Multitasking Is Subject of PBS Program to Air March 4

UCSF Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley to Host Program

UCSF's Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, will explain the impact of multitasking on the brain, and offer strategies for improving attentional abilities and focus as people age during a PBS-sponsored program written and hosted by Gazzaley.

The program, “The Distracted Mind with [UCSF’s] Dr. Adam Gazzaley,” will air on KQED PLUS (channel 10 on Comcast) on Sunday, March 4 at 10 a.m. For a video preview and full listing of local and national airdates, go here.

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD

Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD

A neurologist and director of the UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center, Gazzaley studies the neural mechanisms underlying memory and attention, and how these processes change with normal aging and dementia. His goal is to identify ways to intervene therapeutically to alleviate memory and attention deficits.

In 2005, he and colleagues at University of California, Berkeley, reported the first neurological evidence that the brain’s capacity to ignore irrelevant information diminishes with age.

Today, he leads numerous clinical studies investigating the mechanisms that contribute to memory loss in normal aging and exploring whether they can be targeted with therapies, including pharmaceutical treatments and software-based cognitive-training interventions, which are designed to take advantage of the brain’s plasticity, might act on sensory processing.

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