There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.”

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Cognitive psychologist and neuroscientist at McGill University, Daniel Levitin, explains why people can be so stubborn when it comes to false beliefs. This behavior is illogical, Levitin says, and goes against rational thought. Learn more about what Levitin has to say on this topic in his latest book “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.”

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The Hidden Sign You’re Being Lied To

November 10, 2016

If you’re trying to figure out if your friend was truly sick–or just fibbing–when she canceled dinner plans at the last minute, see if she answers your questions with questions. Responding that way is a tell, says Daniel Levitin, PhD, a professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University and the author of the [...]

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Daniel Levitin warns you not to trust your gut online

October 14, 2016

Gone are the days of the newspaper of record and journalists acting as authenticity gatekeepers. In it’s place are tabloids that value immediacy over accuracy. Click here to listen to the interview.  

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This is your brain on information overload

May 13, 2016

With more and more information at our fingertips, the human brain is constantly sorting and filing an overwhelming amount of data… Click here to read the article.  

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A Question of Consequence

March 22, 2016

It might be said that the most important question in business is “What is the other guy thinking?” Whether you’re Amazon, OPEC or Burger King, so much comes down to the answer. Click here to read the article.  

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A neuroscientist shares a 10-minute trick to boost your productivity

January 29, 2016

I’ve been absolutely amazed by how much more productive and creative I am with Pandora’s Mozart or “classical guitar” station playing quietly in the background. Curious as to what exactly was going on in my brain during these listening sessions, I reached out to Daniel Levitin, a cognitive neuroscientist and the author of “This is [...]

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How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed

November 2, 2015

You’re not at your best when you’re stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Click here to read the article.  

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How to think straight in the age of information overload

October 9, 2015

Here’s a figure to boggle the mind: we consume about 74 gigabytes — nine DVDs worth — of data every day. It’s amazing we’re able to process and make sense of it all. So how do you think straight in the age of information overload? Click here to read the article.  

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Why it’s so hard to pay attention, explained by science.

September 23, 2015

Today, each of us individually generates more information than ever before in human history. Our world is now awash in an unprecedented volume of data. The trouble is, our brains haven’t evolved to be able to process it all. Click here to read the article.  

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