30 Jan 2016

Daniel Levitin: thinking straight in an age of information overload

From Saturday Morning, 10:10 am on 30 January 2016
Daniel  Levitin

Daniel Levitin Photo: Arsénio Corôa

Information overload, the age of distraction, attention-span shrinkage… Digital technology has, it seems, become toxic. But is there scientific evidence for this?

Neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin believes our brains yield the evidence.

He talks with Kim Hill about multitasking and the organised mind.

Daniel Levitin, FRSC, is an American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, best-selling author, musician and record producer. He is James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise, and is the author of three consecutive bestselling books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and, most recently, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload (Penguin).