The Distracted Mind

image003Neuroscientist Gazzaley and Psychologist Rosen Team Up to Explain Media Multitasking and Offer Practical Tips to Fight Distraction.

Most of us will freely admit that we are obsessed with our devices. We pride ourselves on our ability to multitask—read work email, reply to a text, check Facebook, watch a video clip. Talk on the phone, send a text, drive a car. Enjoy family dinner with a glowing smartphone next to our plates. We can do it all, 24/7.

Never mind the errors in the email, the near-miss on the road, and the unheard conversation at the table. In The Distracted Mind, psychologist Larry Rosen teams up with neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley to explain why our brains aren’t built for multitasking, and suggest better ways to live in a high-tech world without giving up our modern technology.

Dr. Larry Rosen has been studying the impact of technology for more than 30 years. As a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and educational psychology, he is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.” In his latest book, he takes Dr. Gazzaley’s neuroscience framework and explains how people deal with these real-world situations where they are distracted by technology. As a strong technology advocate, Dr. Rosen does not suggest we give up our devices. Instead he offers strategies that anyone can use to stay focused and use our technology devices in a more balanced way.