Distractions: Friend or Foe? (Rebroadcast)

Distractions: Friend or Foe? (Rebroadcast)

We tend to think of distractions, especially those that are technology related, as intrusions that disrupt our work and learning. Cathy Davidson says we can actually benefit from disruptions.

Technology can be a double-edged sword: email and mobile devices help us accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently. But they also present endless opportunities to procrastinate. Scholar Cathy Davidson argues that we can actually benefit from distractions and disruptions over the course of our day. She joins us to explain how innovative schools and workplaces are harnessing the power of distractions to boost creativity and increase learning.

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Cathy Davidson

Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University; also founder, Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, (HASTAC, pronounced “haystack”), MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition; and author, "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn" (Viking)

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Excerpted from "Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn," by Cathy Davidson. Copyright 2011 by Cathy Davidson. Reprinted here by permission of Viking:

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