This conversation got me thinking: what would psychological researchers say about the potential benefits or disadvantages of these kinds of "fidget" devices? Do they help some students selectively attend? Or do they divide student attention and add to "cognitive load?" Is there a learning/conditioning component (students associating learning with the spinning?)
This might be a fun conversation topic with your psych classes. How would researchers study this? What angles would different perspectives take on the topic?
posted by Rob McEntarffer