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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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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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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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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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Mock my Nokia all you like – I’m happier since ditching my smartphone

The defence for the screen-addicted is simple: according to Daniel J Levitin’s latest book, The Organized Mind, replying to texts, emails and Facebook messages delivers a shot of dopamine straight to the brain, which makes us feel good (…)

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Daniel J Levitin Q&A

Daniel J Levitin Q&A: ‘We’ve created more information in the past few years than in all of human history before us.

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Tips on how to organise your busy life

January is a good time to reassess how you organise your life. Rita de Brun tells us how an organised mind can help us to think straight in the age of information overload…

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My Turn: Online relationships are often forged and maintained by myths

In his book The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, Daniel Levitin has done the research and the math. He says 81 percent of online dating profiles are built on lies – most commonly underestimating weight and overestimating height.

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Satya Nadella read these 5 books during his first year as Microsoft CEO

The original Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, has practically created a third career for himself by reading and recommending books, so why shouldn’t the current Microsoft CEO get in on the act?

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