multitasking.jpgA 2004 study, “Miracle or Menace: Teaching and Learning with Laptop Computers in the Classroom,” found that unless students were being watched or had been reprimanded, they would Web surf or instant-message during class.

Recent studies at University of California Los Angeles, the University of Michigan and MIT found that it’s impossible for the human brain to learn in a meaningful while it’s distracted.

Associate professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Russell Poldrack , who oversaw the UCLA study, says that the human brain “learns” in two separate regions:

David M. Levy, a professor at the Information School at the University of Washington and a recent recipient of a MacArthur Grant, worries that everyone – adults and children alike – are suffering from this “multitasking mentality.”

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