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A review of "The Distracted Mind" book exploring the impact of our ancient brains in our high-tech world.

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World – by Dr. Adam Gazzaley and Dr. Larry Rosen

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Yes, yes, we know, unplug once in a while. But what else do this highly-qualified pair of neuroscientists have to offer?

Rather than being a book for the sake of being a book, with lots of fluff and the usual advice about single-tasking, the authors start with a reframe:

Neurologically speaking, the hit of dopamine we get when looking for information is the exact same as the hit of dopamine that we, a couple of hundred thousand years ago, got when looking for nuts and berries.

  • When we don’t find them, we become stressed, and search more.
  • When we do find them, we are encouraged and search more nearby, and to the other side of nearby, and near around, to find more.

But in the case of information (be it useful information or celebrity gossip or anything in between), the Internet means that’s always available now.

So, we jitter around like squirrels, hopping from one to the next to the next.

A strength of this book is where it goes from there. Specifically, what evidence-based practices will actually keep our squirrel-brain focused… and which are wishful thinking for anyone who lives in this century.

Bringing original research from their own labs, as well as studies taken from elsewhere, the authors present a science-based toolkit of genuinely useful resources for actual focus.

Bottom line: if you think you could really optimize your life if you could just get on track and stay on track, this is the book for you.

Click here to check out The Distracted Mind, and get yours to focus!

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