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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Multi-tasking is the Wrong Way to Learn

Today's kids are in to multi-tasking. This is the generation hooked on iPods, IM'ing, video games - not to mention TV! According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study last year, school kids in all grades beyond the second grade committed, on average, more than six hours per day to TV or videos, music, video games, and computers. Almost one-third reported that "most of the time" they did their homework while chatting on the phone, surfing the Web, sending instant messages, watching TV, or listening to music.Kids think that this entertainment while studying helps their learning. It probably does make learning less tedious, but it clearly makes learning less efficient and less effective. Multi-tasking violates everything we know about how memory works. Now we have objective scientific evidence that multi-tasking impairs learning. See the summary at my Web site.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Distractability increases with age

Filtering out irrelevant stimuli is done more easily when you are young than when you are old. This has profound implications for age-related decline in memory ability. Read about what you can do to compensate at my Web-site discussion of recent research on this matter.
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And don't forget to get my book, so you can put all this in context and actually improve your memory - not just compensate for age-related decline.