The Science of Distraction Revealed

It is the bane of all college students and workers who are struggling to finish a report or a project. Sometimes, one simply cannot help their mind from wandering from the task at hand to often trivial and pointless things. Example: It is clear that I need to finish this essay by tomorrow, but the Yankees are playing later tonight. Also, I’m going to be hungry in a few hours and don’t know I want for dinner. And, oh yeah, this is a great song that is playing and I really should listen to it. Letting distractions take over is obviously counterproductive and even debilitating. However, according to new research studies, mind wandering is not always a bad thing. It is, in fact, related to a cognitive process involved in working memory and executive control.

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