Navigation Links
Unable to focus? Welcome to our distracted society's attention deficit
Date:6/19/2008

Cell phones, Blackberries, e-mail, laptops allowing people to bring their work anywhere, news arriving in perfectly condensed and filtered snippets via the Internet and TV, never before has communication been so instantaneous and information distributed so quickly. Never before have people been so connected.

One would assume that this preponderance of advanced communication technology would promote a well-informed and close-knit society. While this is true to some extent and there are many benefits to be gained from these technologies, award-winning author and journalist Maggie Jackson surprisingly has found that compared to past generations, we are in fact less capable of quality analytical thinking, more ignorant about many issues, and more fragmented as a community. Never before have we been so disconnected. This, she concludes, is due to the erosion of attention. After extensively researching the history of communication and transportation technology, today's society, and scientific studies of human cognition, Jackson has documented her compelling case and some possible remedies in DISTRACTED: THE EROSION OF ATTENTION AND THE COMING DARK AGE (Prometheus Books, $25.95).

MIT professor Alan Lightman calls it, "an important booka harrowing documentation of our modern world's descent into fragmentation, self alienation, and emptinessbrought on, to a large extent, by communication technologies that distract us, dislocate us, and destroy our inner lives."

Jackson's definition of "attention" stems from studies in neuroscience that have identified a cognitive system comprised of three networksawareness, focus, and executive attention (planning and decision making)that work together to act as the "brain's conductor, leading the orchestration of our minds." The awareness and focus networks are systems responsible for gathering information about the environment, and the executive attention network is responsible for making decisions ba
'/>"/>

