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The Overflowing Brain ❴Download❵ ➹ The Overflowing Brain Author Torkel Klingberg – As the pace of technological change accelerates we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload Statistics show that we are interrupted every three minutes during the course of the wo As the pace of technological change accelerates we are increasingly experiencing a state of information overload Statistics show that we are interrupted every three minutes during the course of the work day Multitasking between email cell phone text messages and four or five websites while listening to an iPod forces the brain to process and informaton at greater and greater speeds And yet the human brain has hardly changed in the last The Overflowing PDF or years Are all these high tech advances overtaxing our Stone Age brains or is the constant flood of information good for us giving our brains the daily exercise they seem to craveIn The Overflowing Brain cognitive scientist Torkel Klingberg takes us on a journey into the limits and possibilities of the brain He suggests that we should acknowledge and embrace our desire for information and mental challenges but try to find a balance between demand and capacity Klingberg explores the cognitive demands or complexity of everyday life and how the brain tries to meet them He identifies different types of attention such as stimulus driven and controlled attention but focuses chiefly on working memory our capacity to keep information in mind for short periods of time Dr Klingberg asserts that working memory capacity long thought to be static and hardwired in the brain can be improved by training and that the increasing demands on working memory may actually have a constructive effect as demands on the human brain increase so does its capacityThe book ends with a discussion of the future of brain development and how we can best handle information overload in our everyday lives Klingberg suggests how we might find a balance between demand and capacity and move from feeling overwhelmed to deeply engaged.

  • Hardcover
  • 202 pages
  • The Overflowing Brain
  • Torkel Klingberg
  • English
  • 08 November 2014
  • 9780195372885

10 thoughts on “The Overflowing Brain

  1. Joseph Joseph says:

    In his book The Overflowing Brain Information Overload and the Limits of Working Memory Dr Klingberg discusses what working memory is and how it is highly correlated with attention control I general intelligence and problem solving ability He goes on to explain how this topic relates to ADHD and the treatment of this disorderI have a BS in Psychology that is several years old so I had high hopes of updating my knowledge about attention and working memory But I was disappointed to find the book did not really add much to my understanding of these topics In addition the uality of the book itself was underwhelming There are numerous spelling mistakes and other typographical errors throughout the book However if you don't have the benefit of a Psychology degree and you can look past the typos you might find this book to be an interesting book about how the brain works205

  2. Shannon Shannon says:

    Why does our memory lapse on us? What happens when we take Zoloft or Ritalin? Do computer games help or hurt kids’ brains? What effect does stress have on our ability to perform daily tasks? Torkel Klingberg reveals these answers and in this bookThe criteria I used to review this book were simple relatability and readability After all this is a book about the brain written by a doctor of neuroscience So would some average person understand this subject matter? For the most part yes In a calming tone Klingberg explains the science behind our most everyday memory lapses and brain farts with a nice blend of relatable analogies written in layman’s terms for those of us who are not medically trained He boils everything down to working memory that part of our mind that tells us what we have to do today and explains that there are limits to the amount of information our working memory can send to long term memory given all of our daily distractions Information comes at us from all different directions whether it is at school on TV or radio via e mail and texts or billboards What we actually remember depends upon the amount of distraction which can come to us in the form of kids work interruptions loud music or billboards At times this book reads much like a how to on improving our environment so our brains may do their job Klingberg has thoughtfully written and researched for us the unimaginable benefits and conseuences of this information age that we live in today He draws his conclusions not only from his extensive education and working practice but from the work of his colleagues and noted field studies At least once per chapter you hit a really technically written chunk of data that only a neuroscientist would understand But Klingberg’s supporting examples analogies and explanations are easily understood for the average person In the introduction he wrote “After you have read this book you will never again be the person you were before”p 11 I agree; now I understand terms like working memory brain plasticity and dual task performance and the basic functions of brain activityKlingberg’s overall message here is clear; all that has been lost can be found again Readers are sure to enjoy the human brain as Klingberg lays it out You’ll especially enjoy Chapter 8 Brain Plasticity; Chapter 10 A Cognitive Gym; Chapter 12 Computer Games; and Chapter 15 The Information Flood and Flow Happy reading

  3. Kerfe Kerfe says:

    A disappointment I did learn some things about working memory and how its deficits are linked to a wide range of behavior from ADHD to dementia But a lot of the book was commentary and speculation on information about memory that has been covered in the popular press I guess I was hoping for than It is up to us to control our environments and reshape the work we do to our abilities We know that But how when our work and the world keep making increasing demands on our attention and working memory?The few suggestions chess helps crosswords don't maybe we should all take Ritalin or play Grand Theft Auto for an hour each day aren't really very helpful I'm also not sure I agree with the author's belief that the only way to challenge ourselves and expand our intelligence is to become increasingly hooked into computers The illustrations of brains from Einstein to phrenology were a bright spot

