We are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask. Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. In The Distracted Mind, Adam Gazzaley and Larry Rosen -- a neuroscientist and a psychologist -- explain why our brains aren't built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.
Gazzaley and Rosen offer practical strategies, backed by science, to fight distraction. They don't suggest that we give up our devices, but that we use them in a more balanced way.
Adam Gazzaley is founder and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center. He is a professor in neurology, physiology and psychiatry at the UC San Francisco and director of the Gazzaley Lab, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory. A major accomplishment of his research has been to expand our understanding of alterations in the aging brain that lead to cognitive decline.