Monthly Archives: July 2016

Quartz: “Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain” (Mark quoted)

July 25, 2016

Gloria Mark, professor in the department of informatics at the University of California, Irvine, says that when people are interrupted, it typically takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to their work, and most people will do two intervening tasks before going back to their original project. This switching leads to a build up of stress, she says, and so little wonder people who have high rates of neuroticism, impulsivity, and are susceptible to stress tend to switch tasks more than others.

Read the full story at Quartz.

Doctoral student Raval named a Berkman Klein Center affiliate for 2016-17

July 20, 2016

noopur-raval-berkman-affiliateInformatics doctoral student Noopur Raval was selected as an affiliate of the prestigious Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University for the 2016-17 academic year. According to the research center’s website, the Berkman Klein Center brings together the sharpest, most thoughtful people worldwide to tackle challenges presented by the Internet by conducting research, building tools and platforms, educating others, forming bridges, and facilitating dialogue across and among diverse communities. “What better way to embark on our new beginning as the Berkman Klein Center than to welcome this incredible group of colleagues from different parts of the world, renewing our commitment to collaboration and mutual learning across boundaries,” said the Center’s Executive Director Urs Gasser. Read about all of the fellows, faculty associates and affiliates selected as 2016-17 community members.