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‘Play This Video Game And Call Me In The Morning’
National Public Radio

I’m driving through a frozen world, where the roads are paved in ice. As I swerve left to avoid a miniature iceberg, a red fish flashes at the top of my screen. I’m supposed to tap all the red fish that pop up, but not the green fish or the blue. And I have to do this without crashing the car.

An unidentifiable omnipresent game-meister says: “Doing one thing at a time is easy, but doing them both at the same time is where the magic happens!”

As I get better at the game, my brain is being trained to ignore distractions and stay focused — or, at least, that’s the hypothesis of the neuroscientists who designed it.

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