Can training in meditation and relaxation improve people’s ability to work more effectively and healthfully in today’s information-intensive workplaces? David M. Levy will report on an ongoing NSF-funded study that is investigating the possibility of improving people’s multitasking skills by training their attentional capacities. This type of attention training may well constitute a crucial 21st-century literacy skill.
Levy, a professor in the University of Washington Information School, has been investigating the sources of, and possible responses to, the acceleration of everyday life. He is the author of the book Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age.