Contact: Jill Maxick
jmaxick@prometheusbooks.com
800-853-7545
Prometheus Books
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Patient Data Analysis Report Finds More Than 75 Percent of Chronically Ill Patients Unable to Obtain Needed Healthcare Have Some Form of Insurance
2. Axsun Technologies Announces Exclusive Cardiac Supply Agreement for Advanced OCT Tunable Lasers with LightLab Imaging
3. Women With IBS Unable to Switch Off Pain Response
4. Gunther von Hagens BODY WORLDS Exhibitions Welcome Specimens From Worlds First Living Body Donor for Plastination
5. Sinexus Welcomes New CEO and Completes Series B
6. Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)s Circle of Promise Welcomes Gabrielle Union, Lalah Hathaway, Synthia SAINT JAMES as National Ambassadors
7. Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Welcomes Installation of New YoNaturals Healthy Vending Machines
8. 2008 Welcome Back Awards Winners Honored for Extraordinary Achievements in the Field of Depression
9. Andre Agassi College Preparatory School Welcomes YoNaturals Healthy Vending Program
10. Stratos Product Development Welcomes Back John Havard as Vice President of Engineering
11. US Oncology Welcomes New Director of Federal Government Relations
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Unable to focus? Welcome to our distracted society's attention deficit
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Woodloch Pines, an ... has been selected by TripAdvisor as the number one best ... 6th best in the world for their annual Travelers’ Choice ... travel community . The website is home to millions of ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 23, 2015 VogueQueen is a ... affordable prices and many designers are thrilled to have it ... business announces its new collection of prom dresses for the ... to drive the strategic vision and he focuses on continuing ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) ... to “Live Fearless.” , The “Faces of Fearless” ... about how they or someone they know has faced a ... the moment. By telling these types of stories through livefearlessmn.com, ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Juvent Sports ... at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show to bestow a ... incredible female amateur golfer, Arlene McKitrick. The award commemorated ... amateur golf tournament win. She won her first amateur ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... has released a new blog post explaining the main features ... , Auto insurance quotes help many drivers find the best ... call an agent or visit an agency for price information. ... http://autocarinsurancebest.com/ . , Every business who relies heavily on ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:TripAdvisor Names Woodloch Pines Best Hotel for Families in America 2Health News:TripAdvisor Names Woodloch Pines Best Hotel for Families in America 3Health News:VogueQueen Unveils New Designs of Prom Dresses for 2015 2Health News:Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to Showcase “Faces of Fearless” 2Health News:All-Time Leading Female Amateur Golfer Arlene McKitrick Receives Juvent Sports Achievement Award at 2015 PGA Show 2Health News:All-Time Leading Female Amateur Golfer Arlene McKitrick Receives Juvent Sports Achievement Award at 2015 PGA Show 3Health News:Commercial Auto Insurance Provides Several Important Features! 2
... in minimally invasive surgical techniques -- most notably, ... common surgical option across the United States for ... , A newer, third option is a hybrid ... safe and effective and compares favorably with standard ...
... Software Complies with 100% of Updated Interoperability RequirementsTAMPA, ... a leading provider of electronic health records, today ... Technology (CCHIT(R)) has approved Sage,s product, Sage Intergy ... Ambulatory EHR , additionally certified ...
... Managing Turnover According to Cejka Search and AMGA ... to the current economic crisis is that physicians ... However, with the physician shortage intensifying and ... sharpening their competitive edge in finding and keeping ...
... surgical approach to treat stomach cancer has been shown ... treatment for some patients. , A new study led ... traditional "open" surgery to remove the stomach with laparoscopic ... surgeon removes the stomach while guided by a magnified ...
... thyroid cancer is being held today at the United Nations ... of thyroid cancer among millions of people around the world ... in Ukraine on April 26, 1986. ... (NYEEI) is working in partnership with Project Chernobyl, a ...
... Therapeutics, Inc. announced today positive results from a ... evaluating fenretinide for the treatment of geographic atrophy ... analysis was triggered when all patients had reached ... http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080220/CLW064LOGO )The analysis compared the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Helping hand of hybrid surgery benefits colorectal patients 2Health News:Sage Intergy EHR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification 2Health News:Sage Intergy EHR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification 3Health News:Sage Intergy EHR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification 4Health News:Sage Intergy EHR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification 5Health News:The Economy Plus Flexibility Keep Physicians in Practice 2Health News:The Economy Plus Flexibility Keep Physicians in Practice 3Health News:The Economy Plus Flexibility Keep Physicians in Practice 4Health News:New minimally invasive surgery option for patients with stomach cancer 2Health News:'Living With Radiation' Conference Commemorating Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Held at United Nations, Sponsored by New York Eye & Ear Infirmary 2Health News:Sirion Therapeutics Announces Positive Results From Interim Analysis of Phase II Trial and Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Fenretinide 2Health News:Sirion Therapeutics Announces Positive Results From Interim Analysis of Phase II Trial and Receives FDA Fast Track Designation for Fenretinide 3
(Date:1/23/2015)... 23, 2015  iMD Companies, Inc. (ICBU) has repositioned itself as ... and grab a foothold in the hydroponic, hemp and medical ... a presence in the sector, and recently partnering with the ... hemp and medical marijuana, iMD is committing to bring its ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... LAS VEGAS , Jan. 23, 2015 Cord Blood ... CBAI ) ("CBAI" or the "Company")  filed a Preliminary Proxy ... ( www.sec.gov ) today, and provides an update for shareholders ... authorized shares is requested. Dear Shareholders, ...
(Date:1/23/2015)... , Jan. 23, 2015  CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ CM: ... CytoSorb® extracorporeal cytokine adsorber to reduce deadly inflammation ... receipt of $385,642, net of transaction costs, in ... Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program sponsored by ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:iMD Companies Poised to Make Impact in Multi-Billion Dollar Medical Marijuana Sector With Recent Investments and Strategic Partnerships 2Cord Blood America Announces Preliminary Proxy Filing and Details Why a "YES" Vote to Increase Authorized Shares Is Requested 2Cord Blood America Announces Preliminary Proxy Filing and Details Why a "YES" Vote to Increase Authorized Shares Is Requested 3Cord Blood America Announces Preliminary Proxy Filing and Details Why a "YES" Vote to Increase Authorized Shares Is Requested 4CytoSorbents Receives $385,000 in Non-Dilutive Funding from the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program 2CytoSorbents Receives $385,000 in Non-Dilutive Funding from the New Jersey Technology Business Tax Certificate Transfer Program 3
... Mass., Aug. 31, 2011 Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc ... management will present at the following upcoming fall financial ... New York, NY, September 8 at 8:30 AM ET ... Zurich, Switzerland, September 13, 11:15 AM CEST oncology panel ...
... Fla., Aug. 31, 2011 A recent study featured ... dispels the myth that physicians, offices use prostate cancer ... The article, "Utilization Trends in Prostate Cancer ... of both surgical and radiation therapy for management of ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Syndax Pharmaceuticals to Present at Upcoming Fall Financial Conferences 2Study Explores Utilization Trends for Prostate Cancer Treatments 2
Includes conservation device, matched regulator, standard supply tubing, cannula, carrying case, batteries, and instruction booklet....
... Control Catheter with Accutrol is similar in ... except that it incorporates a temperature probe ... The temperature probe can accurately determine the ... catheter provides temperature accuracy comparable to a ...
... Through A 1.0mm Incision., ,Special Direct Acting ... Improved ... Approach., ,Recessed Jaws For Improved Sub-Incisional Flap ... Jaws During Sterilization., ,Reusable, Autoclaveable, Guaranteed For ...
... Special Reverse-Action Forceps Design With Spreading Spatula ... The Spreading & Lifting Of Corneal Flaps Created ... ,The Spatula Tips Of ... The Corneal Flap. Once Access Is Achieved, ...
Medicine Products: