FA16-Project 22 Week 15

Being distracted can hinder a person’s ability to stay focused, remember things in sequence for exactly what they are, and recall things to retain memory. This can be a factor when trying to identify if a child is having a learning disability. With the different experiments conducted, a simple noise distraction can hinder memory with a person. When time is a factor and time is running out, it also has a person panic to not remember what is being shown to them. This experiment was used with a teenager and a preteen to show how distractions can cause problems with concentration with school aged children. When children are developing study habits, they tend to get distracted from outside noise and time constraints. Solving the problem with distraction, memory, and concentration is relevant with school aged children to better help students retain information necessary for learning. Music, time, and other outside sources such as electronic devices that encompass these items are an increasingly growing issue with teenagers and preteens. Academics are being affected by this, this scores are dropping because children are having a hard time holding information. 

This experiment is relatable to other studies in the field as it pertains to the growing of cognitive maps in children to try and remember different schemas as part of learning. One problem with this study is that there were only two participants readily available to perform the study, With more participants we can see a stronger correlation between memory loss with distraction. Different experiments in the future with the two participants can be used to determine an in depth look for a learning disability such as an IRB questionnaire, mood experiments, and recalling past experiences with testing.

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About Robert O. Duncan

I'm an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at City University of New York, with joint appointments in Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroscience. I also have an appointment as a Visiting Scholar at New York University. My research interests include cognitive neuroscience, functional magnetic resonance imaging, glaucoma, neurodegenerative disorders, attention, learning, memory, educational technology, pedagogy, and developing games for education.

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