Consistent Distraction Doesn't Affect Learning: Research

by Bidita Debnath on  December 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM Research News
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Consistent distraction doesn't hinder learning and inconsistent is the real problem, reveals a new study.
 Consistent Distraction Doesn't Affect Learning: Research
Consistent Distraction Doesn't Affect Learning: Research

According to the study by Brown University, as long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we'll do just fine and if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage.

Lead researcher Joo-Hyun Song said that most learned motor tasks - driving, playing sports or music, even walking again after injury - occur with other things going on and given the messiness of our existence, the brain may be able to integrate the division of attention during learning as a cue that allows for better recall when a similar cue is present.

The researcher said that the underlying assumption people have is that divided attention is bad - if you divide your attention, your performance should get worse. But learning has a later, skill-retrieval part. People haven't studied what's the role of divided attention in memory recall later.

The study was published in the journal Psychological Science.

Source: ANI

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