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.
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.