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COVER STORY The world has changed: Now for the new order

FAMILY AND SOCIETY Move to curtail underage online porn epidemic

CANBERRA OBSERVED ScoMo's delicate balancing act in extraordinary times

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Time and timing are crucial to Cardinal Pell's appeal by Peter Westmore

NEW ZEALAND Political divisions polarise across the Ditch

NEW ZEALAND Victorian Road Map smooths way of NZ anti-life clique to abortion 'reform'

FREE SPEECH Intolerance brigade at UQ attacks professor of Law

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Victoria lifts moratorium of gas exploration

CHINESE HISTORY The Soong Dynasty: Three sisters who rules China

LAW AND SOCIETY Guilt by accusation: The kangaroos are roaming freely through Australia's legal system

GENDER POLITICS Dr Quentin Van Meter's Australian talk is opening eyes in the U.S.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Australia is not safe in the borderless globalised world

SHOPPING AND SOCIETY The Ubermensch in the aisles

MUSIC We seem to have lost the point of counterpoint

CINEMA The Current War: Industrial miracle workers

BOOK REVIEW A dark trade that continues unabated worldwide

EBOOK READ THIS Both sides to this old story

LETTERS

AS THE WORLD TURNS

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THE ORGANIZED MIND:
Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

Daniel Levitin

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(Penguin UK, 2014)
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ISBN: 9780670923113
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Twenty-first century society is drowning in information, and the highest achievers are the most at risk . . .

Every day we are bombarded with new facts, figures, stories, theories and demands on our attention. We expect our brains to process ever higher volumes of data but all this information comes at a cost.

Relentless external pressure leads to information overload: absent mindedness, poor decision-making, lowered efficiency and even a suppressed capacity for creative thought. Understanding this pitfall is ever more crucial to surviving and thriving in the digital age.

In The Organized Mind, neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin investigates and explains exactly how we got here, from the early building blocks of language to why email is so addictive. There is an alternative to wrestling with all this information: Levitin demonstrates how to ease your mental burden by storing information in the physical world instead. Case studies and worked examples cover smarter decision-making, improving memory and attention, identifying what information is and is not important, and organising your time, your space and your relationships successfully.

By analysing how your brain works, The Organized Mind will help you function better, go further, and find more time to do the things you really want to do.

 

About the author

Dr Daniel Levitin has a PhD in Psychology and trained at Stanford University Medical School (in neuroimaging) and at UC Berkeley (in cognitive psychology). He is the author of the #1 best-seller This Is Your Brain On Music (Dutton, 2006), which was published in nineteen languages. His second book, The World in Six Songs (Dutton, 2008) hit the bestseller lists in its first week of release. Currently he is a James McGill Professor of Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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