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Teachable Moments: Chronotypes


For South Carolina Public Radio, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris from the College of Charleston. This is Teachable Moments, a minute of education for students and parents.

With Daylight Savings in the rearview mirror, many people are asking why we continue with this bi-annual ritual. My colleague Cindy May, a professor of psychology, co-authored a study that looked at how your chronotype plays a critical role in how we think.

She says that knowing if you're an early bird or night owl can improve performance on challenging mental task. She also recommends diving into your toughest mental task at a time that aligns with your circadian rhythm to improve the outcome.

Maybe the question is not about eliminating Daylight Savings, but knowing your chronotype.

For the College of Charleston, I'm Dr. Rénard Harris.

Rénard Harris is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at the College of Charleston (2022-present). He teaches courses in Leadership and courses in Managing Diversity. His leadership course focuses on the dynamics of effective leadership, positive influence, and clear vision. His Managing Diversity course focuses on exploring culture, experiences, and identity as asset and resource of those less heard and less seen.