The attention blindness inherent in the digital age often leads to a debate about multitasking, which many claim impairs our ability to solve complex problems. Therefore, we often hear that we need to adopt monotasking, i.e., we need to eliminate all possible distractions and focus our attention on only one task at a time.
However, during the recent Harvard Business Review podcast “The Myth of Monotasking,” Cathy Davidson, author of the new book “Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn,” explained how “the moment that you start not paying attention fully to the task at hand, you actually start seeing other things that your attention would have missed.” Although Davidson acknowledges that attention blindness is a serious problem, she explained that there really is no such thing as monotasking. Modern neuroscience research has revealed that the human brain is, in fact, always multitasking. Furthermore, she explained how multitasking can be extremely useful for a new and expansive form of attention.
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