Archive for the ‘News’ Category

  • Collaborative Inhibition: How Group Work Harms Memory

    October 19th, 2016 No Comments Memory, News

    Collaborating in a group to remember information can actually harm recall, according to new research from the University of Liverpool. The study, which was conducted by psychologists from both Liverpool and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), analysed 64 earlier studies on collaborative memory and provides the “first systematic investigation into the costs… Read More

  • Crowdsourcing to Create Better Test Questions

    October 4th, 2016 No Comments News

    How do you create the best exam questions possible without spending half the semester on trial and error? Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggest relying on others—in a word, crowdsourcing—to improve test content. “Crowdsourcing opens up a whole new possibility for people creating tests,” says Philip Sadler, who led the research in… Read More

  • Beat Distractions by Making Tasks Harder

    November 2nd, 2014 No Comments News

    We all battle distractions on a daily basis, and you probably know what it’s like to settle in to finish an assignment or study for an upcoming exam only to find that ambient noises that were hardly noticeable before suddenly seem hugely distracting. For those who study from home where kids, phone calls, and other… Read More

  • Why You Shouldn't Listen to Music While Studying

    October 19th, 2014 4 Comments News

    Some of us know we work better with a little Jack Johnson egging us on. But new research out of the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff says listening to music can damage your performance on certain study tasks. Examining the ability to recall information in the presence of different sounds, researchers instructed 25 participants… Read More