Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day MON 21 APR 14
Make sure everyone eats together at dinner every day so that no matter how busy you are, you always get even just a little quality time
  • Good House Keeping
    Find your bliss this summer! GH's guide to a calmer, luckier, and happier you. On stands now for only P120.
    Good Housekeeping
  • Real Living
    Real Living’s April 2014 issue is a thing of beauty, literally! The magazine’s Beautiful Homes issue features 43 pages which will inspire you to rethink your own space.
    Real Living
  • Women's Health
    Everything you need to score your hottest, sexiest summer EVER is in the Women’s Health March issue!
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
March 27, 2012

The Higher Your Working Memory, the More Likely Your Mind Will Wander

Research shows that having all that space in your mind can make you more prone to distraction. By Jennifer Chan

Working memory is responsible for many things, including the retention of information. The higher your working memory, the more you can multitask. However, according to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, having a high working memory also means that your mind has a tendency to wander

In the study, researchers asked participants to do two simple things. One was to press a button when a certain letter appeared on screen; the other was to tap their finger in tune with their breathing. During the experiment, researchers regularly checked on their participants, asking whether their mind was focused or wandering. Their working memory capacity was also tested through their ability to remember a series of letters given to them alongside easy math problems. 

Results? Those with higher working memory capacities were much more likely to lose concentration. There was, however, an exception. Researchers found that the connection between working memory and a wandering mind disappeared in people who were given easy tasks that were filled with sensory distractions.

Having a better working memory doesn’t mean that your mind is cursed to wander, though. According to researchers, how you use your mind is still your choice. While there is a natural tendency for minds with higher working memory to drift off, you still have control over your actions. 


(Photo by pedroaxl via Flickr Creative Commons

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
5 Ways to Reflect and Meditate When You’re Time-Bound
Whether you have five minutes or five days, a breather from all the deadlines and meetings will do you good.  Apr 17, 2014 
What Would a Nutritionist, a Doctor, and a Vegan Eat at a Party?
Here's a bit of food for thought.   Apr 16, 2014 
Pattern Play: 15 Reusable Bags We Love
RuMe has the science of the eco-tote down pat.  Apr 16, 2014 
Is Your Diet Doing Damage to Your Breasts?
Here's another reason you should think twice before ordering that burger-and-fries combo.  Apr 15, 2014 
Happiness--Claim It, Own It!
It is within your power to make yourself happy.   Apr 14, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT