This is a fascinating, scientifically rigorous look at how our ancient brains respond to a high-tech world. Hint: They easily get distracted.
It was published by MIT and is not your typical breezy self-help read. To put it in perspective, in Part I of the book (on “Cognition and the Essence of Control”), my normal 40-50 pages per hour reading speed was reduced to a grinding 20-pages per hour as I wrapped my brain around the underlying evolutionary, neuropsychological factors at play.
Things picked up a bit with Part II: Behavior in a High-Tech World in which we take a look at the psychology of technology and its impact on our lives.
Then I was in practical-tools heaven in Part III as we explored “Taking Control”—looking at specific, scientifically proven ways to boost our control and modify our behavior. (There’s ONE huge prescriptive tip that we’ll get to in a moment. Can you guess what it is?)
Adam Gazzaley is a leading cognitive neuroscientist who is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. His Gazzaley Lab produced a bunch of the research explored in the book. He’s also the award-winning host of the PBS special The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley.
Larry Rosen is one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of technology. He is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills, blogger for Psychology Today and author of many other books.
The book is packed (!) with Big Ideas. If you’re interested in a challenging, deeply thoughtful, scientifically grounded look at how our minds work, I think you’ll dig it. (Get a copy here.)
For now, let’s have fun exploring a handful of my favorite Big Ideas. We’ll start by quickly wrapping our brains around how our brains work then we’ll look at some practical tools.
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