short breaks from the task in/at hand


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I'm wondering whether "at" or "in" should be used in the following.

Brief diversions may actually help people concentrate and improve their performance on more important tasks, according to Alejandro Lleras . . . Lleras' research seems to contradict long-standing theories that attention is a finite resource that runs out after a lengthy period of focus. Attention is more like a gas tank that refills during short breaks from the task at/in hand, according to Lleras' study.

I'd appreciate your help.
  • CaptainZero

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    At hand is correct in your example, meaning the task being attended to by the person. In hand often means under control - for example: The police have the situation in hand.