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  • Dr Paul Penn

Does media multitasking compromise the effectiveness of studying?

In this video I briefly respond to a question from a student who was wondering if "multitasking" between studying and viewing other unrelated multimedia (such as their social media accounts) would compromise their studying effectiveness.


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