WASHINGTON (AP) - Your parents were right, don't study with the TV on. Multitasking may be a necessity in today's fast-paced world, but new research shows distractions affect the way people learn, making the knowledge they gain harder to use later on.
"What's new is that even if you can learn while distracted, it changes how you learn to make it less efficient and useful," said Russell A. Poldrack, a psychology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
And all this time I thought my average grades were a reflection of an astounding lack of self-motivation, a rudderless academic path, and a pathalogical carom toward under-achievment.
As it turns out, I was just watching too much TV.