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Earl Miller appears on CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley Take It Easy- The Importance of Being Lazy (April 28, 2024)

In the brain, bursts of beta rhythms implement cognitive control (ScienceDaily, April 23, 2024)

To understand cognition — and its dysfunction — neuroscientists must learn its rhythms (MIT News, April 17, 2024)

Scientists Discover Extensive Brain-Wave Patterns (Scientific American, April 16, 2024)

Earl Miller quoted in the Washington Post: Mental lapses by Biden and Trump spark questions about memory and aging (Washington Post, Feb 10, 2024)

MIT Study Reveals Universal Brain Patterns (Science Blog, Jan 18, 2024)

How Anesthesia Blocks Consciousness (Neuroscience News, Nov 8, 2023)

Anesthesia technology precisely controls unconsciousness (MIT press release, Oct 31, 2023)

A multifunctional tool for cognitive neuroscience (MIT press release, Oct 20, 2023)


Brain networks use electric fields to store memories (Tech Explorist, July 25, 2023)

Press release: Brain networks encoding memory come together via electric fields, study finds (July 10, 2023)

Cytoelectric Coupling: How Brain Waves Sculpt The Structure Of The Mind
A bold new theory proposes that electric fields could be the architects of the innermost workings of the brain. IFLScience (June 28, 2023)

Press release: Mind to molecules: Does brain’s electrical encoding of information ‘tune’ sub-cellular structure?  (May 22, 2023)

Earl K. Miller quoted in the Wall Street Journal: The Lies We Tell Ourselves About Multitasking (May 8, 2023)

How Capitalism Is Killing Our Attention Spans (Current Affairs Magazine, March 11, 2023)

Press release: ‘Spatial Computing’ enables flexible working memory (Mar 15, 2023)

Thoughts Are An Emergent Property  Brain Inspired Podcast (Mar 8, 2023)

From Clockwork to Emergence: A “New” View of the Brain  The Learning Salon (Feb 24, 2023)

Earl Miller quoted on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher (Feb 4, 2022)

Press release: Traveling nature of brain waves may help working memory work. (Jan 31, 2022)

Earl Miller quoted in The Guardian: Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen (Jan 2, 2022)

Earl Miller interviewed on WKU’s Elevations (part 2): Kent Alum and M.I.T. Brain Researcher Debunks the Myth of Multi-tasking (Nov 20, 2021)

Earl Miller interviewed on WKSU’s Elevations: KSU alum sheds light on the mysteries of the brain (Nov 13, 2021)

Earl Miller to give keynote address at the grand opening of the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State University (Nov 5, 2021)

Earl Miller quoted in The Washington Post: The ‘crawl’ fed our need for constant news on 9/11. It never went away. Washington Post (Sept 11, 2021)

This Is Your Brain Under Anesthesia  Wired Magazine (May 11, 2021)

Anaesthetic terror, Aggressive dogs, horned crocs and the science of Love Actually  Science 7 Podcast (May 9 2021)

Anesthesia doesn’t simply turn off the brain, it changes its rhythms  MIT News (April 27, 2021)

Are These Bad Habits Ruining Your Brain?  Psychology Today (March 9, 2021)

As you look around, mental images bounce between right and left brain MIT press release (Feb 8, 2021)

Brain more flexible than thought, holds images between hemispheres.  The Academic Times (Feb 8, 2021)

Earl Miller on WGH Radio. Computers Gave Us The Word Multitasking, But Can We Actually Do It? (Feb 3, 2021)

Brain waves guide us in spotlighting surprises (Nov 23, 2020)

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? As Information Flows Through Brain’s Heirarchy, Higher Regions Use Higher-Frequency Waves SciTechDaily (Sept 14, 2020)

Honorary Degree Conferred Upon Renowned Neuroscientist Alumnus.  Kent State University (Aug 10, 2020)

Math shows how brain stays stable amid internal noise and a widely varying world.  MIT News (Aug 10, 2020)

Earl Miller interviewed about Cognition + Consciousness. Here We Are podcast (Feb 18, 2020)

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Multitasking” CMS Wire (Feb 4, 2020)

Earl Miller quoted in Nature. “Weighing the dangers of cannabis” (Aug 28, 2019)

