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Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives

by David M. Levy,
Psychology Today, January 20, 2016

In 1890, William James, the founder of American psychology, defined attention as “the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought.” Distraction, its opposite, James characterized as a “confused, dazed scatterbrained state.”


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