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

Navigating Life via the Stars of Detail

Are you unsure how to navigate your life? Notice the details.

Discrimination, Crime and Media Reporting on Campus

Times are changing. Planning is Learning. Safety, security and equity are essential in enabling students to succeed.

Does a Dog's Body Language Tell Us How Much He Has Learned?

You can read a dog's body language — specifically his mouth, eyes, ear position, and tail carriage and wagging — to learn whether he has learned an obedience task well.

Attention Extroverts! Leave Me Alone!

By Steve Albrecht DBA on September 29, 2015 The Act of Violence
Being an Introvert in an Extrovert's world can be exhausting. Some rules between the two can help.

Dear Diary: Want To Hear a Secret?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on September 20, 2015 Creating in Flow
Dear Diary Day (Sept. 22) ought to be every day, especially for writers. Get the habit of making notes in a journal, whether for your future self, or to enrich your next writing project. All you need is an open mind and a seductive notebook at hand.

The Psychology Of Why Being Funny When Flirting is Vital

Bale, Morrison and Caryl in their study of chat-up lines wondered why men persisted in using so many ‘chat-up’ approaches that were rated as unpopular with so many women – such as boorish jokes, empty compliments, and sexually loaded remarks. They wondered if these strategies were never intended to impress a woman, but merely winnow out which possible ‘targets’ were...

Forms of Conscious Attention

Here we learn a little bit about conscious attention, the experience of flow, and Lloyd, a professional writer and expert pianist who often experiences a form of effortless conscious attention when fully engaged in his work.

7 Ways to Spark Your Sense of Wonder

By Gregg Levoy on September 10, 2015 Passion!
The senses of wonder and awe are among the active ingredients of a passionate life. Here are 7 ways to help activate them.

Avoiding ADHD’s Wide Net: One Parent, One Child at a Time

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on September 09, 2015 Singletons
The number of children diagnosed with ADHD is staggering and growing. Before you accept an ADHD diagnosis (and stimulant medication), as a parent it is your responsibility to consider what else might be causing your child’s difficult behaviors.

Is Being Normal a Disadvantage in Life?

Society assumes that conditions like ADHD and ADD are a handicap. There is increasing evidence that they are a huge advantage in real life.

A Dramatic Rise in ADHD Diagnoses

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on September 06, 2015 Side Effects
Diagnoses of ADHD in school-age children jump 42 percent and the figures overall may be even worse.

Poison Apple II: How Smartphones Degrade Learning

Today’s students are less capable compared to their earlier counterparts. Education technology is an alluring cost-effective illusion that promises more efficient learning that real teachers provide.

3 Steps to Finding Your Flow

Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose.

The Fear Factor in Somatization

Immersive reading, medical student's disease, and irritable bowel syndrome find a common thread in the brain.

Feeling Phone-verwhelmed?

Enjoy specific steps that you can take to create a healthier, more balanced relationship with your phone — and all forms of technology, for that matter.

Engendering Psychology and Psychotherapy

What happens in psychotherapy when gender is given proper attention? So-called aberrant disorders are replaced with STDs-socially transmitted disorders.

Distracted Living

Realize where your priorities lie and turn your undivided attention towards them to use all of your efforts and resources achieving things that make you feel proud and content. These seven tips can help you stop living distracted and add more value to the time you have!

The Gorilla in the Concert Hall

By David Ludden Ph.D. on August 24, 2015 Talking Apes
Inattentional deafness can have serious real life—as well as life and death—consequences.

Zero Tolerance for Delay

Has the fact that so many services have become so much more efficient caused people to become unreasonably intolerant about any sort of delay?

Using Attention to Get People to Do the Right Thing

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 21, 2015 Ulterior Motives
We want people to take the stairs rather than the elevator, to eat fruits and vegetables rather than candy bars, and to help others rather than thinking only about themselves.

ADHD Medication May Enhance Hypnotizability

Hypnosis, an enhanced state of inner focus, can be an effective tool for improving a range of symptoms, including those related to mood and learning. The ADHD drug methylphenidate (Concerta, Ritalin) has been shown to increase hypnotizability in a sample of patients with ADHD and thus may enable patients to benefit from adding hypnosis to their treatment regimens.

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

By disrupting sleep, suppressing the brain's frontal lobe, raising stress hormones, and fracturing attention, daily screen-time is making children become the worst version of themselves.

Wild and Structured Consciousness

Understanding how attention is related to consciousness requires some knowledge about the philosophical debates on the nature of consciousness, which essentially can be described as being both wild and structured.

Distinguishing Between Good and Bad Anxiety

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on August 03, 2015 Ambigamy
Are you anxious? Should you be? It depends on whether your anxiety is founded or unfounded.

The Curious Connection Between Distraction and Impulsivity

By David DiSalvo on August 01, 2015 Neuronarrative
Science is steadily uncovering a link between handicapped working memory resources and handicapped impulse control, with all its unfortunate shortcomings.

No Regrets

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on July 24, 2015 Mental Mishaps
What regrets do you have? Although I’ve heard that we should live with “No Regrets,” I suspect we all have a list of regrets. Regrets invade our thoughts, occupy our minds, and keep us thinking about the things we wish we had done differently. But there may be ways to barricade your mind and stop ruminating about your regrets.

Beautifying Your Armpits

Would dyeing your armpit hair fabulous circus colors make you more beautiful, more expressive, more liberated? The armpit artists say they're saving women from "harmful standards." But all body decoration needs to balance technique and real-life experience. Do we want intimacy or applause?

Culturally Induced Blindness

Can you answer this simple riddle or do you suffer from cultural blindness?

Living in the Candy Store

Taking responsibility for yourself sometimes means taking responsibility for the world you live in. Change where you are and change who you are. The latest generation of technological assists do that exactly that, helping you march to your own tune and do the work you think is important.

Is Fame Really Worth Risking Mental Health?

I would not have predicted the stranglehold it Reality TV would come to have on “entertainment” today. It wasn’t a bad notion to use TV to shed light on the human condition. However, as a PsyD and LCSW, I know that whenever human beings are pitted against each other in a public forum, it triggers instincts and unpredictable behavior in them.