The memory benefits of distraction

Taking attention away from the task at hand helps some patients with memory problems remember

By Bethany Brookshire, 17:00 PM November 26, 2013

Most people take it as a given that distraction is bad for — oh, hey, a squirrel!

Where was I?

… Right. Most people take it as a given that distraction is bad for memory. And most of the time, it is. But under certain conditions, the right kind of distraction might actually help you remember.

Nathan Cashdollar of University College London and colleagues were looking at the effects of distraction on memory in memory-impaired patients. They were specifically looking at distractions that were total...

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