The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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Penguin Canada, Jul 28, 2015 - Decision making - 528 pages
The information age is drowning us in 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 person reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up.

But somehow some people become quite accomplished at managing information flow. In The Organized Mind, Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel--and how readers can use these methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and lives.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to gambling in Las Vegas, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to daily life. His practical suggestions call for relatively minor changes that require little effort but will have remarkable long-term benefits for mental and physical health, productivity, and creativity.

This Is Your Brain on Music showed us how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows us how to navigate the churning flow of information in our daily lives with the same neuroscientific perspective.

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User Review  - Razinha - LibraryThing

For a book with the objective of reducing information overload, it really overloaded the information. There are some good tidbits early on, but most of the latter two thirds of the book is just about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carlie - LibraryThing

I am a really organized person by nature so I have to admit that a lot of what Levitin talked about was not very helpful to me, particularly when discussing organizing physical and digital files ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., is the James McGill professor of psychology and behavioural neuroscience at McGill University, where he also regularly teaches at the graduate school of business, and dean of the College of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI. The author of two New York Times bestselling books, This Is Your Brain on Music and The World in Six Songs, he splits his time between Montreal and Orinda, California.

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