The effect of surrounding cell phone vibrations on memory

Project: Research/Creation 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 attentional and memory processes. In this project we plan to study the effect of vibrations from a surrounding cell phone (which is not one's own) on memory in an educational context. To meet this objective, we plan to conduct a series of experiments following the basic procedure of memory studies. First, a study material (a video with educational content) will be presented in which sometimes the experimenter's cell phone will vibrate. After a distracting task, participants will complete a memory test. Participants will be university students who will participate voluntarily or in exchange for a small bonus. No psychological interventions will be performed in this research and no sensitive data will be recorded. Therefore, no risks to participants or researchers are anticipated.
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)


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