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Conceptualizing Information Systems and Cognitive Sustainability in 21st Century 'Attention' Economies (Includes Syllabus)
Piedmont Project (2007)
  • David A. Bray, National Defense University
Abstract

This course will bring together a group of students studying information systems (IS), primarily in business, though we welcome additional perspectives to include IS in medicine, public health, law, environmental sciences, neurobiology, or other fields. As a class, we will analyze and discuss the issues of individual and group cognitive sustainability in multitasking, knowledge-driven economies. Specifically, as developed societies increasingly become knowledge-driven economies, the risk of eroding cognitive sustainability and emotional well-being of humans also increases. Similar to the effect of pollution on the Earth's natural environment, information pollution can erode the limited attention spans of individuals and cause detrimental stress-related effects for both individuals and societies as a whole.

Keywords
  • information pollution,
  • knowledge overload,
  • attention spans,
  • information systems,
  • cognitive distortion,
  • social distortion,
  • evolutionary biology
Publication Date
April, 2007
Citation Information
David A. Bray. "Conceptualizing Information Systems and Cognitive Sustainability in 21st Century 'Attention' Economies (Includes Syllabus)" Piedmont Project (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dbray/20/