The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World

The Distracted Mind Ancient Brains in a High Tech World 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

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  • Title: The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
  • Author: Adam Gazzaley Larry D. Rosen
  • ISBN: 9780262034944
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, 24 7 Never mind the errors in the email, the near miss on tMost 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, 24 7 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 technology.The 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 immediately.Gazzaley 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.

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    1. I would be more comfortable with the opening words of The Distracted Mind 'This book is the first of its kind to explore the daily challenges we face with the highly engaging but extremely distracting high-tech world we now inhabit' if I hadn't read The Cyber Effect a few months ago. Admittedly Distracted Mind's intro goes on 'from the dual points of view of a psychologist and a neuroscientist', where The Cyber Effect was by a lone 'cyberpsychologist' but to be honest it's the quality of the con [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 me [...]

    5. Would have liked more 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.

    6. I heard these guys interviewed on radio, and they were interesting, so I read the book. The first part, which is more technical regarding the inner workings of the brain are a bit of a chore to get throughd could be skipped. The second and third parts, which are more 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!

    7. 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.

    8. If you want to know more about the limitations of your brain, that's your book. We are kind of brainwashed into believing that the brain has unlimited power to handle information, but the truth is, it doesn't. The book explains to great length how signals who use the same resource make the brain slow down or freeze and I think that's the greatest take away from the book - multi-tasking is a myth, and even if we can train to multi-task somewhat, if we want something done and done well, we need to [...]

    9. I appreciated the accessible and thorough way that the authors explained how our brains work in order to best illuminate the potential impacts of technologies on us. That said, I often found myself feeling distracted by the length of some of their explanations. Perhaps this means I'm an exemplar of what they aim to expose, but I actually think it's because I didn't need to be convinced of the science behind their findings, what I actually craved more of was what came in part 3: the cure.

    10. Exceptionally clear explanation of cognitive controls, specifically attention, working memory, and goal management, followed by cogent analysis of the impacts - and distractions - of today's pervasive technology environment.

    11. Good overview of some basic topics in human cognition and how modern technology interacts with them, but I was hoping for something a bit more conversational and engaging in the tradition of, say, Steven Pinker.

    12. Somewhat dry but really important read. Last chapter sums most of it up. It gave some ideas and solutions, but I wanted more.

    13. 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.

    14. My review of this book is going to sound a bit negative, but my regard for it is not, hence the four-stars.The book is nicely divided in three sections. The first one is the brain, how it works, studies, it's history and evolution. The second section is about the effect of the technological world on the mind and vice-versa. And the third is about how to deal with the world, techniques to be more productive, less distracted, more engaged. I don't have much to say about the first part except that [...]

    15. I first heard of Adam Gazzaley from Tim Ferris's interview with him. There are some fantastic description about the research he is doing at his Gazzaley Lab and he seems like a genuinely good fellow that is serious about curing the main issue with current technologically fueled generation: attention deficit. However, although the intention is good, but as I read the book, I cannot help but feel that it would be better with some help from a journalist or other writers with non-fiction pedigree. T [...]

    16. I finished this a while ago, but didn't post that in . I guess I was distracted.As a believer in the Living God and, by extension, the truths of the Bible, getting through the abject evolutionist Darwinism of the first part of the book was kind of a slog. During that part of the book the interesting part of reading is seeing how very wide of the truth the authors are.The latter part of the book is pretty interesting. It provides a fair amount of researched information about the nature of distrac [...]

    17. The Distracted Mind (always capitalized in this study of the same name) refers to our current state of affairs due to both our neurological makeup and our current use of technology. The authors—a psychologist and a neuroscientist—address the problem of our distractions from three angles. First, they want to explain our chronic distraction neurologically (why we’re wired to be so easily distracted) and socially (how our technology is changing us and exacerbating the problem). Finally, they [...]

    18. This is a thought provoking book on the impacts of modern technology on our ancient, distracted minds. The authors, a psychologist and a neuroscientist, walks the reader thru a series of studies showing the detrimental impact of the constant interruptions that our technology imposes on us. A blinking logo here, a red badge there, all asking for our immediate attention, just for a second we promise, then you can go back to doing whatever you were doing. The problem is that it takes us far longer [...]

    19. Lots of fascinating statistics about how the distraction of the high-tech world is not just affecting our lives but is actually changing the entire society (and our brains), mostly in a negative way. The book seems occasionally redundant, and the suggestions at the end are OK but might have been developed further. Still, I'm glad I read it. I used the book’s stats for a presentation during a getaway with my students (to good effect). I think the book is a good companion, one piece of a puzzle, [...]

    20. This was a very interesting book. The book is divided into three parts: (1) How the brain works and the limitations of our brain, (2) The impact of technology on our brain and (3) How we can take control and modify our behavior.The authors explain how the weakness of our brains has been intensified by the increased use of the current technology. By reading this book I feel that I have become more aware of the negative impact of the constant use of the internet, smartphones and social media and h [...]

    21. I guess I thought this book would give more ideas and strategies for reversing the affects of a “Distracted Mind” in the Information Age. Instead it was heavy on the science behind and the side affects of how our minds are distracted and interrupted by the super abundance of information. It often read more like a scientific paper. The end did offer some possible strategies to combat the “distracted mind”, but it seemed rushed and not very thorough. For that I’ve found writings by Gretc [...]

    22. Packed with scientific data to paint a very clear picture of how our brains have struggled to scale with technology. With it being so engrained in our culture and daily routine, the book adds perspective, cause and effect and actionables to reducing technological anxiety and improve cognitive ability.

    23. Great material although a lot of the book was repetitive. Could have been condensed. But for anyone who has not explored the areas of research here it would be a good add.

    24. Incredibly interesting. Some of the information went over my head but for the most part it wasn't too hard to understand.

    25. An excellent and important book, especially if you are a parent, teacher, or feel yourself more pulled into your devices than you would like. The first part of the book offers a deep--but admittedly complex, and sometimes challenging--overview of our brain's systems for paying attention, and how those systems can be hijacked by both internal and external distractions. The authors borrow an analytic tool from biology, on how animals forage for good, and use it to create an interesting new theory [...]

    26. Good book, but it read a little too much like a research paper that was published in a journal somewhere. Anyhow the contents are great, definitely opened my mind up to the limitations of the human brain and what the consequences of frequent context-switching can be. I was a little disappointed not to find many remedial steps in this book, there is just one chapter dedicated to potential solutions. I would still recommend this book as there is a lot of good learnings on how the human brain works [...]

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