October 14, 2011


Guest: Joanne Cantor, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, UW-Madison;
Author of Conquer CyberOverload: Get More Done, Boost Your Creativity, and Reduce Stress

Many people think they can multitask. The truth is, tasks that involve language processing or decision making need your full attention. So when you try to do two such tasks at the same time, you end up switching your attention back and forth. To make matters worse, both tasks take longer, and there are typically more errors. So why do we do it?

On this program, Dr. Joanne Cantor answers that question and more. She explains how the digital revolution has changed everything and what a powerful hold it has on each of us. "The design of our brains is suited for a more low-tech environment," says Dr. Cantor. "Information overload can block creativity and create significant stress." But the good news is, we can take charge of our digital devices and dependence on technology and actually enhance our productivity, creativity, and sanity.

On this program and in her book, Cyber OverLoad, Joanne Cantor explains the relevant research and provides practical steps for balancing our access to limitless information with time for thoughtful reflection and relaxation.

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