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Can You Read This With No Distractions

According to a new study published on Science Daily, “multitasking overloads the brain”. On the first day of my math class, my professor stated that no one was allowed to have any electronic devices out.  When we asked her why we were not allowed she claimed that there had been studies done proving that no one can multitask.

When I heard my professor told my class about this “study” I thought that she was absolutely crazy.  I look at my sister sitting next to me and gave her a look that showed how I felt about this so called study.  Since I thought my professor was completely crazy, I thought it would be interesting to see if she was right or not.

The first thing I did when trying to see if my professor was wrong was I googled “recent study on multitasking”.

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The first page of Google News did not have any articles that I thought would be useful, so I actually had to go to the second page!  However, when I saw articles on this page, I knew one would work.  I clicked on the second one since it looked like it had the most content in the actual article.

At the top of the article was this picture:

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I thought this picture was interesting since it shows how each part of the brain works when it is stimulated.  Also, I kind of realized that I was the wrong one…not my professor when I scrolled down below the picture.  In a larger font than the rest of the article, said,

“The brain works most efficiently when it can focus on a single task for a longer period of time”.

After seeing that sentence, I became upset.  I had realized that now my professor was correct.  Of course, I do not just believe it since I found one article backing it up.  However,  it was the type of site the article was published on that made me believe I was wrong.

Since the article was published on Science Daily, I knew it was most likely correct.  In previous classes I have taken where I had to do current events, teachers and professors had suggested using this site.  After learning more about reading laterally, I began to question this site.  Science Daily has a lot of ads on the sides which I never really noticed or thought too much of before.

By now knowing how to properly judge the truthfulness of a source, I began to read upstream and dig deeper into the article.  The article does have lots of percentages which I found to be rather interesting.  By pointing out percentages, I feel as though this proves how the doctors and scientists really tried and tested their theories.

Not only did the article seem to have done all of the proper research by having the percentages, but there were lots of details.  The article describes in an overview of their research.  Of course, the article is short and the details are just an overview and do not go too deep.

For people to go deeper into all the details of the study though, there is a link at the bottom of the article.  I feel that since there is a link to the actual study that was done on multitasking, that this improves the credibility of the article.  The link will take the reader directly to the journal website where the study was originally published.

The article on Science Daily is of course not the full article.  Science Daily even acknowledges the fact that they were not the original source.  I think by having the citation of the original article source at the bottom of the Science Daily website proves their credibility.  If the Science Daily website did not cite the original journal article of the study, then I would begin to question their credibility.  Just the simple citation at the bottom of the webpage (pictured below) made such a big difference.

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This study was done at Aalto University according to the article.  Never in my life had I heard of Aalto University so I decided to google the university.  Once I googled Aalto University, I was brought to their Wikipedia page.  After some digging around their page, I had found out that Aalto University is located in Greater Helsinki, Finland. At first I was discouraged when I found out that this university was only established in 2010.  Although that was 7 years ago, 2010 does not seem like it was that long ago to me.  However, I had found out through their Wikipedia page that they were the product of a merger of three different Finnish universities.  The Wikipedia page also proved to me that the university in Finland does a lot of research.  There was a rather large section of the page site just to all of the studies that the university preforms.

This specific study however, makes me rather sad.  I am upset that I found out that I was wrong and my math professor was right.  While I was reading the abstract from the original article found on the Wiley Online Library, I realized that the research was extremely true.  I was attempting to read the abstract of the article while I was also at my boyfriend’s.  My boyfriend was watching tv with his roommates at the time and I noticed my attention kept changing to the tv show and to what him and his roommates were talking about instead of reading the abstract.

Once I was finally focused on the abstract, I was able to read the very important sentence which summarized the entire study and the findings of the study preformed in Finland,

“Interruptions that require switching of attention to other event sequences disrupt this process.”

The abstract of the study described how the subjects of the study were shown short clips of movies, which is how they tested the attention span and the ability to multitask.  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines multitasking as:

“the performance of multiple tasks at one time.”

Based off of:

  • the credibility of the Science Daily website
  • the actual journal article of the study
  • the university that preformed the study

I have to say that all of the findings seem to be accurate.  Although I was proved wrong, I have no problem admitting it, and believing that this study was valuable.

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[DRAFT] Can You Read This With No Distractions? [DRAFT]

According to a new study published on Science Daily, “multitasking overloads the brain”. On the first day of my math class, my professor stated that no one was allowed to have any electronic devices out.  When we asked her why we were not allowed she claimed that there had been studies done proving that no one can multitask.

When I heard my professor told my class about this “study” I thought that she was absolutely crazy.  I look at my sister sitting next to me and gave her a look that showed how I felt about this so called study.  Since I thought my professor was completely crazy, I thought it would be interesting to see if she was right or not.

The first thing I did when trying to see if my professor was wrong was I googled “recent study on multitasking”.  Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 8.17.04 PM.pngThe first page of Google News did not have any articles that I thought would be useful, so I actually had to go to the second page!  However, when I saw articles on this page, I knew one would work.  I clicked on the second one since it looked like it had the most content in the actual article.

At the top of the article was this picture:

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 8.23.46 PM.png

I thought this picture was interesting since it shows how each part of the brain works when it is stimulated.  Also, I kind of realized that I was the wrong one…not my professor when I scrolled down below the picture.  In a larger font than the rest of the article, said,

“The brain works most efficiently when it can focus on a single task for a longer period of time”.

After seeing that sentence, I became upset.  I had realized that now my professor was correct.  Of course, I do not just believe it since I found one article backing it up.  However,  it was the type of site the article was published on that made me believe I was wrong.

