A recent article on FAABS discusses how individuals who are more aware of how much time they have spent working on something are more likely to have less focus on what they are working on, compared to those individuals who are less aware of the passage of time. This is because keeping track of time competes for attentional resources that would otherwise be allocated to the primary task.
This has implications for students studying for a test. The more effort students are expending on tracking the passage of time, lower their subsequent performance. The chances of being distracted are higher for individuals with low working memory capacity. Dr. Magliano says that it is good to be aware that one is distracted by time and that this can impact one’s performance and this is when one should take a break.
Think about this when you are writing a research paper, creating a presentation or studying for a test!
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