Home:English >> science >> The Science of Distraction

The Science of Distraction2009-05-24 23:14:29

Has the Internet nuked our ability to meaningfully focus on anything? A Thousand Little Windows: stupid writer's block Judson Collier/Flickr Just look at all the things you're doing instead of wor ...

Has the Internet nuked our ability to meaningfully focus on anything?
Image from so77.net

A Thousand Little Windows: stupid writer's block Judson Collier/Flickr

Just look at all the things you're doing instead of working this beautiful day before a holiday weekend. Checking Facebook, looking at emails, listening to music, checking out Popsci.com and its Twitter feed, etc. How can you manage to hold all that information in your head at once? And is it any good for you?

That's what the TierneyLab blog over at the New York Times is taking a look at. Two weeks after soliciting questions about the science of information overload and attention, they have reached out to Dr. Robert Desimone of MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT and Winifred Gallagher, author of “Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life for some facts about the science of attention. In the article, they tackle everything from PTSD to ADHD to just how many calculations the brain can really handle at once.

New York Magazine also looks into the implications of a world beset by technological distractions in their latest cover story. NYMag also quotes Gallagher, and touches on far more topics than the New York Times. If you want to hear more about the lifehacking and a future populated by children who only know a world of technological distraction, check out the New York Magazine piece.

Most importantly, if you're looking for information about distraction and the science of attention, you HAVE to check out this article on...hey, look! That dog's got a poofy tail! Wait, um, what was I talking about?

A Look Inside NASA's Custom Hubble Repair Toolkit

A Look Inside NASA's Custom Hu...

Fixing the most advanced telescope in space requires more than a trip to Home Depot Hubble Drill: A...
A Look Inside NASA's Custom Hubble Repair Toolkit

A Look Inside NASA's...

Fixing the most advanced telescope in space requires more than a trip to Home Depot Hubble Drill: A...
 A Look Back at a Noble Mars Lander

A Look Back at a No...

On the first anniversary of the Phoenix Mars Lander's touchdown, we know a lot more about Mars than ...
 Exhaust from Ice Resurfacing Machines Putting Skaters at Risk

Exhaust from Ice Re...

Still want to drive that Zamboni? An investigative report, dramatically titled “Danger in the Air,...

Powered by www.so77.net