Attention Residue Is Ruining Your Concentration

Tanya Basu, for The Science of Us:

Which means ... what, exactly? Newport explains it using a 2009 paper titled “Why Is It So Hard to Do My Work?” from Sophie Leroy, a business-school professor at the University of Minnesota. She studied a modern, daily workplace conundrum: switching between tasks and getting things done. In two experiments, Leroy finds that people are less productive when they are constantly moving from one task to another instead of focusing on one thing at a time.

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Leroy calls this carryover from one task to another “attention residue,” where you’re still thinking of a previous task as you start another one. Even if you finish your task completely, you still have some attention residue swirling around your head as you embark on your next task, meaning that bullet point on your to-do list doesn’t start off on the right foot. In other words, as much as multitasking gets nods for being an asset in today’s time-crunched world, it’s not really a good thing when it comes to your productivity, and it's actually a time-waster.

 

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Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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The Week's Links: February 5, 2016

ALL THE LINKS POSTED ON SOCIAL NETWORKS THIS WEEK:

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  • Shakespeare's Globe theatre takes Hamlet to Jungle - BBC News owl.li/XUKN6
  • The Life and Death and Life of Magazines owl.li/XXt5t
  • The Search For Alien Life Is Getting Bigger, Weirder, And More Contentious owl.li/XX56E
  • Can Gizmos Cure Insomnia? owl.li/XUFvX
  • Policing the Future - On our way to predictive policing? owl.li/XUEDP
  • Watch the Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius, Re-Created with Computer Animation (79 AD) owl.li/XRn3F
  • How Will We Recognize Alien Life? owl.li/XUaqB
  • What Is Code? If You Don't Know, You Need to Read This - now a National Magazine Award winner owl.li/XRioA
  • The Inside Story of Uber’s Radical Rebranding owl.li/XSarB
  • Why The Shape Of A Company's Logo Matters owl.li/XOSC3
  • Watch All of 2015's Weather in a Time-Lapse Video owl.li/XUGoa
  • Of Our Own Making: Inmates Redesign Prisons for Rehabilitation - 99% Invisible owl.li/XRP6B
  • The UK Just Green-Lit Crispr Gene Editing in Human Embryos owl.li/XROPe
  • Logos And Paintings Undercutting Each Other — Graphic Designs from Eisen Bernard Bernardo owl.li/XOKPC
  • Sesame Launches A Venture Arm To Invest In Startups That Help Kids owl.li/XOs6R
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  • MIT Students Win SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition owl.li/XOs45
  • What's The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes From Biting? owl.li/XLI6o
  • Can Google’s AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms? | John Naughton owl.li/XOaQJ
  • ◉ A Neuroscientist Explains 'Why We Snap' - smartercreativity.com/blog/2016/1/20…
  • Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Songs and Poems from 'The Lord of the Rings' owl.li/XLI4s
  • The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy owl.li/XOQQz
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson and genetics guru Anne Wojcicki on a future without disease owl.li/XO4MR
  • The science behind a good cup of coffee owl.li/XN1Je
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  • Absurdly challenging recipes from actual cookbooks owl.li/XLwz2
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  • The Battle Over CRISPR Could Make Or Break Some Biotech Companies owl.li/XLqFt
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  • A Toolkit for Unhooking from Criticism owl.li/XLpNM
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  • Claudio Guglieri: The Secrets of Design Leadership owl.li/XLpHl
  • ◉ How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off - smartercreativity.com/blog/2016/1/31…
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  • ◉ Recommended: Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - smartercreativity.com/recommendation…
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  • Bill Gates' tribute to Richard Feynman, "The Best Teacher I Never Had" owl.li/XLr0y
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  • The History Of Kimono Design In 15 Beautiful Images owl.li/XHPZZ
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About New Car Smell owl.li/XHPXn
  • Ideas Matter: Art Direction And Illustration For The New York Times Opinion Section owl.li/XH7Is
  • AI Researcher Yoshua Bengio Says Machines Won’t Become Dangerously Smart Anytime Soon | MIT Technology Review owl.li/XHP9T
  • Boston Museum Acquires First Painting Frida Kahlo Ever Sold owl.li/XH7D7
  • Why Your Stubborn Kid Will Probably Be A Wildly Successful Adult owl.li/XHP8C
  • New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Here’s How owl.li/XGZSj
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  • Amsterdam's 'Night Mayor' Helps the City Thrive After Dark owl.li/XHQ8d
  • Lego Unveils Its First Disabled Minifigure in a Good Week for Inclusivity owl.li/XH7Lh
  • 36 Hours in Porto, Portugal owl.li/XG1nQ
  • 'Mi Comida Latina': A Hand-Drawn Guide To Latin Cuisines owl.li/XG111
  • Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thought owl.li/XF4bF
  • The blessing and curse of the people who never forget owl.li/XG0LQ
  • Why Every Highway Sign in America Has to Change (Again) owl.li/XF2Vf
  • Gone to the wall – why modern movie posters are dreadful owl.li/XG0GJ
  • In Japan, the CD is still king. Why does one culture resist online music? owl.li/XF2Qm
  • Go Players React to Computer Defeat owl.li/XF4eo
  • The Best and Worst of Sundance 2016, Documentary Edition owl.li/XGBhf
  • This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Muse owl.li/XF4dC
  • Buying tickets for big New York events is a 'fixed game', attorney general says | US news | The Guardian owl.li/XF0qV
  • Browse the entire history of the Universe in this one incredible timeline: owl.li/XEZM6
  • AlphaGo: Mastering the ancient game of Go with Machine Learning owl.li/XDCOo
  • Transit Agencies Can Now Test New Routes in a Virtual World owl.li/XEZGS
  • This NASA-Tech Health Scanner Might Be The Closest Thing To A Real-Life Tricorder Yet owl.li/XDCLj
  • NSA Hacker Chief Explains How to Keep Him Out of Your System owl.li/XEZEL
  • Marvin Minsky's Vision of the Future: Great NYer profile of the AI pioneer. owl.li/XDCFR
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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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A Neuroscientist Explains 'Why We Snap'

Melissa Dahl interviews R. Douglas Fields, a senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health, about the reasons why we sometimes snap:

Fields argues that there are nine major triggers that invoke the rage response, which he has assembled into the acronym LIFEMORTS: life and limb, as in your physical safety; and insult, meaning a verbal threat. The next six are self-explanatory: family, environment, mate, order in society, resources, tribe — you already know each of these are things you’d fight for if you felt they were in danger. The last is stopped, the idea that any animal (humans included) will ready itself to fight if it feels restrained or trapped. So for each of these nine triggers, the rage kicks in to prepare you for a potential fight, because you feel like something essential has been threatened.

These triggers evolved in our brains for a reason, and at times they give rise to defensive action that is as necessary for modern humans as it was for our early ancestors. But they can misfire, too, sometimes to violent, irreversible effect. Fields spoke with Science of Us about what happens inside the brain when we flip our proverbial lids, and how we can begin to control this impulse.

 

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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

Adam Grant, author of Originals, in The New York Times:

Child prodigies rarely become adult geniuses who change the world. We assume that they must lack the social and emotional skills to function in society. When you look at the evidence, though, this explanation doesn’t suffice: Less than a quarter of gifted children suffer from social and emotional problems. A vast majority are well adjusted — as winning at a cocktail party as in the spelling bee.

What holds them back is that they don’t learn to be original. They strive to earn the approval of their parents and the admiration of their teachers. But as they perform in Carnegie Hall and become chess champions, something unexpected happens: Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.

 

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Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit SmarterCreativity.com.

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