Podcast 158 - Attention spans: With apologies to goldfish

You may have seen headlines claiming that the average human attention span has dropped below that of a goldfish.

Written by Ross Dickie
Published 13 August 2019
Podcast 158 - Attention spans: With apologies to goldfish

But what does the evidence actually tell us, and how should we apply it to learning design?

This week on the podcast, Ross Dickie is joined by Owen Ferguson and Jonathan Marshall, Head of Learning at the UK’s Diplomatic Academy, to discuss:

In this episode you’ll find out about

  • What we mean when we talk about ‘average attention spans’
  • How environment affects our ability to focus
  • How L&D can win (or at least not lose) the battle for attention

Show notes

The growth mindset study Owen mentioned can be found at: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1466-y

‘How Not to Run a Panel’ by Yascha Mounk can be found on The Atlantic‘s website: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/how-not-run-panel/594814/

For a frustrating example of what UI means and why it matters, check out https://userinyerface.com/

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About the author

Ross Dickie

Ross Dickie

Online Instructional Designer
Ross has been working in L&D since 2015 and is a key member of the instructional design team at Emerald Works. Most of his time is dedicated to writing articles, scoping infographics and contributing to video projects.

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