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To boost productivity and cognition in the Knowledge Age, prioritize Deep work, avoid the Shallows, and Self-Quantify


In 2009, Winifred Gallagher published his excellent Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, persuasively arguing that productivity, enjoyment and human development require extended periods of focusing.

The next year, Nicholas Carr published his fascinating The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in which he argued that the Internet is ‘rewiring’ our brains. While his claim was exaggerated, information technology and the Internet certainly provide challenges to Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping the Brain in Mind: IBM and MIT partner to upgrade cognitive computing


IBM and MIT team on cognitive computing, machine vision, artificial intelligence for healthcare

“IBM Research and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined forces to further develop the scientific field of machine vision – a core aspect of artificial intelligence Read the rest of this entry »

We need to reinvent Brain Health


The Times They Are a-Changin.

In a recent survey, 91% of those polled agreed with this statement: “Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments.”

This is important news, as anyone who has experienced negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows.

We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges and opportunities in the 21st century, in the midst of the Digital Age we live in.

Where should we start? Keep reading 10 Priorities to Reinvent Brain Health in the Digital Age over at The Creativity Post.

Good news: Apparently neither Google nor smartphones are frying our brains


Researchers look at how brain power is affected by digital technologies (CBC News):

“…how much is our reliance on smartphones as memory aides affecting the way our brains work?

Two psychologists from the University of Waterloo — Evan Risko and Sam Gilbert — looked at the research that has been done in the field of “cognitive offloading” Read the rest of this entry »

Learning how to mindfully navigate mindfulness apps

mindfulness appThe Trouble with Mindfulness Apps (Mindful):

“Be prepared to be bored.

This is the gist of one of the notifications you receive before you try the body scan meditation from Mindful Mood Balance, a web-based program currently being piloted in Read the rest of this entry »

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