Distraction in the real world, and the classroom, is vast and takes many forms.

In this video we talk about how different types of distraction can affect working memory, and how we can support children who may struggle to deal with distraction. Professor Chris Jarrold and Dr Rachael Hayes discuss how distraction can be managed in the classroom.

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The factsheet provides more detail on how distraction can affect working memory and learning and gives references and further reading. 

Click here to download Factsheet 3 - Dealing with Distraction. WM factsheet 3 (PDF, 442kB)

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This project was funded by an Economic and Social Research Council Knowledge Exchange Grant (ES/K005634/1) in Partnership with Educational Psychologists at Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council, and the media production company microfilm.

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