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  • Brief diversions vastly improve focus, researchers find

    A new study suggests taking brief mental breaks improves performance on a prolonged task.

    A new study suggests taking brief mental breaks improves performance on a prolonged task.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Alejandro Lleras, e-mail: alleras@illinois.edu. The paper, “Brief and Rare Mental ‘Breaks’ Keep You Focused: Deactivation and Reactivation of Task Goals Pre-empt Vigilance Decrements,” is available from the News Bureau.