  4. Louise Louise says:

    This is a digest of information about the capacity and limits of the human brain Our brains were designed for an environment where demands of information retrieval and manipulation were much limited than today We are using these stone age brains to deal with an incredible flood of informationIn 1994 I was struck by the scene in the film version of Little Women where Laurie receives the day's communication his butler delivers a letter on a plate This was just as I was starting to receive action items by not just mail and phone but also fax voice mail and a few cyber communications from email pioneersTorkel Klingberg examines how the brain the same brain as Laurie with the single letter delivered on a tray is managing all of this One advantage the average brain of today has a higher I It has been rising at least since 1900 in countries such as Israel Belgium Norway Holland and the US at the rate of 3% a decade It is interesting that while problem solving ability has risen there is no evidence that vocabulary and other knowledge acuisition components haveThis is a short pithy book For its size a lot is devoted to the differences in working and long term memory It is clear and precise regarding the research and its strengths and limitations on what can potentially enhance working memory which is the portal to long term memoryKlingberg discusses the issues surrounding memory enhancing and repressing drugs which are currently in development He does not speculate about the people of third world nations where I may or may not be rising to meet this challenge He does not discuss evolutionary adaptations that may or may not be happening or anticipated He produces a solid book on limited but solid ground

  5. Bob Collins Bob Collins says:

    Cognitive scientist Torkel Klingberg gives us an accessible review of our working memory the system we use for temporarily holding information that we need to process It has a very limited capacity and Dr Klingberg reviews research some of it his own that gives us clues as to how it works and whether the limited capacity might be expanded Recommend

  6. Sokcheng Sokcheng says:

    i was promised a way to deal with the overflowing brain but all i got was why i could deal with it disappointed

  7. Karen Calhoun Karen Calhoun says:

    My take away from this book We know of course that the greatest strength gains at the gym come from working out at the edge the weights you can just barely lift We also know that over the past century the world we live in has become increasingly complex and that the amount of information coming at us each day has exponentially increased Klingberg cites evidence showing that there has been a general drift upward in general intelligence as measured by I tests during this time He posits that working on the edge of our capacity in mental tasks just like our biceps at the gym increases our mind's ability especially with respect to working memory I liked this book very much well written well researched non condescending

  8. Sushant Sushant says:

    The author did not conclude on any of the problems he so nicely introduced almost till the last few pages in the book and then he finally concludes by sort of saying everything can remain as it is and that our brains will sooner or later cope up with all this chaos; thus to say thus to say this is a good book for people who want to understand the details of the field but not a good book for people seeking help for their information overload problems

  9. Judy Judy says:

    The classic menopause moment of course is when you hurry with great purpose into another room only to find that you're clueless once there If you're a mother it's a mommy moment Fair haired? A blond moment On beyond menopause? A senior moment All these short term lapses represent a sudden and unexpected blackout in working memory Let me explainYou needn't be a neuroscientist to recognize that there is a difference between working and long term memory Here's what Swedish researcher Dr Torkel Klingberg has to say on the subjectWorking memory refers to our ability to remember information for a limited period of time usually a matter of secondsIt might seem a simple function but it is fundamental and vital to numerous mental tasks from attention control to solving logical problemsOne of the defining characteristics of working memory is its capacity limitationIn contrast again per Dr KlingbergThe amount of information that can be stored in long term memory is virtually boundless Long term memory means that we can memorize something direct our attention at something else for a few minutes or years and then retrieve the first item again at will This is not how working memory operates for when information is being stored here it is under the constant glare of attentionIn Klingberg's book The Overflowing Brain due for release in 2009 he explores the good the bad and the exasperating of our brains on information overload This book is well written or well translated from Swedish and not for the faint of brain He offers both animal and human evidence as well as imaging evidence from functional MRIs and PET scans that explain why it is that the overwhelmed the inattentive and the aged have trouble doing two things at once much less multi taskingIn brief whereas memories are encoded into long term and permanent storage through biochemical and cellular changes short term memory is a work in progress that depends on the continual activation of neurons in the front and sides of our brain Interrupt the current current in these cells and poof there goes your thought In other words if an unexpected stimulus such as the ping of a text message or your teenager calling on the back office line turns your attentional spotlight off your search for a report you will find yourself in front of the open file drawer with no notion whyIs information overload a bad thing? Interestingly Dr Klingberg presents evidence that we can expand our working memory capacity through the daily exercise of focused multi tasking He does note however that working memory 'bandwidth' narrows with age and the mismatch of lowered working memory capacity with higher information load results in stressWell yeah And menopause moments

  10. Deb Deb says:

    When flow becomes overflowRegularly and simultaneously bombarded by the beeps alerts calls texts e mails and other forms of non stop e communication the limits of our working memory are constantly tested But just how much is too much? And is it possible that this all of this information stimulation can actually expand the potential of our brain capacity and functioning and allow us to achieve a state of flow? These uestions lie at the core of Klingberg's book It turns out that there is an optimal amount of stimulation that is conducive to exploiting our full brain capacity and achieving flow but beyond this limit the information demand exceeds the capacity of our working memories and our cognitive abilities become exhausted Although this book is academic than it is practical it offers an interesting synopsis of how our stone age brains can ultimately adapt to the demands of information overload

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