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The overflowing brain : information overload and the limits of working memory

Author: Torkel Klingberg
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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"The most pressing concerns with the Information Age are: how do we deal with the daily influx of information that our inundated mental capacities are faced with? At what point does our Stone Age brain become insufficient? Will we be able to train our brains effectively to increase brain capacity in order to stay in step with our inexorable lifestyles? Or will we be stricken with attention deficits because of brain  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Torkel Klingberg
ISBN: 9780195372885 0195372883
OCLC Number: 218190606
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Description: xiv, 202 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the stone age brain meets the information flood --
The information portal --
The mental workbench --
Models of working memory --
The brain and the magical number seven --
Simultaneous capacity and mental bandwidth --
Wallace's paradox --
Brain plasticity --
Does ADHD exist? --
A cognitive gym --
The everyday exercising of our mental muscles --
Computer games --
The Flynn effect --
Neurocognitive enhancement --
The information flood and flow.
Other Titles: Översvämmade hjärnan.
Responsibility: Torkel Klingberg ; translated by Neil Betteridge.
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"The most pressing concerns with the Information Age are: how do we deal with the daily influx of information that our inundated mental capacities are faced with? At what point does our Stone Age brain become insufficient? Will we be able to train our brains effectively to increase brain capacity in order to stay in step with our inexorable lifestyles? Or will we be stricken with attention deficits because of brain overload? Torkel Klingberg is an international authority on cognitive training. In this book, he addresses these questions as he takes us through the limits and possibilities of the brain. What he suggests is this: if we find a balance between the demand of everyday activities and our limited Stone Age brain capacity, we can maximally develop our working memory - improving our brains and ourselves."--Jacket.

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