NYC Event: Neuroscience of Digital Distraction

Dr. Anastasia Dedyukhina presenting in front of a seated audience.

This speaks to us––it’s a talk called the Neuroscience of Digital Distraction and it will be given here in NYC on September 25th. It will presented by Dr. Dedyukhina, who is the author of Homo Distractus and the Founder of Consciously Digital, a London-based digital wellness company. We spoke with Dr. Dedyukhina who told us about the inspiration behind her upcoming event. We think you’ll enjoy what she has to share!

Tell us about Neuroscience of Digital Distractions.

Our gadgets are not designed in a neutral way, but rather with an idea to keep us online longer—they explore vulnerabilities in our brain, and our existing biases. The idea of this event is to explain to people what these vulnerabilities and biases are and how they can claim back their attention and focus without going back to the caves.

What inspired you to create this event?

It all started with me getting rid of my smartphone, and starting to talk to people about how great it felt. It very quickly became a “thing,” with more people asking me to share (about my experience), and with me becoming more curious about the impact of tech on us. (I ended up) presenting a TEDx talk and writing a book. This event is a natural extension of both, which gives an opportunity not only for me to talk, but for people to discuss their experiences and to meet like-minded individuals.  

How do you see this event contributing value to the mindful technology community?

I hope to share some knowledge I've acquired in the last four years of dealing with this subject, but also to initiate a discussion about ways to 'unhack' our brains.

When and where is the event being held?

Neuroscience of Digital Distraction will take place on the 25th of September in New York, NY at the Centre for Social Innovation. 

To purchase tickets to Neuroscience of Digital Distraction visit this website. To check out Dr. Dedyukhina’s TEDx talk, “Could you live without a smartphone?” watch the video below. 


All images from Consciously Digital.

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