Since the article was published on Science Daily, I knew it was most likely correct.  In previous classes I have taken where I had to do current events, teachers and professors had suggested using this site.  After learning more about reading laterally, I began to question this site.  Science Daily has a lot of ads on the sides which I never really noticed or thought too much of before.

By now knowing how to properly judge the truthfulness of a source, I began to read upstream and dig deeper into the article.  The article does have lots of percentages which I found to be rather interesting.  By pointing out percentages, I feel as though this proves how the doctors and scientists really tried and tested their theories.

Not only did the article seem to have done all of the proper research by having the percentages, but there were lots of details.  The article describes in an overview of their research.  Of course, the article is short and the details are just an overview and do not go too deep.

For people to go deeper into all the details of the study though, there is a link at the bottom of the article.  I feel that since there is a link to the actual study that was done on multitasking, that this improves the credibility of the article.

This study was done at Aalto University according to the article.  Never in my life had I heard of Aalto University so I decided to google the university.  When I Googled Aalto University, I was brought their Wikipedia page.  After some digging around their page, I had found out that Aalto University is located in Greater Helsinki, Finland. At first I was discouraged when I found out that this university was only established in 2010.  Although that was 7 years ago, 2010 does not seem like it was that long ago to me.  However, I had found out through their Wikipedia page that they were the product of a merger of three different Finnish universities.  The Wikipedia page also proved to me that the university in Finland does a lot of research.  There was a rather large section of the page site just to all of the studies that the university preforms.

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Possible Truth-O-Meter Posts

  1. India’s education system
  2. Greek life in the US
  3. Multitasking

For me, I think that looking at more posts about the Indian education system will be very interesting.  I want to become a teacher when I “grow up” and think learning about all education systems will help me.  Also, I feel that researching more about this topic now will help me for when I actually travel to India myself in less than 3 months to teach English.  I am very excited for a future career of teaching young students and even more excited to be teaching them in a different country.

It is no surprise that I am in a sorority.  I am very proud of my sorority, all of my sisters and I am proud to wear my letters every day.  It is very disheartening to me to see how people have a specific outlook on Greek Life in the US.  Greek Life is not a bad thing at all and is nothing like what is seen in the movies.  Also, not every sorority or fraternity hazes and it is rude of people to make the assumptions that we all do and that we are all bad people.

I think researching multitasking would be kind of cool.  One of my professors this semester will not let any student have any electronics in the classroom.  She claims that there has been research done that shows no one is able to multitask.  I feel like her claim is not true since I think I am able to multitask.  If I am able to find research that proves her wrong that people are actually capable of multitasking, I would definitely bring it to her attention.

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Studying Studies

The first study that popped up in Google News when I searched Recent Study was on Autism.  The “Most Autism Cases Can Be Explained by Faulty Genes, New Research Confirms” study immediately caught my eye for two different reasons.  First of all, I have two cousins in my family who do have autism so I am always interested in new studies.  Second of all, since I have a close connection with Autism, I am also getting a Special Education endorsement.  Since I like learning more about Autism and have done lots and lots of research on it myself ( although I am far from an expert) I decide to fact check this article.

Immediately after clicking on the article, I scanned the page.  The site has other scientific stories published on it, as well as lots of links to other pages within the article.  The article was also rather short, I thought.  While reading it though, the first paragraph did make since to me claiming that Autism is now believed to be genetic since I have two different cousins with Autism in my family (both on my father’s side of the family).

Since I was a little iffy on this new study, I first Googled the author.  When I Googled Mike Mcrae at first I got results for a comedian.

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So then I Googled Mike Mcrae-Autism and found that he in fact had written numerous other articles on autism as well.

Although the author of the article was credible, the website was still bothering me.  On the site, there were numerous ads and pop ups that appeared:Screen Shot 2017-10-10 at 12.09.35 PM.png

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Once I got past all the ads, another red flag that went up for me (of course it could have been an honest mistake) was that there was a spelling error.  The article talked about how this study was performed at Ichan School of Medicine in New York.  Since I had never heard of the school I copy and pasted it into Google…copy and pasted…and it was spelled wrong because Google suggested how it should be spelled.  According to a brief Google search, the medical school does seem to be like it is credible to me.

I did like how the article described other studies that had been down on Autism in the past.  Since I have done numerous research papers on Autism myself, I knew of the studies described.  Since they were correct with the other studies mentioned and of their findings, that kind of reassured me that this study might be okay.

At the end of the article, there was a link to the big, overall study.  Since I am not subscribed to the site that the full study was published, I could not view it completely.  However, based off of the facts provided in the article, the fact that this man has done other reach on Autism, my previous research/understanding of Autism, along with my family history, I do believe that there is a strong possibility that this article is true.  Of course, new research is always being done and always coming out, this might not stay true for long.

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Bubbles

Since all three groups covered very different types of news sites, all of the stories were very different.  However, a couple of the same topics did appear across all three groups.  The different groups all had stories on their sites that talked about President Trump.  Although, some did cover more about muslims, some more about the earthquake, and some about healthcare.

I feel like the difference with the types of stories on the sites is based off of the types of readers who are in the same political party.  Most likely, a conservative is going to care more about muslims or terrorism instead of the earthquake like some who is mainstream would.

Of course, no matter what the source, the reader should read laterally.  Just because something is on one news source does not mean that it is true.  Specifically, if a person is on a conservative news source since they tend to be a tad dramatic and overly extend the truth on facts.

I think that I want to fact check more on the Jimmy Kimmel story that was posted on liberal news sites.  The story from their quick summary seems interesting to me and like something that has more to it than might meet the eye.