The effect of surrounding cell phone vibrations on memory.

  • Cadavid Espinha, Sara (PI)
  • Luna, Karlos (PI)

Project: Research Project

Project Details


In a world full of cell phones, it is difficult to escape their different types of notifications, be they sounds or vibrations.

The distraction caused by these notifications generates global negative effects on information processing, particularly in attention and memory processes.

This project aims to study the effect of vibrations from a surrounding cell phone (which is not one's own) on memory in an educational context.

To achieve this objective, it is planned to carry out a series of experiments following the basic procedure of memory studies.

First, a study material will be presented (a video with educational content) in which the experimenter's cell phone will sometimes vibrate.

After a distractor task, participants will complete a memory test.

The participants will be university students who will participate voluntarily or in exchange for a small bonus.

In this research, no psychological interventions will be carried out and no sensitive data will be recorded. Therefore, no risks are foreseen for the participants or the researchers.
Effective start/end date2/1/237/31/24

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Main Funding Source

  • Installed Capacity (Academic Unit)


  • Bogotá D.C.


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