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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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Health Benefits of Music

Music has long been recognized as an effective form of therapy. A 2011 report also found that music reduced the anxiety of cancer patients and helped them cope with the situation both mentally and physically.

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7 ways to retrain your brain so you are more productive

Evolution is a slow process. In the timeline of our species, we’re not far removed from our days of living in small clan groups, hunting and gathering to survive. (…)

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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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If you didn’t get enough sleep last night, take a nap today

Study shows that naps can reverse the negative effects of sleep-deprivation on hormones. Now, to make the afternoon snooze socially acceptable…

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5 Ways Music Improves Our Health

Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain, stimulating hits of dopamine that can make us feel good or even elated. (…)

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