This is the second installment of the Living With Data series, exploring encounters with data in our everyday lives.
In order to figure out if our ability to spot — and be distracted by — stimuli had an evolutionary biology reason or was simply learned, researchers checked to see if people were more distracted from a task by spiders or by Doctor Who.
A series of studies, published in the most recent issue of Science, had students ranking sitting in silence and thinking below almost everything else, including self-administering electric shocks.
Sometimes paying close attention can cause us to overlook the seemingly obvious. Then again, if we couldn't focus our minds on a single task, we'd never get anything done.
The longer the task, the more difficult it is to avoid drifting off. But as a new study from the University of Cardiff has shown, people who chew gum have an enhanced ability to concentrate over extended periods of time, along with the added benefit of quicker reaction times.
Notice anything weird about this lung scan? If you look carefully you'll notice there's A FREAKIN' GORILLA SHAKING HIS FIST in the top right-hand corner! The scan is a play on the famous invisible gorilla experiment, where the most blatantly obvious of things — including those in plain sight — are simply ignored when…
In a new study, researchers found that people wearing lab coats were better at paying attention and performing tasks accurately than those not wearing the white jackets associated with medical professionals and scientists.
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Well hello color. How ya been, and who at Aerial7 did you have to get high in order to get yourself arranged in such a, um, loud way on these new Graffiti headphones?