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The Distracted Mind with Adam Gazzaley

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The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley explores the impact that multi-tasking has on our safety, our memory, our education, our careers and our personal lives.

Starring:
Adam Gazzaley
Runtime:
58 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Adam Gazzaley
Starring Adam Gazzaley
Studio Not Specified
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Dave VINE VOICE on March 6, 2013
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While there was no new breakthrough information contained in this film, it did emphasize what was already known about multitasking - it is really switching between tasks and that with each switch performance is degraded. Other important points of the film are: Trying to complete a task while being distracted by other tasks reduces concentration and memory function. The cognitive portion of the brain does not handle two or more tasks well. It is not like walking and chewing gum which are learned reflex activities which do not involve cognition. Talking on a cell phone, even hands free, is 4 times more likely to cause an accident and there is some evidence that it is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. (I wonder how dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated while talking on the phone. 4 x 4 more dangerous?) Those who think they are good at doing more than one cognitive task at a time are fooling themselves. Frequent multitasking may have a negative impact on personal relationships with family and friends. Is multitasking a form of Attention Deficit Disorder? Those who play action video games have higher concentration abilities and are better at ignoring distraction.

Overall, this film of a lecture (with visuals) might be good for those who think they can maintain relatively high performance levels through multitasking or those who know very little about how performance can be degraded by multitasking or believe otherwise.
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We watched this with our 3 children (9, 10 and 11 years old). They found it as interesting as we did. We paused the video several time to discuss some of the points with them. They often had anecdotes that they wanted to share as well. As parents, we appreciated have the kids hear about the safety issues associated with multi-tasking and distraction. I think we'll watch it again when they reach driving age!
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I use many of the ideas and examples with my high school science students. This is a great video for all kids (teens) growing up in a digital age.
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The idea of the video seemed very appealing and caught my interest from the description, but it was so slow and not to the point that I was only able to make it though about 20 minutes before I was so bored I turned it off.
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