background preloader

Distraction

Facebook Twitter

Here’s the real nightmare scenario for self-driving cars. After nearly 10 years of relentless hype for autonomous (“self-driving”) vehicles, the bloom seems to be coming off the rose. In terms of the hype cycle outlined by research consultancy Gartner, autonomous vehicles are plunging down from the “peak of inflated expectations” into the “trough of disillusionment.” One form the disillusionment takes is skepticism toward AVs’ alleged safety advantages. Last week, a pedestrian in Arizona was struck and killed by a “semi-autonomous” vehicle, i.e., a vehicle that will drive itself part of the time but requires a human driver as backup. The backup driver of another semi-autonomous vehicle was killed last year when it slammed into a semi-truck.

The other form of disillusionment has to do with a growing concern among urbanists that AVs will, by making personal-vehicle travel so much more convenient, induce more of it. But I do share the second concern. As a business model, advertising is toxic Want to freak yourself out? And it works. That quiz you aced and shared? Maybe it was rigged. | Avataric. I find a couple of shared quizzes in my Facebook feed every day. Most of them are goofy, but when it comes to fact-based quizzes, it seems that nobody ever shares the ones they bomb.

Is that because of human nature: image crafting, socially-acceptable bragging, and taking quizzes on which you expect to excel anyway? Or is it because the tests are completely fake? This morning, a quiz asking “Could you pass the German citizenship test?” Was shared in a Facebook group for German language learners. The initial poster was surprised she scored 100%. Others quickly added their comments, shocked but self-congratulatory that they only missed one or two questions. I chose the 1st answer to every question: my score was 100%I chose the 2nd answer to every question: 90% (2 answers wrong)I chose the 3rd answer to every question: 95% (1 answer wrong)I chose answers in the pattern of A, B, C, A, B, C, etc.: 95%I tried to choose a wrong answer on every question: 100%! Hmmmmmmm. Like this: Related. Listen while you work: What music does to your brain.

Damn. I forgot my headphones. Nothing has a more negative impact on my day than showing up to our office without them. Like most people, music is a huge part of my life and my tastes are constantly changing based on how I feel or what I’m doing. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, from jazz, to indie pop, to electronica, on what seems to be a never-ending search for the perfect tunes to keep me in the zone. When I looked back at all my favorite playlists, I wondered what effect music has had on my work and more specifically, which types of music have had the most impact. I thought it’d be interesting to take a dive into the science behind the deep power of music to find out if it actually helps you work better.

Why you love music Whether you’re listening to the driving beat of a Daft Punk song or the opening chords of a mellow Jack Johnson track, both have an effect on your brain that is not seen in any other animal. ‘Two cheeseburgers equals one orgasm.’ – PBS. News: Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students, Kent State Research Shows. Today, smartphones are central to college students’ lives, keeping them constantly connected with friends, family and the Internet.

Students’ cell phones are rarely out of reach whether the setting is a college classroom, library, recreational center, cafeteria or dorm room. As cell phone use continues to increase, it is worth considering whether use of the device is related to measurable outcomes important for student success, such as academic performance, anxiety and happiness. Kent State University researchers Andrew Lepp, Ph.D., Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., and Aryn Karpinski, Ph.D., all faculty members in the university’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, surveyed more than 500 university students.

Daily cell phone use was recorded along with a clinical measure of anxiety and each student’s level of satisfaction with their own life, or in other words happiness. For more information about Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, visit www.kent.edu/ehhs. Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning. Teaching Strategies Flickr:Sudhamshu The following is an excerpt from Learning to BREATHE: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance By Patricia C.

Broderick, PhD What do children and adolescents need to be successful in life? There is little doubt that in addition to academic success, we also want our youth to be happy and well. These goals are far from being disconnected: we now realize the fundamental role that social and emotional well-being play in the attainment of academic outcomes. Although the emphasis on academic achievement often captures most of the attention in debates on school reform, important inroads are being made by those who take a more holistic approach to education. Many prominent voices have joined together to call for inclusion of social and emotional learning within K–12 school curricula. [RELATED: The Importance of Teaching Mindfuless] When feelings are not well managed, thinking can be impaired. 1. 2. 3. Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus.

Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.

“The real message is because attention is under siege more than it has ever been in human history, we have more distractions than ever before, we have to be more focused on cultivating the skills of attention,” said Daniel Goleman, a psychologist and author of Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence and other books about social and emotional learning on KQED’s Forum program. The Myth Of Multitasking. Up next, we'll be focusing on you and your true love - your smartphone. Think about it. Are you lost without it?

Inconsolable if the two of you are separated? Willing to walk into a lamppost rather than look up while texting? Is it the object of your desire? Isn't it? And your romance is about to be taken to a new level. Now the two of you need never be separated for even one moment. My next guest says our technology-addicted lifestyle and our nonstop multitasking may be affecting our ability to concentrate, manage our emotions, even think creatively. DR. FLATOW: Excuse me for my cough. NASS: I'm fearful and optimistic. FLATOW: How distracted are we today? NASS: Remarkably so. FLATOW: I'm Ira Flatow. But people used to say, oh, television. NASS: Well, it's true that radio and television do distract us.

We also have a number of new devices. FLATOW: Yeah. FLATOW: Yeah, but there are people who say, you know, I'm great at multitasking. FLATOW: And it's quite noticeable on tests. NASS: No. Ethz.ch/wp-content/blogs.dir/1318/files/2012/03/Multi-tasking.pdf. Schoolsites.schoolworld.com/schools/Cheltenham/webpages/cmanser/files/attached to technology and paying a price2.pdf.