Earl Miller quoted in “When it comes to multitasking, women are no better than men.” (Aug 14, 2019)

Earl Miller quoted in The Atlantic: “Watch Your Wallet. Why pickpockets love our digitally distracted age” (May 2019)

Earl Miller offers advice about how to manage your workweek: “Hustle Recovery” Women’s Health (December 2018)

Neuroscientists Debate A Simple Question: How Does The Brain Store A Phone Number?  National Public Radio’s All Things Considered (November 4, 2018)

The Biological Roots of Intelligence  The Scientist (November 1, 2018)

Want to Schedule a Productive Workday? Follow These 4 Really Simple Strategies.  Entrepreneur  (July 5, 2018)

Our Brains Need Phones That Only Let You Do One Thing at a Time (June 13, 2018)

Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync  Quanta Magazine (June 6, 2018)

Earl Miller offers advice on multitasking in Redbook.  Family and Life – Redbook May 2018

Steph Curry’s Pregame Ritual Is a Valuable Lesson in Staying Calm and Present in the Moment.  Inc March 13, 2018

Brain waves may focus attention and keep information flowing. Science News March 13, 2018

The Only Thing You Need to Do to Overcome Fear, According to Neuroscience  Inc. January 29, 2018

Distinct brain rhythms, regions help us reason about categories  MIT News January 25, 2018

MIT neuroscientists suggest a model for how we gain volitional control of what we hold in our minds.  MIT News January 15, 2018

Press release for our paper in Neuron: Brain waves reflect different types of learning.  MIT News Office October 11, 2017

Earl Miller inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences  October 7, 2017

Earl Miller quoted in Stylist Magazine:
The rise of ‘Borg Brain’: is modern technology affecting our minds? (April 5, 2017)

Earl Miller in Time.
You Asked: How Can I Use More of My Brain? (June 14, 2017)

Earl Miller on the cover of, and featured in, Kent State Magazine (April 2017)

Earl Miller’s guest column in Fortune:
Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Multitask, According to a MIT Neuroscientist (Fortune, Dec 7, 2016)

Earl Miller is quoted in the New York Times:
What Could I Possibly Learn From a Mentor Half My Age? Plenty (New York Times, Sept 11, 2016)

Profile of Earl Miller in Discover Magazine (Oct 2016)
Attention, Please: MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller has changed the way we think about working memory — the brain’s scratchpad.

Earl Miller’s work is discussed in Phyllis Korkki’s book:
The Big Thing: How to Complete Your Creative Project Even if You’re a Lazy, Self-Doubting Procrastinator Like Me

Earl Miller appears on Radio Boston (WBUR, 90.9) to discuss the dangers of distracted driving
Despite Bans, Many Still Text While Driving, 5-16-16

Earl Miller receives the Kent State University Professional Achiement Award and delivers the Commencement Address
Kent State University, 5-14-16

Earl Miller appears on NBC’s TODAY Show: This is your brain on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram other digital platforms.  NBC 1/27/16 Watch video »

7 everyday ways you are ruining your IQ
The Telegraph (UK) 8-5-15  Read article »

Earl Miller quoted in: How being constantly connected is hurting our productivity
Post Magazine 6-21-15  Read article »

The 10 Percent of the Brain Myth is Still Bullshit, Neuroscientists Say
Gizmodo 6-20-15  Read article »

Uncovering a dynamic cortex: Neuroscientists show that multiple cortical regions are needed to process information.
MIT Press Office 6-18-15 Read article »

Earl Miller quoted in: 5 terrible things screen time is doing to your brain
Metro (UK) 6-15-15  Read article »

Earl Miller quoted in: Optimize Your Performance By Singletasking
Forbes 6-1-15  Read article »

Earl Miller live on WURD 900AM (Philadelphia) discussing the dangers of multitasking.
WURD 5-23-15  Listen »

Earl Miller is quoted in: You Asked: Are My Devices Messing With My Brain?
Time (May 13, 2015)  Read article »

How Brain Waves Guide Memory Formation
MIT News Office Feb 23, 2015  Read article »

Radio New Zealand: Interview with Professor Earl Miller about Multi-tasking and technology
Jan 20, 2015 Listen »

