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Cognitive fatigue influences students’ performance on standardized tests

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, February 2016
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22 news outlets
blogs
5 blogs
policy
2 policy sources
twitter
78 tweeters
facebook
5 Facebook pages
googleplus
1 Google+ user
video
2 video uploaders

Citations

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207 Mendeley
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1 CiteULike
Title
Cognitive fatigue influences students’ performance on standardized tests
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, February 2016
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1516947113
Pubmed ID
Authors

Hans Henrik Sievertsen, Francesca Gino, Marco Piovesan

Abstract

Using test data for all children attending Danish public schools between school years 2009/10 and 2012/13, we examine how the time of the test affects performance. Test time is determined by the weekly class schedule and computer availability at the school. We find that, for every hour later in the day, test performance decreases by 0.9% of an SD (95% CI, 0.7-1.0%). However, a 20- to 30-minute break improves average test performance by 1.7% of an SD (95% CI, 1.2-2.2%). These findings have two important policy implications: First, cognitive fatigue should be taken into consideration when deciding on the length of the school day and the frequency and duration of breaks throughout the day. Second, school accountability systems should control for the influence of external factors on test scores.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
Belgium 1 <1%
Unknown 203 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 36 17%
Researcher 31 15%
Student > Master 31 15%
Student > Bachelor 27 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 12 6%
Other 43 21%
Unknown 27 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 46 22%
Social Sciences 13 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 5%
Medicine and Dentistry 10 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 10 5%
Other 72 35%
Unknown 45 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 282. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 24 February 2022.
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#90,056
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Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#2,026
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Outputs of similar age
#1,775
of 282,108 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#49
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