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Contact: Shilo Rea
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Carnegie Mellon University

Heavily Decorated Classrooms Disrupt Attention and Learning

Caption: Published in Psychological Science, Carnegie Mellon University researchers looked at whether classroom displays affected children's ability to maintain focused attention during instruction and to learn the lesson content. They found that children in highly decorated classrooms (bottom image) were more distracted, spent more time off-task and demonstrated smaller learning gains than when the decorations were removed (top image).

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