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ERIC Number: EJ1017063
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
Capturing Students' Attention: An Empirical Study
Rosegard, Erik; Wilson, Jackson
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v13 n5 p1-20 Dec 2013
College students ("n" = 846) enrolled in a general education course were randomly assigned to either an arousal (experimental) or no-arousal (control) group. The experimental group was exposed to a topic-relevant, 90-second external stimulus (a technique used to elevate arousal and focus attention). The control group listened to the instructor take roll. Both groups then listened to the same 30-minute lecture followed by an exam. An independent-samples t-test found a significant difference in exam scores measuring information retention between arousal (M = 13.36, SD = 1.5) and no-arousal (M = 12.85, SD = 1.4) conditions; "t" (844) = 5.20, "p" less than 0.001. Results suggest introducing a lecture with an external stimulus increases information retention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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