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Living in Limbic Limbo

Did you know that just being aware that you have an unread e-mail  message can reduce your IQ by up to 10 points?  That texting can be addictive?  That we store information in a different, less permanent part of our brains when we divide our attention?  A thought-provoking article in The Guardian sheds new light on the allure of multitasking: The part of our brain we need to stay on task is itself easily distracted, and actually rewards us for getting sidetracked.  But there is a price to pay for trading “the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort” for such frequent empty rewards: not only are we not getting as much done, we are compromising our own well-being with metabolic costs, anxiety, and diminished decision skills.  I’d tell you more, but I just got a text…

The Silver lining to your golden years

Two recent articles in Atlantic and WSJ provide different perspectives on the same topic: Getting older = Getting better. Both articles quote Stanford’s Laura Carstensen, whose research at the Center on Longevity is challenging long-held assumptions about aging and decline.  The Journal article provides evidence that seniors are happier, smarter, and more creative and productive, while the Atlantic article focuses on the midlife crisis. Labor and development economists are discovering a U-shaped pattern of content as we age that spans cultures, economic conditions, and even species: evidence suggests that an ape’s sense of well-being also bottoms out at what is their equivalent to age 45-50. The good news is it does get better and stays better, well into your seventies. The takeaway?  Recognize that the U-curve is to blame — not your life choices — and ride through the mid-life storm to better days ahead.

Faculty Book Talk – Mon 11/17 – Oyer’s Roadside MBA

Please join us for another Faculty Book Talk on the Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives & Small Business Owners. Authored by GSB Professor Paul Oyer, Michael Mazzeo and Scott Schaefer,

Join us for a midday book talk at the Library. Hear Paul Oyer speak about Roadside MBA and enjoy light refreshments on the Library’s 4th floor.

Paul Oyer Book Talk
November 17, 2014
Board Room
4th floor Bass Center

Great Books. Great Room.
This popular event series is designed to showcase faculty publications and encourage GSB community interaction and engagement. The Library’s beautiful  fourth floor sets the scene for an inviting yet informal book talk, Q&A, and reception. All GSB students, staff, faculty & alumni are welcome. 

‘Scaling Up Excellence’ Scales Up

Congratulations to GSB Profs Huggy Rao and Bob Sutton!  Their recent book  Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less  (call number HD58.8.S887 2014) has been selected by Library Journal as one of the best business books of 2014. Books are chosen by the magazine’s reviewers and columnists. To give you an idea of the company they’re keeping, Thomas Pitketty’s international sensation Capital in the Twenty-first Century is also on the list.  Some of you may recall that Prof Sutton spoke on Scaling Up Excellence at the last Library Speaker Series event in Bass Center.  Be sure to check the Popular Business Books rack in the Library for available copies.

Panel event, Oct 20

Please join us at Noon, Monday, October 20 in C-102 for a panel event, Computing at the GSB: Laying the Foundations. Organized by the Oral History Program, the panel will feature Jeffrey Moore (moderator), Charles Bonini, James Miller III and William Sharpe discussing how computing entered into research and teaching. The program will last 90 minutes.

High Media Multitaskers

Those of us familiar with Stanford professor Cliff Nass‘s groundbreaking 2009 study on media multitasking will be interested to read this article from today’s Wall Street Journal detailing the results of a new study conducted by and about teens at an Oregon High School.  Nass, who died almost one year ago, was actually consulting with Sarayu Caulfield and Alexandra Ullmer, the two students who conducted the study, at the time of his death.  To consider his interest in how it turned out is to feel his loss all over again.  Nass’ 2009 study indicated that college students were not good at multitasking, even when they were certain they were.  Caufield and Ullmer’s study found the same to be mostly true of their peers, with the exception of a subset they label “high media multitaskers.”  These students (60 of the 403 participants) proved to excel at multitasking, performing better at the assigned tasks while also listening to music and using smart phones.  Why the difference?  Ullmer posits the research suggests that digital natives, who’ve never known anything but media multitasking, are better adapted and thus better at it.  Time and further research will tell.


Panel event, October 20

On Monday October 20 from Noon to 1:00 the GSB Oral History Program will present a panel discussion on the introduction of computing and its incorporation into the life of the school. Titled “Computing at the GSB: Laying the Foundations”, the event will be held in room C-102 at the Knight Management Center, and is open to everyone. Panelists will include Jeffrey Moore (moderator), Charles Bonini, James Miller III and William Sharpe, who will reflect on how computing became important for teaching and research at the GSB.


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