Friday, May 4, 2012

Mind Wandering Is Linked To Your Working Memory: Scientific American Podcast

Baddeley's model of working memory in English
Baddeley's model of working memory in English (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can stay focused on this podcast for the next 60 seconds?
Well that depends on how much working memory you have, according to a new study in the journal Psychological Science (pdf).
Working memory is our ability to hold onto information for a short period of time, like keeping a phone number in mind while you search for your cell phone.
Now a study finds that your capacity for working memory is directly related to how often your mind wanders.
It turns out that those with a larger working memory capacity reported more distraction during the task. Indicating that our working memory strives to work at capacity. Such subjects had greater focus when tested with more complicated tasks.
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