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

Releasing the Barriers to Love: An Interview with Tara Brach

By Mark Matousek on November 24, 2015 Ethical Wisdom
What is the role of radical acceptance in intimate relationships? Why is spaciousness necessary for deep connection? Is it possible to be committed without attachment? How can we set our beloved free without losing trust?

What's The Difference Between Rationality And Rationalizing?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Ambigamy
We toss around rational and rationalize as though we know the obvious objective difference between them when actually, it's a little more complicated than that.

Hearing With Our Eyes, Seeing With Our Ears

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 Talking Apes
Consciousness is a virtual reality in the head, the brain’s best guess as to what’s out there in the world.

Singing the Body Electric

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 Media Spotlight
A recent study by researchers suggests that transcranial direct current stimulation can be a practical way to make human operators stay vigilant in monotonous tasks such as drone operation and cyber defense. With proper safety guidelines, brain stimulation may well be used in a wide range of different applications and improve cognitive functioning.

Consciousness and Memory

The role of memory in consciousness is often taken for granted. Without the brain's various memory systems it would be unlikely that conscious experience would even occur. Consciousness not only relies on working memory to maintain perceptual and other information but also on long-term memory to enrich our present experience with information from the past.

Ambivalence in Addiction

The Latin word "addictum" once described the length of time an indentured slave had to serve. The person who served that sentence was the "addict." The etymology means “bound to”—just as many of us are hopelessly bound to our screens.

Are Silent Dog Whistles Useful?

There are many myths and misunderstandings about how silent dog whistles can be used to control canine behavior.

Why Is Sex in Marriage Such a Big Deal?

The problem with sex today is that it's getting out of control

Art Therapy and Counseling…or is it Art Therapy Counseling?

A looming question remains for those art therapy students who obtain a degree title in either “art therapy” or “art therapy counseling”—will either of those degree titles be accepted for eligibility for counselor licensure in the future?

True Reflection

By Susan Rako M.D. on October 25, 2015 More Light
Have your children and grandchildren helped you to heal and grow?

Man Up and Take Responsibility

Lucky people usually turn out to be those that are vigilant and proactive; pay attention and this can be you.

How to Be a Genius

Yitang Zhang recently solved a math problem that mathematicians had been working on for more than one hundred and fifty years. His secret: concentration. Unfortunately, concentration doesn't happen by chance. Here are five data-driven ways to enhance your ability to concentrate...

The Three Most Dangerous Myths About ADHD

By Katherine Ellison on October 21, 2015 Pay Attention
Is ADHD an explanation or an excuse?

The Age of Artificial Consciousness

With the increasing momentum in technological advances, it seems we have reached a turning point in our ability to create advanced artificial intelligence systems. Some would argue that soon we will have a form of human-like consciousness in robots. But is that really the case?

Energies to Live a Vivid Life

Our bodies are incredible, intelligent instruments. When we listen to them, they will help us know exactly what kind of energy we require to achieve the power and balance we need to get things done and live our best life.

How Do Academic Prodigies Spend Their Time?

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field. So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently in accruing those 10,000 hours needed to become masters of their field?

Five Ways Teams and Leaders Can Deal with Negative Attention

By Laura M Miele Ph.D. on October 12, 2015 The Whole Athlete
Great communication and mental health awareness are present in successful teams like the New England Patriots. Coach Belichick and Tom Brady have exemplified their leadership skills and created a mentally tough team that can turn negative energy into something powerful.

The Blessings and Curses of Impulsiveness

You've probably done it before, fired off an offensive email, said something you regretted, or did something to you wish you wouldn’t have. You, like many others have probably fallen victim to impulsivity. Yet, there may have been times your impromptu behaviors paid off. The blessings and curses of impulsiveness, how do you strike a balance between the two?

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.

Do 'Macho' Men Get All the Attention in the Dating Pool?

Women's preferences for masculine or feminine faces vary considerably. A new study puts evolutionary explanations of these preferences to the test.

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 worse.