BOOK REVIEW: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson | Science News

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BOOK REVIEW: Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn by Cathy N. Davidson

Review by Bruce Bower

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10:38am, August 26, 2011

The author started out as a child with dyslexia and big-time learning problems. Now she’s an out-of-the box administrator at Duke University who has written a stimulating book trumpeting the benefits of computer-based school and business reforms that exploit people’s natural tendency to multitask.

Davidson’s debut as a digital rabble-rouser came in 2003. She led a controversial program that gave free iPods to Duke freshmen, asking them to think up learning applications for the tiny devices and pitch them to the faculty. Students found uses for iPods in nearly every discipline, from environmental science to medicine.

Duke’s iPod experiment caused a ruckus because many people are stuck in a premillennial mindset that masks an 800-pound gorilla of a game changer in their midst, the author contends. Although Davidson veers uncomfortably close to a utopian vi

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