9780262538565-0262538563-Concentration: Staying Focused in Times of Distraction (The MIT Press)

Concentration: Staying Focused in Times of Distraction (The MIT Press)

ISBN-13: 9780262538565
ISBN-10: 0262538563
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Van Der Stigchel, Stefan
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 224 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780262538565
ISBN-10: 0262538563
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Van Der Stigchel, Stefan
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: The MIT Press
Format: Paperback 224 pages

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Acknowledged authors Van Der Stigchel, Stefan wrote Concentration: Staying Focused in Times of Distraction (The MIT Press) comprising 224 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0262538563 and 9780262538565. Since then Concentration: Staying Focused in Times of Distraction (The MIT Press) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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How to concentrate in a world of beeping smartphones, channel surfing, live-tweeting, pop-up ads, and other distractions.

We are in the midst of an attention crisis―caused in large part by our smartphones. There's a constant stream of information that we are powerless to withstand because it shows up in our notifications. More and more of us are finding it harder and harder to concentrate. In this book, attention expert and cognitive psychologist Stefan Van der Stigchel explains how concentration works and offers advice on how to stay focused in a world of beeping smartphones, channel surfing, live-tweeting, pop-up ads, and other distractions.

The good news, Van der Stigchel reports, is that we now know more about brain and behavior than ever before, and he draws on the latest scientific findings in his account of concentration. He explains, among other things, that the battle for our attention began long before the digital era; why our phones are so addictive; the importance of working memory (responsible for executing complicated tasks) and how to increase its capacity; and why multitasking is bad for our concentration, but attention rituals help it. He describes the 2017 Oscars debacle (when the Best Picture presenter was given the wrong card) as a failure of multitasking; argues that daydreaming can be good for our concentration; and shows that the presence of a passenger in a car reduces the risk of an accident. He explains the positive effects of taking “tech breaks” (particularly in natural surroundings), meditation, and even daydreaming. We can win the battle for our attention, Van der Stigchel argues, if we have the knowledge and the tools to do it.

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