Clifford Nass, Stanford communication professor, dies at 55
Original post made on Nov 6, 2013
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on Nov 6, 2013 at 9:30 am
Cliff Nass was an amazing, enthusiastic and challenging teacher... the only class my wife and I ever took together at Stanford, and one that changed our perspective on the world. We still reference it twenty years later. A great loss to intellectually curious and socially concerned citizens of the world. Luckily we have his immense body of work to remember him by and build upon.
on Nov 6, 2013 at 10:14 am
Very sorry to hear this ... this guy was very bright and way too young.
> Nass and two other Stanford researchers found that people who are regularly immersed in multiple streams of electronic information -- texting on a phone, watching a video, checking email and the like -- do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one task to another as well as those who focus on one item at a time.
Well, that is true of computers too. A processor doing one thing can do it more efficiently than it if has to stop, save what it's doing, load another job, do that for a while and repeat over and over, especially with more frequent interruptions. The difference is while processors will slow down, people will make mistakes. People are not machines ... hope we can remember that by remembering this man's work.
on Nov 6, 2013 at 11:20 am
Clifford Nass was my favorite Stanford professor. Very sad to hear this.