Analyzing Attention

Attention is sometimes described as a spotlight that focuses your awareness on a subset of what's going on in your head or in your environment. Some people naturally have more control over the spotlight than others. Control over the spotlight can also vary in certain situations (for instance, when one is free of distractions) and with the aid of certain drugs (like caffeine, Ritalin, and other stimulants). 

Recent posts on Attention

Consciousness and Information

Our conscious experience contains and depends upon many different kinds of information. What is the relationship between how information is processed and conscious awareness?

The Power of Pilgrimage—Part 2: Designing Rites of Passage

By Gregg Levoy on May 23, 2017 in Passion!
Here are some practical tips for designing spiritual journeys—whether retreats, pilgrimages, or vision quests.
The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

The Single Most Dangerous Word In Social Media

By John Nosta on May 23, 2017 in The Digital Self
Need to get a company's attention in the world of failed products and horrible customer service?
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Are You Grounded? Centered? Or Both?

Have you felt less grounded and centered lately? While these different, some of the self-help tools to ground you and bring you back to center are similar. Read more for tips.

Stop the Search: An Interview With Gangaji

By Mark Matousek on May 23, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Gangaji is one of the most respected spiritual teachers in America today. Her wise words are balm for the soul in our conflicted and dangerous times.

Do You Learn More When You Make Your Notes Beautiful?

Taking beautiful notes might help students learn.

How to Touch Him the Way He Likes

Has your partner told you how he likes to be touched? Do you know? Are you sure?

The Art of Being Too Sensitive

By Laurie Helgoe Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Introvert Power
Have you been told you are too sensitive? Respond with a paintbrush.

Inside the Mind of The 'Celebrity' Serial Killer Ian Brady

...why this serial killer never garnered the media attention that others... did, include the fact, unlike the 'Moors Murderer', Trevor Hardy did not have a catchy nick name...

The Habit Replacement Loop

Replace your bad habits with good ones! New research on habit formation offers information on how to improve student success by establishing a new normal in learning.

6 Ways to Stop Worrying About Things You Can't Control

You could waste a lot of time and energy thinking about things you can't control. These strategies will help you become more effective and more productive.

What Millennials Learned About Bias From This Harvard Test

There's a lot we can all learn about the conscious and unconscious influencers of bias. Here's one way some people are becoming more aware.

Between a Molehill and Mount Everest

Recent studies confirm that in matters of personal motivation and satisfaction, it’s not whether you win or lose; it's how hard you have to play the game.

Rehearsals and Reversals and More Rehearsals

By Bernard L. De Koven on May 08, 2017 in On Having Fun
When, from the very wings of your psyche, you hear your inner thespian, wording and re-wording what next to say

How to Bolster Your Experience of Creative Flow

Are you recognizing what really energizes your creative making?

Five Counterintuitive Ways to Benefit From Psychotherapy

Are you running out of ways to make therapy more useful? Try these approaches.

Investigating Brain Activity Outside the Laboratory

The brains have left the lab! This relatively new neuroimaging method enables researchers to study psychological phenomena in naturalistic environments.
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Learning From Professional Listeners

Become a professional conversationalist.

How to Think Our Way Out of a Nightmare Future

Think The Handmaid's Tale is a little too close to home? Maybe it's time we all took stock of these bad habits.

Fragmentation of Personality

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
Given the complexity of our online lives, how do we define the totality of who we are? Is this changing how we think of being integrated human beings and our creative lives?

Why Relying on GPS Does Your Brain No Favors

It's all too easy to let tech such as GPS do all your thinking for you, isn't it? But you might want to consider what invaluable mental resources you're losing in return.

Need a Midday Energy Boost? Skip the Caffeine, Take a Walk

Brief bouts of low-to-moderate intensity physical activity are more energizing than a 50 mg dose of caffeine (such as a can of soda or shot of espresso), according to a new study.
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Lessons from Zen Master Grandpa Jerry

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Learn to love life's little moments.

Why Hitler Did Not Use Chemical Weapons on the Battlefield

By Gordon Hodson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Without Prejudice
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently stated (incorrectly) that Hitler did not use chemical weapons on his own people. How can psychology inform this discussion?
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Can Paying Attention to Dreams Increase Creativity?

By Thomas Ward Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Creativity for You
Do you reflect on your dreams when you wake up in the morning? Would it help you to think more creatively if you did?

Sports Are Games Played by Humans

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Sports are played basically everywhere--but they aren't played at crime scenes. Time to push back on instant replay and slow-motion dissection of every event.

The Nature of a Dog's Eye Can Make Problem-Solving Difficult

Dogs have limited visual abilities when compared to humans, and this may make solving certain problems difficult.

Ladies, Want Your Man to Pay More Attention to You?

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 09, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Ladies, men need more praise than you think.

Speeding Up Your Creativity by Slowing Down

New research on making creative headway through attentive looking

Pop Music Shows That Our Attention Spans Are Getting Shorter

Do you fast forward if a song's intro doesn't grab your attention quickly? Since the 1980s, musical intros are much shorter due to a competitive "attention economy," study finds.