Attention! How To Lead A Focus-Driven Life

A new book called "Rapt" looks at the problem of multitasking

Friday, May 22, 2009

Although there is no calculator that can compute our national attention deficit, it is clear there are too many stimuli competing for our precious brain time. In a world where the temptations to twitter and text are 24/7, is there hope for our multi-tasked minds? Writer Winifred Gallagher says yes. In her new book, Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, Gallagher reviews the latest developments in the psychology and neuroscience of attention. She joins us in our studio to discuss the benefits of training yourself to focus.

"Multi-tasking is a myth ... When you think you're doing two skillful activities at once, what you're actually doing is switching rapidly back and forth between them, which makes you more error-prone, takes you longer, so at the end of the day you've actually been less efficient."
—Winnifred Gallagher on staying focused


Winifred Gallagher

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Comments [1]

Ed Collins

I agree that multi-tasking is a myth even clutter takes away from our focus.

May. 25 2009 07:50 AM

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