November 6, 2015 | 2 Comments **The citations aren’t indented properly, but on my word document, it’s in MLA format** Giedd, Jay N. “Virginia Commonwealth University.” The Digital Revolution and Adolescent Brain Evolution. ScienceDirect, 20 July 2012. Web. 06 Nov. 2015. This article explains how the brain works and how adolescent brain isn’t a defective adult brain. The three behavioral changes are increased risk taking, increased sensation seeking, and moving towards peer affiliation. Everyone finds themselves trying to multitask and thinking they are getting so much work done, but really you’re actually being unproductive. In 2010, a survey was taken on what teens are doing on the computer when they’re doing their homework, and two-thirds of the time it’s doing everything but homework. There have been MRI studies about the inefficiencies of multitasking. Also, it goes back to the prefrontal cortex, which slows the brain’s ability to process and prioritize the information. More studies are being made on if the brain can be trained to better multitask, so it’s not seen as a negative concept. Rothbart, Mary K. “The Developing Brain in a Multitasking World.” Developmental Review. Science Direct, Mar. 2015. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. The article is about how multitasking affects your brain and its attention networks. It explains how the brain’s ability affects the attention between stimuli and tasks and maintaining that single focus. There have been studies involving neuroimaging showing how many people who multitask don’t get much accomplished. The orienting network isn’t the only brain network that’s multitasking, but the alerting network of your brain carries out the obtaining and maintaining part too. Also, it’s associated with the locus coeruleus of the brain stem, cingulate areas, and the frontal and parietal regions of the cortex. Shannon, Kristin. “The New Biology of Genius: Brain Training for the Information Age.” The New Biology of Genius: Brain Training for the Information Age. Science Direct, July 1988. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. This article isn’t about multitasking, but gives you information you probably didn’t know. Studies are being made on how to train the brain to process information. New technology/information age has the brain deal with new challenges. The first challenge that was discussed was on how the brain handles the new issues and technology. And the second challenge is sudden changes around you. Learning new things can be hard, and many people don’t think about how your brain handles it. The brain is very complex and can do so much. Even though the article is very outdated, it’s like the articles we read where it talks about the future and how accurate it is. Sparks, Sarah D. “New Research On Multitasking Points To Role Of Self-Control. (Cover Story).” Education Week 31.31 (2012): 1-13. Education Research Complete. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. This article focuses on how multitasking affects your brain, but how it affects the person psychology as well. In this generation children are obsessed with technology and can’t function without it. Larry Rosen, found 13-18 year old use more than six types of media all the time when they are out of school. Even in school, students use technology the whole day from one social media site to another or just trying to get homework done then trying to multitask and surf the web. It has led to students only paying partial attention to everything. Studies have shown that your brain can’t be in two places at once, which is what people try to do when they are multitasking, which takes longer since the brain can’t process two tasks at the same time in an efficient way. Strayer, David L., and Jason M. Watson. “Supertaskers And The Multitasking Brain.” Scientific American Mind 23.1 (2012): 22-29. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Nov. 2015. The article is about how multitasking affects your tasks and how it deteriorates when someone tries to focus on more than one task at a time. For example, everyone knows not to drink and drive, but many people still text and drive. Studies show that there is more accident risk when someone is using their cellphone while driving than being intoxicated. It takes more time multitasking between tasks, than just sticking to one and getting it done then moving on to the next task. Your brain has a limited capacity for attention and excessive multitasking sometimes can lead to psychological disorders. There are interesting components of brain waves (P300), which is a signal that is sensitive to how much attention a person is paying to a specific task. Also, other studies show people that are high in multitasking had lower memory capacity, but were more impulsive and sensation seeking. Wu, Tim. “How Today’s Computers Weaken Our Brain.” The New Yorker. Condé Nast, 09 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 Nov. 2015. This article is about how far computers and the digital age has come, and the difference between multitasking back in the day and now. The purpose of multitasking was to support multiple users on just one computer and now it’s transformed to multitasking multiple things with one person. It’s not just about people multitasking, but the ability for computers to do so. J.C.R. Licklider and Engelbart had proposed that computers would serve as a tool human, and they changed what computers would come to be. They explained how computers shouldn’t be independently intelligent, but used as a tool that works with the human brain. Licklider called that concept “man-computer symbiosis.” The brain is capable of many things, but it doesn’t do such a good job at concentrating through nonstop attention, since it takes effort to maintain attention on a certain thing. Also, the brain doesn’t do well trying to multitask and paying active attention to more than one thing as once. In other words, it’s easy to get distracted, but yet our computers distract us and try to have our brains to process so much information all at the same time.