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Conceptualizing Information Systems and Cognitive Sustainability in 21st Century 'Attention' Economies (Includes Syllabus)

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

April 2007

Piedmont Project

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.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: information pollution, knowledge overload, attention spans, information systems, cognitive distortion, social distortion, evolutionary biology

JEL Classification: D70, D83, D89

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Date posted: June 5, 2007  

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Bray, David A., Conceptualizing Information Systems and Cognitive Sustainability in 21st Century 'Attention' Economies (Includes Syllabus) (April 2007). Piedmont Project. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=991165 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.991165

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David A. Bray (Contact Author)
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
University of Oxford
United Kingdom
HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray
National Defense University ( email )
Marshall Hall
300 5th Avenue
Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States
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