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Why it Is easier to work out to music

Gym goers have known for years that working out is easier to music. Now scientists think they know the reason why – it seems listening to our favourite tunes helps reduce pain.

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How to memorise a symphony

A musician’s ability to remember vast quantities of notes is one of the great wonders of the human mind. As the Aurora Orchestra prepares to play Beethoven off by heart at the Proms, neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how the brain makes music happen – and why he can’t get Elvis Costello out of his head…

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How to switch off at the end of the day

Mobile devices were meant to free us from the office, but technology has long ago killed the nine-to-five working day and left us mentally tethered to our desks, 24/7, instead.

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Tech Nation: The Organized Mind

Tech Nation talks with Behavioral neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, author of The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. He’ll explain that our brains need to operate differently today then they ever did before.

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How to save your brain for work: Wear the same outfit every day

(…) Making decisions requires neurons to burn glucose, and when that fuel gets depleted, brains suffer decision fatigue that clouds thinking and makes it hard to concentrate, said Daniel Levitin, a cognitive neuroscientist and author of “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.”

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A refuge from the media mêlée

In this mass-content era, individuals are bombarded with information and media brands compete like never before for their attention. Being able to offer well-crafted, original, trusted content with a clear point of view for the right audience is more important than ever.(…)

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It’s not Always Music to the Ears

Call it the baffle of the bands. I’m confused, or as Los Lobos sang it, I can’t understand. At which age does the mind best resonate with music? The debate seems to be a never-ending song(…)

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Daniel Levitin Talks Too Much Information

“I struggle with trying to be productive and efficient in an age when we’re being asked to do more,” said Daniel Levitin, author of the new book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload. Considering his myriad accomplishments — he has been a comedian and a music producer and is currently a performing musician, best-selling author, college professor, and neuroscientist — it would seem Levitin is the epitome of productive and efficient.

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Author to explore ‘obsession with music’ in new Daily Herald book club

A new book club concept that will connect readers and authors will open with a writer who explores the science of the human “obsession” with music.

Daniel J. Levitin, author of “This is Your Brain on Music,” will be the first speaker in the Daily Herald’s Author’s Circle Book Club, a collaboration with the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage.

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Daniel Levitin on ‘Thinking to Distraction’

A lot of gainfully employed people on Planet Earth have a very strange working life. It’s now considered normal to check your Twitter feed 10 or 20 times a day, fire-fight work emails popping up through the afternoon, keep on top of Facebook communication, all the while texting, Instagramming, Snapchatting, finding time to read that really important piece on how the government is spying on you, and watch the YouTube video of the kitten meowing to Katy Perry.

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