The Distracted Mind

The Distracted Mind Most Of Us Will Freely Admit That We Are Obsessed With Our Devices We Pride Ourselves On Our Ability To Multitask Read Work Email, Reply To A Text, Check Facebook, Watch A Video Clip Talk On The Phone, Send A Text, Drive A Car Enjoy Family Dinner With A Glowing Smartphone Next To Our Plates We Can Do It All, Never Mind The Errors In The Email, The Near Miss On The Road, And The Unheard Conversation At The Table In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley And Larry Rosen A Neuroscientist And A Psychologist Explain Why Our Brains Aren T Built For Multitasking, And Suggest Better Ways To Live In A High Tech World Without Giving Up Our Modern TechnologyThe Authors Explain That Our Brains Are Limited In Their Ability To Pay Attention We Don T Really Multitask But Rather Switch Rapidly Between Tasks Distractions And Interruptions, Often Technology Related Referred To By The Authors As Interference Collide With Our Goal Setting Abilities We Want To Finish This Paper Spreadsheet Sentence, But Our Phone Signals An Incoming Message And We Drop Everything Even Without An Alert, We Decide That We Must Check In On Social Media ImmediatelyGazzaley And Rosen Offer Practical Strategies, Backed By Science, To Fight Distraction We Can Change Our Brains With Meditation, Video Games, And Physical Exercise We Can Change Our Behavior By Planning Our Accessibility And Recognizing Our Anxiety About Being Out Of Touch Even Briefly They Don T Suggest That We Give Up Our Devices, But That We Use Them In A Balanced Way This is a short book on our attentional capacities that were developed on the prehistoric savannah and now contending with the information age The author describes two mechanisms of attention using the metaphor of guided spotlight the focus of light is attention and the swiveling guide to light might be executive control of that attention The author displays a cost benefit curve with linear attention costs with a steep benefit curve with diminishing returns over time The author talks about meta strategies to make the most of our most limited resource of cognitive attention. Have you noticed how many people are looking at their smartphones while walking, crossing the street or even driving Does it drive you up the wall that your friends keep checking their phones while you re trying to talk to them or share a meal Our addiction to gadgets and gizmos has brought us to the brink of an attention crisis, which is not just harmful but dangerous 80% of all car accidents and 16% of highway deaths result from distracted driving, and every year texting while driving kills thousands of folks before their time In addition, hundreds of billions of dollars in productivity are lost annually to distraction, not to mention the loss in overall quality of life Why do we all do this even though we know it s terrible for us And is there a cure Goal interruption is the ultimate problem, and the culprits are distractions and interruptions there s a difference According to Drs Gazzaley and Rosen, we are susceptible to them because we still have brains designed for foraging, always scoping the environment for novel information to enhance survival Unfortunately, modern gizmos plug directly into this foraging circuit, making us go Squirrel even when it s just a picture of one on a screen, and we don t really eat squirrels any anyway.Gazzaley and Rosen a neuroscientist and psychologist, respectively make a strong case that distraction is indeed diminishing the quality of our lives in significant ways They lay out the science of attention and information processing in a way that is thorough yet accessible to a general audience What I particularly like about this book is that they themselves have done some of the pioneering research on distraction and attention, so you re getting it straight from the source I gained a lot of insight into how goal interruption happens For example Suppressing irrelevant information is not a passive process It requires effort, and as you get older, you get worse at it, and are distractable Your brain can only handle one cognitive task at a time, so multitasking is impossible What you re really doing when you think you re multitasking is task switching , and the brain can only do that via network switching activating a whole different set of circuits This slows you down, big time.So we ve identified the problem now what The last two chapters of the book propose some solutions educational initiatives, meditation, exercise, brain games, and video games, some of which like Beepseeker and NeuroRacer are being developed in the Gazzaley Lab right now This is cutting edge stuff, folks, and potentially revolutionary.There s so much in the book that simply won t fit in a short review For me, the information was especially important because I ve been feeling a lot of my energy and productivity frittering away from distractions like email and social media How much could I get done if I managed my mind better The Distracted Mind non judgmentally frames the problem as the urgent crisis that it is, while proffering some straightforward solutions Maybe you, too, would like to take back some of your time and attention, or have a loved one that really needs help in this department If so, this book is the persuasive wallop you need to make the change towards a goal oriented, productive, healthy life. Probably unfortunately for this review, I read the first part and then set it down as I got distracted by other books I finally picked it back up and finished the second two parts.A fair number of books I ve read deal with related topics How does the modern world affect our ability to focus and interactions with others How can we focus on tasks better The book presents information on how distractions affect us It adapts the marginal value theorem MVT model to explain why we task switch so frequently and to present strategies for increasing the time spent on tasks.Overall, I enjoyed this book If you ve read other books on similar topics, there will be some repeated themes Even if you haven t, this book might seem repetitive.This isn t a thrilling page turner It doesn t pull the reader through the material like some other pop science books I still enjoyed it. I heard these guys interviewed on radio, and they were interesting, so I read the book The first part, which is technical regarding the inner workings of the brain are a bit of a chore to get throughand could be skipped The second and third parts, which are practical, address problems of distraction and strategies to better cope with distraction Overall, an interesting read Now put down that cellphone and get back to work An exceptional study of the psychology of technology, i.e how our ancient brains cannot deal with the high tech world The authors delve into our fundamentally limited capacity and how technology exacerbates and manipulates us with its multitasking flexibility, bombarding notifications and so forth Gazzaley and Rosen cite numerous studies with shocking statistics about the impact of technology on our relationships, working life and everyday tasks Such examples include how drunk driving and texting while driving have EQUALLY deleterious effects on our driving, we check our phones 150 200 times a day As they suggested, they did not wish merely to report but to prescribe some solution for our Distracted Minds Essentially, we need to reduce the accessibility we have to technology, realize that life can be boring and that s okay, be aware of our mental states and analyze where our anxiety comes from Ironically, I m writing this review while being bombarded with distractions in my external environment This book is brilliant for informing us about a problem whose scope we were unaware of, and it conducts good scientific practice by evaluating all of the evidence for the solutions it provides Highly recommend My distracted mind could not finish this book Imagine your most boring science teacher ever The content is good and could be interesting if there was ANY personality in the writing. I think for most people reading the last two chapters can provide with the practical benefits Very lengthy and overall not an enjoyable style of writing but it is useful. Would have liked tips on how to solve the issue Authors backed up their assertion that the mind struggles with all the inputs but I didn t need 200 pages of convincing on that. lk ve son b l mleri biraz bilinenin tekrar oldu u i in 2 puan k rd m Onun d nda ba ar l buldum, uzun zamand r ayn tarzda okudu um pek ok kitaptan almad m bir keyif verdi Detayl yorumlar yapabilmeyi ok isterdim ancak tam da u anda i yerinde Justin Timberlake dinleyip, bir yandan s ylerken, Geli tirme den laf atanlara cevap verip bir yandan maillere h zl ca bakmak zorunday m te ger ek bir da n k zihin So, It s like you re my mirrorMy mirror staring back at me

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  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Distracted Mind
  • Adam Gazzaley
  • English
  • 07 January 2019
  • 9780262034944

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