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Thinking on Treadmills (04-24-15)

Research on working at treadmill desks continues to roll in.  Larson and his colleagues have learned that “Walking on a treadmill desk may result in a modest difference in total learning and typing outcomes relative to sitting, but those declines may not outweigh the benefit of the physical activity gains from walking on a treadmill.”

Reading, With Interruptions (04-17-15)

What are the implications of being distracted/interrupted while reading?  Foroughi and his colleagues report that “to fully comprehend a text, individuals . . . need to do more than recognize or recall information that has been presented in the text at a later time. Reading comprehension often requires individuals to connect and synthesize information across a text (e.g., successfully identifying complex topics such as themes and tones) and not just make a familiarity-based decision (i.e., recognition). . . . interruptions disrupted reading comprehension. . . .

Power Posing: Latest Findings (04-08-15)

Research Design Connections has previously reported on links between our posture and the way we think, as discussed here.  Additional research by Ranehill confirms that there is “a significant effect of power posing on self-reported feelings of power.”  Power poses open up the trunk of the body; an example of a power pose is leaning back in a chair like a recliner.

Clothing and Behavior (04-06-15)

Wearing formal clothing has cognitive implications.  Space design, among other factors, can support wearing formal clothing.  Sieplan and his crew found that “wearing formal clothing enhances abstract cognitive processing. . . . The findings demonstrate that the nature of an everyday and ecologically valid experience, the clothing worn, influences cognition broadly, impacting the processing style that changes how objects, people, and events are construed.”

Build in Spaces for Naps (03-27-15)

Research by Studte and her team confirms that napping during the day has benefits.  Their findings support the development of spaces for napping at workplaces, schools, healthcare facilities, etc.  The scientists report that “Many studies have shown that sleep improves memory performance, and that even short naps during the day are beneficial.”  Their new research confirms the positive effects of sleeping for short periods of time (in other words, napping) on memory and learning.