Summary of The Distracted Mind

Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World

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The Distracted Mind book summary
If you get distracted easily, here’s why and here’s how to regain cognitive control.


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Everyone knows multitasking disrupts how well their mind works…and almost everyone multitasks anyway. That’s the irony of this book. Professors Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen have synthesized their academic work with a range of other research to document just how distracted modern society has become. They explain the aspects of the brain and mind that shape your cognitive capacity, the evolutionary roots of distraction, and the damage done by multitasking and task switching. They cover how distraction harms health, workplace performance, social relationships and physical safety. And they provide a number of techniques to help you gain control of disruptions. getAbstract recommends their work to those interested in improving their performance, safety, relationships or health, or in learning how technology affects society. However, due to the nature of distraction, and people’s relationship to their technology, many probably won’t apply the…wait, what were you saying? Just a sec, I have a text.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your brain creates attention,
  • Why the information age interferes with attention and focus, and
  • What strategies you can use to protect and enhance your mental focus.


Your brain does an incredible job of processing information. The human brain created everything from symphonies to the theory of relativity. And yet you still forget to stop by the grocery store on the way home from work. How do these two aspects of the brain co-exist? ...
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About the Authors

Adam Gazzaley is a professor in the Department of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Larry D. Rosen is professor emeritus of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.

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    Saurabh Raval 2 months ago
    This is excellent. It fairly contradicts the quest we are all in today - learning skills to multitask
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    Kyle Smith 3 months ago
    This is brilliant, fantastic read.
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    Regina Hall 3 months ago
    Great information!

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