I’m excited to announce the kick-off to what I hope will be an extensive series of interviews with experts in the areas of brain science as it relates to attention, multitasking, and technology.
My first interview was with Dr. John Dovidio, Psychology Professor at Yale University in Connecticut. We had an interesting and wide-ranging discussion on the effects of technology on attention, and he provided some balanced input into the “is it harmful or is it helpful?” debate.
Dr. Dovidio shared insight about the prospects for children growing up in a media-multitasking environment, and the differences between adaptation in a child’s brain vs. an adult brain. We also discussed the race between the evolution of technology and our ability to keep up.
Later, we discussed whether constant technology use is really some sort of addiction, and to what extent we might have control over our own attention. A discussion I found particularly interesting was Dr. Dovidio’s thoughts on how communication technologies of today are alike, and how they differ, from past advances in communication such as the television.
The overall theme of the discussion seemed to be an emphasis on the role that control, over technology and over our own attention, plays in our continued adaptation to an ever-changing technology landscape.
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Excellent interview Maura! Speaking of young people and processing, the Atlantic magazine had an interesting article last year about Orchid Children (children with ADHD). Why do there seem to be more kids with Attention Deficit Disorder in schools now? According to this research it’s because, if raised properly they out perform Dandelions (steady state individuals) as adults………so they are selecting out!
Thanks Jeff! That sounds interesting, I will look it up!
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