NPR

Don't believe the multitasking hype, scientists say. New research shows that we humans aren't as good as we think we are at doing several things ...
Read more

Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows

August 24, 2009 Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows. Think you can talk on the phone, send an instant message and read your e-mail ...
Read more