The most effective strategies to decrease technostress (the stress or illness caused by working with computers/devices/technology daily) are : Turn off notifications (from FaceBook, Twitter, etc). Constantly getting instant notifications can increase anticipation and anxiety (most commonly from a fear of missing … Continue reading
Did you have a relaxing summer? One that restored you? Sonnentag’s research into what kind of breaks provide us with the greatest degree of recovery concludes that the most restorative and restful breaks have four elements. How do your breaks … Continue reading
Do you get “flooded” during arguments? Dr. David Penner, Clinical Director at the Gottman Institute (home of relationship experts, and The Love Lab), gave a presentation in Seattle at the annual biofeedback conference. He shared their research on the physiological … Continue reading
A division of the U.S. National Institute of Health (the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health) has published a review of evidence concluding that relaxation techniques may be helpful for those with headache and migraine pain. After looking at U.S. … Continue reading
It’s not what you know… but what you do… Wellness lectures are not as helpful as actually practicing mind/body stress reduction exercises if you want to have lower level of stress chemicals during stressful situations. Elizabeth Hoge measured the stress chemical ACTH as well as inflammatory cytokines in … Continue reading
Lack of sleep deteriorates memory… unless perhaps it’s about negative things! It’s been known for a long time that getting a good sleep after learning new things will help consolidate that new information into long term memory. Now we also know that the amount … Continue reading
Most melatonin pills do not contain the dose listed on the label. Last month in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, University of Guelph researchers Erland and Saxena reported that 71% of the thirty common melatonin products they purchased in … Continue reading
Procrastination is predictable… of course we’d prefer to do something fun right now and leave everything else until later. 20% of adults claim to be chronic procrastinators, although that number may be as high as 70% among college students! Current research … Continue reading
Are you stressed? If “YES”, do you see that as good? A couple of weeks ago I was listening to Ed Lawrence, Canadian gardening guru, when he was asked how to get a healthy 80 year old … Continue reading
Does this look like a familiar classroom scene?
Researchers at York and McMasterUniversities found surprising information when it comes to laptop use in class and how it distracts not only you, but everyone else around you.
Multitasking is everywhere in our busy lives. We feel that without it we wouldn’t be able to get nearly as much accomplished, but many people fail to realize that it has negative consequences on task performance. When we are dividing our attention between two or more tasks, the incoming information we must process isn’t properly stored. (Sana, Weston and Cepeda, 2013) This applies to multitasking during lectures. If we are distracted by our own, and others’, computer screens it decreases our ability to store the information being presented to us.
The study Laptop Multitasking Hinders Class Learning for Both Uses and Nearby Peers (Sana, Weston & Cepeda, 2013) looked at whether multitasking on a laptop during class would negatively affect individual learning, and also if being in view of someone multitasking would have an effect. The results showed that students had lower comprehension of course material when they spent time multitasking during class. What is surprising though, is that students with a direct view of others multitasking on laptops had their comprehension even more negatively affected than those actually multitasking. Although those students were trying to learn, viewing their peers’ multitasking behaviour put them at a disadvantage.
Knowing these results, is it up to Universities to have more strict policies regarding laptop use during class time, or is it up to students to take responsibility for their own learning?
If you would like to read the full study, it can be found at http://www.sciencedirect.com.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca/science/article/pii/S0360131512002254#
Sana, F., Weston, T., & Cepeda, N. (2013) Laptop multitasking hinders class learning for both uses and nearby peers. Computers & Education. 62. 24-31. Retrieved from: http://www.sciencedirect.com.subzero.lib.uoguelph.ca/science/article/pii/S0360131512002254#