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  - deldevries - www.librarything.com

The academic approach to keeping and finding information is very appropriate. The author systematically structures and organizes the literature and adds practical stories into a cohesive and ... Read full review

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User Review  - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com

The amount of retention that you gain through Levitin's careful prose is surprising. He elucidates concepts clearly and succinctly while providing relative background information to justify his points ... 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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