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Daniel Levitin on information overload

7 minutes

Why daydreaming should replace multitasking amid our information overload

Since 1986, the amount of information we absorb has increased fivefold and our options for getting more have become almost limitless. In this talk, Daniel Levitin, a professor of psychology and behavioural neuroscience at McGill University in Canada, reveals the surprising effects that ‘information overload’ is having on our brains, and how we can best combat the data deluge.

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Video by the RSA

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Video/Childhood & Adolescence

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18 minutes