Our smartphones make it harder for us to think whenever they’re near – even if they’re turned off, according to a new study published last week.

“It’s not that participants were distracted because they were getting notifications on their phones,” said the lead author of the study, Adrian Ward, an assistant professor at the McCombs School of Business at University of Texas at Austin. “The mere presence of their smartphone was enough to reduce their cognitive capacity.”

Source: If your smartphone is near you, it’s reducing brain power, study says | Bradenton Herald

I may have to re-think my smartphone policy in my classroom.

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