Head tracker knows what you’re doing and helps you multitask

If your phone buzzed right now, would it distract you from reading this? Of course, it would, because switching between tasks takes mental energy. Julien Epps at the University of New South Wales, Australia, wants to help us handle those distractions.

Epps is building a wearable system that tracks human movements to understand what task you’re doing, how difficult it is, and when you switch to something else. His goal is to help us control our multitasking lives.

Read the full story in New Scientist.

Kids want good answers to their questions

Credit: Willie Nordmann, flickr. Used under Creative Commons.

If you’ve ever been around a preschooler, you’re familiar with their incessant questions. It can be tempting to brush them off with a “Because I said so,” but new research shows that can hurt your credibility.

Five-year-olds and even three-year-olds can tell the difference between poor explanations and those that provide new information.

Read the full article in Scope.