Summary: New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.
The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make more, and faster, decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required…Read more.
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Daniel Levitin: The Organized Mind Audio Book Summary
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload audiobook mp3, by McGill professor of neuroscience Daniel Levitin, PhD, is an award-winning book on how the current climate of information overload inhibits many individuals from making their best performance, across almost all fields.
The book is a popular science best-seller, making it’s debut at the #2 spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, and ranking well across numerous other industry performance rating systems, including #1 on Amazon and across Canada, as well as reaching the top 10 on the London Times list.
Published in 2014 by Canadian-US press Dutton Penguin, The Organized Mind addresses how the human brain is designed to handle information, and what happens when there is an endless stream of information that leads to overwhelm.
The book is written for the lay reader, and does an excellent job of combining complex neuroscience principles with a practical, everyday approach that any reader can digest and apply to his daily life.
The primary focus of the book centers around three main themes, which Levity organizes as questions, the answers to which he believes will help the average reader take back control of his every day life to become happier, more productive and more successful across all areas of life, from work to family to hobbies and minor interests.
The questions Levitin poses at the core of his masterpiece are: How does the brain choose to pay attention to certain pieces of information and disregard others? Why does an average person remember some pieces of that information and neglect to remember, or forget, other pieces of information? And, finally, how can the answers to the first two questions be applied to help anyone make better and less cluttered use of their time and mental resources at hand?
According to these three core questions, Levity organizes the book into three corresponding parts. In the first, he delves into the neuroscience behind attention, and how the brain uses it. One of the primary points emphasized is that multi-tasking, something of which the modern individual is often guilty of – actually has severe negative consequences from a brain science perspective, and often leads to a huge waste of mental resources.
In the second and third parts, Levity explains how the conclusions drawn from studies on attention can be applied to everyday life. The second part addresses how individuals can leverage their ability to pay attention (or not pay attention, for that matter) to better engage their cognitive faculties and memories. In the third part, he shows how both of these concepts can be applied to become not only more productive, but also happier, less anxious, and more successful in the well-rounded sense of the term.
The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload audiobook is an excellent resource for anyone with an interest in but non-technical knowledge of neuroscience, and is looking for tips and advice on how to improve their daily lives that is based on decades of sound scientific research.