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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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ISBN13: 9780525954187
ISBN10: 052595418x
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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency... and minimize the chaos!
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New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.

The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, were expected to make more — and faster — decisions about our lives than ever before. No wonder, then, that the average American 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, PhD, uses the latest brain science to demonstrate how those people excel — and how readers can use their methods to regain a sense of mastery over the way they organize their homes, workplaces, and time.

With lively, entertaining chapters on everything from the kitchen junk drawer to health care to executive office workflow, Levitin reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of our daily lives. This Is Your Brain on Music showed how to better play and appreciate music through an understanding of how the brain works. The Organized Mind shows how to navigate the churning flood of information in the twenty-first century with the same neuroscientific perspective.

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"Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music), professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University, examines the way our brains have evolved (and not) to meet the challenges of the Information Age. While our brains evolved to take on the daunting challenges of life in the Stone Age, they now have many redundant, maladaptive, and not quite finished features that clash with the huge demands placed on our attention by the modern world. Levitin reviews the way our thinking is distorted by these distractions, beginning with a tour through the neurology of attention; the origin of these distractions, from written language to the smartphone; and the powers of the wandering mind, the state in which humans think the most creatively. He offers advice on how to reorganize attention and make better decisions. Each chapter also takes practical detours through information theory, probability, and other human strategies for coping with contemporary problems. Levitin's fascinating tour of the mind helps us better understand the ways we process and structure our experiences. Agent: The Wylie Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"[An] ingenious combination of neuroscience and self-help." Kirkus

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”Using the latest information on the brain and how it works, Levitin presents a series of ideas on how to organize one's life and business. Essential reading for anyone who aspires to be highly effective. Or even find their keys!" David Eidelman, MD, dean of the McGill University Medical School

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The Organized Mind is for anyone interested in how the human mind organizes, and on occasion disorganizes, the world around us. It is engaging, witty, compelling, and infused with science. Levitin shows how principles from psychology and cognitive neuroscience can help us better organize our daily lives. Move over, Freakonomics, there's a new kid on the bookcase.” Gerry Altmann, professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut, and author of The Ascent of Babel

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“Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written.” Daniel Gilbert, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness

About the Author

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is the James McGill Professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University — where he also teaches in 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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laurenhmasterson, November 14, 2014 (view all comments by laurenhmasterson)
Really enjoyed this book. Packed with helpful insight and tips on the subjects of education, home organization, the internet, and neuroscience. Relevant information presented in an accessible manner for any reader. Reminiscent of Kahneman's "Thinking, Fast and Slow" with a bit less dense of text. Definitely recommend!
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DANE, November 10, 2014 (view all comments by DANE)
Although definitely not a quick n'easy read, Levitin's "The Organized Mind" is worth the time. Everything you ever wanted to know about how our minds organize memories and information in general. There are parts you my skim through (I know I did), but there is some fascinating information in the book. The section on medicine is especially worth your time as it clears up what you need to consider when you hear statements like "there's a 10% chance ..." Take a read! You'll learn something for sure!!
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writermala, October 13, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
"The Organized Mind" presents a wealth of information on all aspects of organizing. While the title indicates that the writer is going to be talking about the mind, he does much more than that. I learned how to organize my home, benefits of living in a clutter free environment; how to organize paper and computer files, how an organization is organized and yes, how an organized person is able to make better decisions.
The book tells us about the critical thinking skills essential to live in this Information age with brains which haven't caught up - physiologically evolving slowly from the hunter-gatherer phase.
An asset in any library and Oh! you can go to that Google job interview with confidence after reading this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525954187
Author:
Levitin, Daniel J.
Publisher:
Dutton Books
Subject:
Cognitive Psychology
Subject:
Compulsive behavior
Subject:
Psychology-Cognitive Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.22 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Staff Pick" by ,

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the deluge of information you encounter from minute to minute — the human brain just isn't wired to process it all. But there's hope. Levitin can help you understand how best to interact with your environment to maximize efficiency... and minimize the chaos!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music), professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University, examines the way our brains have evolved (and not) to meet the challenges of the Information Age. While our brains evolved to take on the daunting challenges of life in the Stone Age, they now have many redundant, maladaptive, and not quite finished features that clash with the huge demands placed on our attention by the modern world. Levitin reviews the way our thinking is distorted by these distractions, beginning with a tour through the neurology of attention; the origin of these distractions, from written language to the smartphone; and the powers of the wandering mind, the state in which humans think the most creatively. He offers advice on how to reorganize attention and make better decisions. Each chapter also takes practical detours through information theory, probability, and other human strategies for coping with contemporary problems. Levitin's fascinating tour of the mind helps us better understand the ways we process and structure our experiences. Agent: The Wylie Agency. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "[An] ingenious combination of neuroscience and self-help."
"Review" by , ”Using the latest information on the brain and how it works, Levitin presents a series of ideas on how to organize one's life and business. Essential reading for anyone who aspires to be highly effective. Or even find their keys!"
"Review" by , The Organized Mind is for anyone interested in how the human mind organizes, and on occasion disorganizes, the world around us. It is engaging, witty, compelling, and infused with science. Levitin shows how principles from psychology and cognitive neuroscience can help us better organize our daily lives. Move over, Freakonomics, there's a new kid on the bookcase.” Gerry Altmann, professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut, and author of The Ascent of Babel
"Review" by , “Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written.”
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