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

Author: Torkel Klingberg
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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As the pace of technological change accelerates, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload. Statistics show that we are interrupted every three minutes during the course of the work day. Multitasking between email, cell-phone, text messages, and four or five websites while listening to an iPod forces the brain to process more and more informaton at greater and greater speeds. And yet the human  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic book
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Klingberg, Torkel, 1967-
Overflowing brain.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008014273
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Torkel Klingberg
ISBN: 0199706727 9780199706723 1281826014 9781281826015 9780195372885 0195372883
OCLC Number: 294759027
Language Note: Translated from the Swedish.
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 202 pages) : illustrations
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? --
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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As the pace of technological change accelerates, we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload. Statistics show that we are interrupted every three minutes during the course of the work day. Multitasking between email, cell-phone, text messages, and four or five websites while listening to an iPod forces the brain to process more and more informaton at greater and greater speeds. And yet the human brain has hardly changed in the last 40,000 years. Are all these high-tech advances overtaxing our Stone-Age brains or is the constant flood of information good for us, giving our brains the daily exercise they seem to crave? In The Overflowing Brain, cognitive scientist Torkel Klingberg takes us on a journey into the limits and possibilities of the brain. He suggests that we should acknowledge and embrace our desire for information and mental challenges, but try to find a balance between demand and capacity. Klingberg explores the cognitive demands, or "complexity," of everyday life and how the brain tries to meet them. He identifies different types of attention, such as stimulus-driven and controlled attention, but focuses chiefly on "working memory," our capacity to keep information in mind for short periods of time. Dr Klingberg asserts that working memory capacity-long thought to be static and hardwired in the brain-can be improved by training, and that the increasing demands on working memory may actually have a constructive effect: as demands on the human brain increase, so does its capacity. The book ends with a discussion of the future of brain development and how we can best handle information overload in our everyday lives. Klingberg suggests how we mightfind a balance between demand and capacity and move from feeling overwhelmed to deeply engaged.

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