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That quiz you aced and shared? Maybe it was rigged. I find a couple of shared quizzes in my Facebook feed every day.

That quiz you aced and shared? Maybe it was rigged.

Most of them are goofy, but when it comes to fact-based quizzes, it seems that nobody ever shares the ones they bomb. Is that because of human nature: image crafting, socially-acceptable bragging, and taking quizzes on which you expect to excel anyway? Or is it because the tests are completely fake? This morning, a quiz asking “Could you pass the German citizenship test?” Was shared in a Facebook group for German language learners. I chose the 1st answer to every question: my score was 100%I chose the 2nd answer to every question: 90% (2 answers wrong)I chose the 3rd answer to every question: 95% (1 answer wrong)I chose answers in the pattern of A, B, C, A, B, C, etc.: 95%I tried to choose a wrong answer on every question: 100%!

Hmmmmmmm. Listen while you work: What music does to your brain. Damn.

Listen while you work: What music does to your brain

I forgot my headphones. Nothing has a more negative impact on my day than showing up to our office without them. Like most people, music is a huge part of my life and my tastes are constantly changing based on how I feel or what I’m doing. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, from jazz, to indie pop, to electronica, on what seems to be a never-ending search for the perfect tunes to keep me in the zone.

When I looked back at all my favorite playlists, I wondered what effect music has had on my work and more specifically, which types of music have had the most impact. I thought it’d be interesting to take a dive into the science behind the deep power of music to find out if it actually helps you work better. Why you love music Whether you’re listening to the driving beat of a Daft Punk song or the opening chords of a mellow Jack Johnson track, both have an effect on your brain that is not seen in any other animal. ‘Two cheeseburgers equals one orgasm.’ – PBS. News: Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students, Kent State Research Shows.

Today, smartphones are central to college students’ lives, keeping them constantly connected with friends, family and the Internet.

News: Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students, Kent State Research Shows

Students’ cell phones are rarely out of reach whether the setting is a college classroom, library, recreational center, cafeteria or dorm room. As cell phone use continues to increase, it is worth considering whether use of the device is related to measurable outcomes important for student success, such as academic performance, anxiety and happiness. Kent State University researchers Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Aryn Karpinski, Ph.D., all faculty members in the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, surveyed more than 500 university students. Daily cell phone use was recorded along with a clinical measure of anxiety and each student’s level of satisfaction with their own life, or in other words happiness. For more information about Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit www.kent.edu/ehhs. Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning. Teaching Strategies.

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus. Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students.

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area. “The real message is because attention is under siege more than it has ever been in human history, we have more distractions than ever before, we have to be more focused on cultivating the skills of attention,” said Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and other books about social and emotional learning on KQED’s Forum program.

The Myth Of Multitasking. Up next, we'll be focusing on you and your true love - your smartphone.

The Myth Of Multitasking

Think about it. Are you lost without it? Inconsolable if the two of you are separated? Willing to walk into a lamppost rather than look up while texting? Is it the object of your desire? And your romance is about to be taken to a new level. Now the two of you need never be separated for even one moment.

My next guest says our technology-addicted lifestyle and our nonstop multitasking may be affecting our ability to concentrate, manage our emotions, even think creatively. DR. FLATOW: Excuse me for my cough. NASS: I'm fearful and optimistic. FLATOW: How distracted are we today? NASS: Remarkably so. FLATOW: I'm Ira Flatow. Ethz.ch/wp-content/blogs.dir/1318/files/2012/03/Multi-tasking.pdf. Schoolsites.schoolworld.com/schools/Cheltenham/webpages/cmanser/files/attached to technology and paying a price2.pdf.