The Organized Mind

The Organized Mind : Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

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In The Organized Mind, New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin offers solutions for the problems of information overload.
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Overwhelmed by demands on your time? Baffled by the sheer volume of data?
You're not alone. Even the smartest mind can't beat the organized mind - when we're unable to make sense of it all, our creativity plummets, our decision making suffers and we grow absent-minded. Nowadays, we drown under emails, forever juggle six tasks at once and try to make complex decisions ever more quickly. This is information overload.

Using a combination of academic research and examples from daily life, Daniel Levitin explains how to take back control of your life, from healthcare to online dating to raising kids, showing that the secret to success is always organization. You'll discover life-changing facts about:

- How to make the most of your brain's daily processing limit
- Why pressing Send or clicking Like are addictive
- Why daydreaming is your brain at its most productive
- What the most successful people keep in their drawer
- Why multitasking is a bad way to do nearly everything

In a world where information is power, The Organized Mind holds the key to harnessing that information and making it work for you.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 362g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241965780
  • 9780241965788
  • 12,147

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Thought-provoking and practical... Good advice based on sound neuroscientific principles Sunday Times
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Already deservedly a bestseller... The Organized Mind is from the school of Daniel Kahneman but it earns its keep. Levitin demonstrates how easily we are bamboozled by statistical tricks in medicine, finance and safety, making his points with pithy stories. * Independent * The Organized Mind is the perfect antidote to the effects of information overload. Loved it. -- Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author of 'Identical' and 'Innocent' Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written. -- Daniel Gilbert, author of 'Stumbling on Happiness' Levitin is about as knowledgeable a guide to neuroscience as one might hope for * New York Times Book Review * An erudite synthesis of Levitin's own contributions, recent advances in our understanding of attention and memory, and a deep perspective on the ways the human mind works * Stanley Prusiner, M.D. Nobel Laureate, director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, University of California, San Francisco * From how not to lose your keys to how to decide when the risks of surgery are worth it, Levitin focuses on smart ways to process the constant flow of information the brain must deal with * Washington Post * Deservedly a bestseller... The Organized Mind is from the school of Daniel Kahneman but it earns its keep. Levitin demonstrates how easily we are bamboozled by statistical tricks in medicine, finance and safety, making his points with pithy stories * Independent * Dan Levitin has more insights per page than any other neuroscientist I know. The Organized Mind is smart, important, and as always, exquisitely written * Daniel Gilbert, author of 'Stumbling on Happiness' * [An] impressively wide-ranging and thoughtful work...The Organized Mind is an organized book, but it also rewards dipping in at any point, for there are fascinating facts and examples throughout * Wall Street Journal * Sensible, practical advice ... a comprehensive account of the way we think about organizing everything from our possessions to our friends * Financial Times * Thought-provoking and practical... Good advice based on sound neuroscientific principles * Sunday Times *
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About Daniel Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin, PhD, is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and bestselling author. He is founding dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI in San Francisco and Professor Emeritus of psychology and neuroscience at McGill University. He is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, and A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics. He divides his time between Montreal and California.
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