Study: Distractions distract

new study, supposedly revealing that email reduces your IQ, appears to be, at best, deeply flawed. But who knows, they haven't released the results. Vaughan writes: "the original press release ends by promoting an HP efficiency product, suggesting this may be part of a wider promotion..." and: [the] conclusion was drawn from an experiment where participants were given an IQ test while they received emails and phone calls they were told to ignore. Unsurprisingly, they did better when uninterrupted. In other words: when distracted, people do worse on IQ tests. Hardly ground-breaking research. (Mind Hacks via Stay Free!)

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