Research shows that taking a five-minute break during work can increase performance by 50 percent.
SYDNEY: Giving the brain a five-minute break between tasks can increase efficiency and productivity by more than 50 percent, according to a study.
In an experiment conducted at the University of Sydney in Australia, 72 students read a lesson to themselves and took two mentally exhausting tests.
Students who were allowed to take a five-minute break between tests scored an average of 57 points higher on the second test than students who did not take a break.
Some students who took a break did nothing during the break while others were shown a silent video of a natural scene, but both groups outperformed their peers who didn’t get a break in the second test.
Paul Gaines, associate professor of educational psychology, said giving the brain a break in the office, like in the classroom, can clearly improve performance. There is also Recharging, an easy way to recharge that is within everyone’s reach.
He said the research was conducted on university students, and he believes the research findings can be applied to young and old people.