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Our Students Face an Attention Crisis: Understanding their Distracted Minds

  • Published14 Nov 2018
  • Reviewed14 Nov 2018
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN


Dr. Rosen has studied the impact of technology on students since the early 1980s and has noted that the past decade has been marked by stronger negative effects than ever including a lack of focus and attention among students. Providing compelling studies that demonstrate how and why attention spans have suffered, in this webinar he will present a model showing why he believes that it is a function of poor metacognition, boredom and technological anxiety or nomophobia. He will also present strategies for enhancing attention span in our "tap happy" students.


Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD

Adam Gazzaley is a Professor of Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founder / Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. 

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Larry D. Rosen, PhD

Dr. Larry Rosen is Professor Emeritus and past chair of the psychology department at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is a research psychologist with specialties in multitasking, social networking, generational differences, parenting, child and adolescent development, and neuropsychology.

Over the past 30-plus years, Dr. Rosen and his colleagues have examined reactions to technology among more than 70,000 people in the United States and in 22 other countries. His latest book, “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World” (MIT Press, 2016), won the PROSE Award for neuroscience in 2016



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