““It may be that distractibility is not, in fact, a bad thing,” said Shelley H. Carson, a psychology researcher at Harvard whose work was cited in the book.”
“It is agitating in the way it embodies the distractibility of contemporary life, but it is also trenchant and thought-provoking—a slog to read, in other words, but a pleasure to ponder.”
“But the scores on such tests are meaningless unless they are interpreted by sophisticated clinicians who are totally knowledgeable in pertinent research on child and adult development, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology, and who are astute observers and interpreters of behaviors such as the person's approach to problem solving or the degree to which anxiety or distractibility might have compromised the person's test scores.”
“Apart from low motivation, IQs are sometimes invalid estimates of a person's true functioning because behaviors such as distractibility, anxiety, or low frustration tolerance can interfere with test performance and lead to a low IQ or a low standard score on a test of working memory -- even when the person truly has exceptional ability.”
“Nevertheless, this new research demonstrates that, for a certain segment of the population, distractibility can actually be a net positive.”
“I found that choosing or avoiding certain nutrients could either enhance mental acuity or decrease distractibility and irritability.”
“The good news is that distractibility does not equal dementia.”
“It leads to distractibility, chronic time urgency and impatience.”
“So instead of strictly measuring distractibility, latent inhibition tasks measure a form of mental flexibility.”
“The way I see it, it's not distractibility, per se, that is the most relevant thing for creativity.”
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