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THE SCIENCE OF WHY WE FIDGET WHILE WE WORK

Most Of Us Do It, but Fidgeting at Work Hasn't Been Studied Before. Now Researchers are Figuring Out How It Impacts Our Working Day.


Paper clips, stress balls, clicking pens, rubber bands, magnets. Most of us mindlessly fidget with something while we ponder a project, listen to a lecture, or work through a problem, and two researchers from New York University want to know why.

"Is fidgeting actually part of our work?" asks Mike Karlesky, a PhD student at NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering in the computer science program. "Is it some kind of essential behavior that is part and parcel to how we think, how we process?" In the search for answers, he and his advisor, Katherine Isbister, started a Tumblr calledFidget Widget where they ask fidgeters to come forward and submit pictures of their favorite "doohickeys."

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