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Family Action Network (FAN) - Attention Span: Find Focus, Fight Distraction

When: Tuesday, February 13, 2024
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: Online
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Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: FREE

Contact: Julie Deardorff   (847) 467-3147

Group: School of Education and Social Policy

Category: Lectures & Meetings


We spend an average of just 47 seconds on any screen before shifting our attention. It takes 25 minutes to bring our attention back to a task after an interruption. And we interrupt ourselves more than we’re interrupted by others. In Attention Span: A Groundbreaking Way to Restore Balance, Happiness and Productivity, psychologist Gloria Mark, reveals these and more surprising results from her decades of research into how technology affects our attention.

Mark will be in conversation with David Epstein (FAN ’16 and ’20), a science writer and author of the New York Times bestsellers Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and The Sports Gene. Epstein was previously an investigative reporter at ProPublica, and prior to that a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. His two TED Talks on human development and performance have been viewed 12 million times.

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