Earl Miller wins Bose grant for high-risk innovative research.
Bose Grants Reward Risk  MIT News Office Nov 16, 2014  Read article »

The Dangerous Psychology of Texting While Driving
Fox News Nov 10, 2014  Read article »

Effective Multitasking is an Oxymoron
The Hill News (St. Lawrence University) Oct 29, 2014  Read article »

Biology of Consciousness: Bridging the Mind-Body Gap?
The Huffington Post Oct 10, 2014  Read article »

Experts: Why wearable tech could pose health risks
Fox News, Oct 20, 2014  Read article  »

Tweeting While Watching TV Linked to Fewer Brain Cells
New York Magazine, Sept 26, 2014  Read article »

Now Trending: Why you might want to put your smartphone down while watching TV
The Globe and Mail, Sept 20, 2014  Read article »

Our humming brains help us learn rapidly
New Scientist June 18 2014  Read article »

The Brain’s Crowdsourcing Software
The Wall Street Journal  November 15, 2013  Read article »

Clouds in the Head: New Model of Brain’s Thought Processes
Science News May 21, 2013. Read article »

There’s No More Single Tasking
Earl Miller appears on HuffPost Live.  October 21, 2013  Watch it here (archived) »

Complex brain function depends on flexibility
Neurons that can multitask greatly enhance the brain’s computational power, study finds. MIT News Office, May 19, 2013. Read article »

Is Multitasking Actually a Myth?
Huffington Post, Nov 11, 2013  Read article »

The Perils and Promise of Multitasking, 90.9 WBUR By Curt Nickisch January 31, 2013
Read article »  Listen to interview » or Watch Video »

Earl Miller quoted on CNN: Texting While Walking a Dangerous Experiment in Multitasking, 05-26-2012. Read article »

Constant Distractions Can Take a Toll, Boston Globe, 02-23-2012. Read article  »

Each Half of the Brain Has Its Own Memory Storage, Discover, 06-21-11. Read article »

Earl Miller featured in the book “How Intelligence Happens” by John Duncan. Order from Amazon » “Earl Miller Says Younger Generation Will Be Better Multitaskers”, 03-29-2010. Read article »

US News and World Report : “Some Brain Cells Seem To Multitask”, 6-9-2010. Read article »

EZ Central: “Some Brain Cells Seem To Multitask”, 6-9-2010. Read article »

MIT News: “Multitasking Is No Problem For These Brain Cells”, 6-10-2010. Read article »

Science Daily: “Individual Brain Cells Can ID Objects and Dissimilar as Cars and Dogs”, 6-9-2010. Read article »

Earl Miller wins MERIT Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, 6-7-2010. Read article » Earl Miller is interviewed about multitasking, 03-29-2010. Read article »

Tehran Times: “Why we don’t learn from mistakes”, 02-24-2010. Read article »

Technology Review: “Understanding Autism MIT researchers are working to explain a baffling condition”, March/April 2010. Read article »

The Washington Post – Earl Miller quoted (on page 3) in: “As books go beyond printed page to multi-sensory experience, what about reading?”, 12-28-2009. View PDF »

Harvard Business Review: “Success Gets into Your Head—and Changes It”, Jan/Feb 2010. Read article »

The Scientist: “Cortical Crosstalk”, Oct 2009. Read article »

The Independent Mail (of Anderson, SC): “Down with Multitasking”, 10-6-2009. Read article »

ABC News: “We Learn More From Success, Not Failure. Neural Processing in the Brain Improves After Success, Researchers Show”, 08-26-2009. Read article »

ScienceDaily: “The Mind’s Eye Scans Like A Spotlight: New Role Discovered For Brain Waves”, 08-18-2009. Read article »

New York Daily News: “Stop the multitasking madness! Attempting to do it all can cause neurological damage: studies”, 08-13-2009. (Incidentally, I did not do the experiment I’m given credit for and no one says that multitasking causes neurological damage – so much for accuracy in journalism). Read article »

Daily Mail: Earl Miller quoted in “Is Multi-tasking Bad for your Brain? Experts Reveal the Hidden Perils of Juggling Too Many Jobs”, 08-11-2009. Read article »

Financial Times: “Learning Only from Success”, 07-31-2009. Read article »

Fox News: “We Learn from our Mistakes, Right? Wrong.”, 08-4-2009. Read article »

MSNBC: “We Learn More from Success than Failure”, 08-4-2009. Read article »

Boston Globe: Earl Miller quoted in “Your Brain in Drive”, 07-26-2009. Read article »

Discover Magazine: Earl Miller quoted in “Building a Better Brain”, April 2009. View PDF »

Earl Miller quoted in a Re/Max real estate brochure. Really! . View PDF »

Earl Miller featured in the book “How We Decide” by Jonah Lehrer. Order from Amazon »

New York Times: Earl Miller quoted in the Week in Review section – “The Flipper Challenges the Crawl”, 12-21-2008. Read article »

The Times (London): Earl Miller quoted in “Can Everyone Be An Einstein?”, 11-16-2008. Read article »

New York Times: Earl Miller quoted in “Multitasking Can Make You Lose…Um…Focus”, 10-25-2008. Read article »

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition: “Multitasking in the Car: Just Like Drunken Driving”, 10-19-2008. Read article »

National Public Radio’s Morning Edition: “Think You’re Multitasking?  Think Again”, 10-02-2008. Read article »

Earl Miller interviewed on Australian Radio about insight, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 8-25-08. Listen to interview »

The New Yorker: Earl Miller featured in The Eureka Hunt, 07-28-2008. Read article » or View PDF »

ABC News: Earl Miller quoted in “Newness Factor Weighs in on Brain”, 06-25-2008. Read article »

“An Integrative Theory of Prefrontal Cortex Function” (Miller and Cohen, 2001) designated a Current Classic by Thomson Scientific as among the most cited papers in Neuroscience and Behavior, April 2008. Read article » or View PDF »

USA Today: Separate brain areas rule concentration and distraction, 03-27-2007. Read article »

Scientific American: You May Not Have Rhythm, but Your Brain Does, 07-19-2007. Read article »

National Public Radio: Earl Miller comments on “A Home Design Conducive to Longevity”, 11-10-2007. Read article »

USA Today: Study may help develop ADD treatments, 03-30-2007. Read article »

MSNBC: Your Brain Knows When To Really Pay Attention, 03-29-2007. Read article »

Popular Mechanics: Different brain regions fuel attention, 04-04-2007. View PDF »

Slate Magazine: Brain Lessons, 04-25-2007. Read article »

Earl Miller featured in the book “The Genius Engine: Where Memory, Reason, Passion, Violence, and Creativity Intersect in the Human Brain” by Kathleen Stein. See excerpt featuring Earl Miller » or Order from Amazon »

Earl Miller quoted in the book “More Self than Self: At Autism’s Edge” by Henry Kong. Order from Amazon »

Technology Review: Reverse-Engineering the Brain, 07-11-2006. Read article »

Boston Globe: MIT Pools its Brain Power, 11-30-2005. Read article »

Earl Miller and Matt Wilson were guests on National Public Radio’s The Connection, 03-04-2005. Read article »

Earl Miller was a guest DJ on WMBR (88.1 FM) in Cambridge. Read article »

Primitive Brain Is ‘Smarter’ Than We Think, MIT Study Shows, Science Daily, 03-14-2005. Read article »

Number of the Beast, New Scientist, 01-24-2004. View PDF »

This Is Your Brain on Math, Dallas Morning News, 07-18-2004. View PDF »

New York Times: Earl Miller quoted in “Brain Scans Reflect Problem-Solving Skill”, 02-17-2003. Read article »

Hear Earl Miller talk about free will on German Public Radio, Hessen Radio, 02-18-2002. Listen to interview »

Artwork highlighting our paper is featured on the cover of the Journal of Neurophysiology, July 2002. View PDF »

Hard-Wired Math Skills, The Washington Post, 09-09-2002. View PDF »

Evidence Adds Up That Monkeys Can Count, CNN, 09-05-2002. Read article »

Rewiring the brain, MSNBC, 01-12-2001. Read article »

Revealed: How We Know Fido From Felix, New York Times on the web, 01-11-2001. View PDF »