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

Remembering Accidentally on Purpose

It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.

What Makes a Dog Notice a Person

Is it the sight of you, the sounds you make, or your scent that is most likely to make a dog aware that you are nearby?
Eric Maisel

What's More Likely to Increase Creativity—Netflix or Zumba?

Have some folks watch Netflix for an hour. Have some other folks take a Zumba class. Then test their creativity. What do you expect that the results will be? Here's the answer!

Plato, Phones, and That Embarrassing Silence

Is technology a problem? Was it in the past?
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You Really Need to Be Tracking Your Dreams

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Recording and working with your dreams on a regular basis may allow you to better predict your illnesses, cultivate your creativity and improve your daily social interactions.
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Where to Go on a First Date? Why Scene Selection Matters

Sparks fly when distraction is low. Selective focus is seductive, so on a first date, set the scene to give your partner your undivided attention.

Untangling Myths About Human Trafficking

With human trafficking being known as 'modern day slavery,' it's imperative that we shatter the commonly-held myths about this criminal act to help better identify and stop it.
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The Smartphone: Handle With Care

The retreat that technology offers can be a dream come true for introverts--but it can become a nightmare.

The Silver Lining in the ADHD Cloud

Is your ADHD getting in your way? Learn how to turn it into a valuable asset.

Dementia of Youth—Why Our Memories Are So Unreliable

Do you feel a little lost in your life choices? Small mindset shifts can go a long way

Four Reasons Why Paradox Helps Research Get Attention

Do Paradoxes Command Better Attention or Disbelief? The Answer Will Surprise You.

Loneliness and Dis-Connection

Do you pick up your phone t look at the various iterations of Facebook and Twitter when you are with others or feeling somehow lonely? This strategy will only make you more lonely.

The Power of Wakeup Calls

By Gregg Levoy on July 18, 2017 in Passion!
The purpose of wakeup calls is to awaken you to something you're ignoring. Here's how to make the most of them.

The #1 Conversation Topic for a Great First Date

Research reveals that the number-one topic of conversation of a successful first date is the woman.

How "Only Having Eyes" for Your Date Creates Chemistry

Research indicates that when it comes to building chemistry, first-date partners are uniquely attracted to others they believe are uniquely attracted to them.

Do Brain-Changing Games Really Work?

By Lydia Denworth on July 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
Want to improve your thinking and memory? Think brain-changing games might help? A new study looked at their effect on the brain, on cognitive performance, and on decision-making.
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Mindfulness for Beginners

Mindfulness is all the rage, and with a promise to improve concentration, mood, and energy, reduce stress, improve immune function, and even fight obesity, it should be.

Four Underappreciated Markers of Female Beauty

It is no secret that when it comes to physical beauty, women are held to higher standards than are men; here are a few of the subtle things that seem to matter a lot.

Listening to Difficult Emotions

By Karyn Hall Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Pieces of Mind
Difficult emotions may be trying to keep you out of trouble.

The Matrix Effect: When Time Slows Down

By Marc Wittmann Ph.D. on July 09, 2017 in Sense of Time
Have you had this kind of experience? Time seemed to slow down during an accident. Here are answers to the questions of why this happens and what then happens in the brain.

The Cognitive Audit

Ten cognitive requirements designed to help instructors inject cognitive skills into their training programs.

Creativity—what's Curiosity Got to Do with It?

Are inquiring minds creative minds?

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.

Fidget Spinners — Toy or Therapy?

Are Fidget Spinners the new Therapy for ADHD and Stress?

The Overlap of ADHD and GAD

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be similar and occur at the same time. Learn about symptoms and treatments.

Distracted Parents and Problem Children

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on June 28, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
Have you seen them at the parks and in the coffee shops? Parents hypnotized by their phones and computers; unaware of what their children are doing. What happens to those children?

If for Just One Day We Could Smell as a Dog Does

Imagine, for a moment, walking into a large gathering and instantly, with just a sniff or two, knowing intimately more about the people around you.

Here’s How Amazon’s Alexa Hooks You

By Nir Eyal on June 26, 2017 in Automatic You
Voice interfaces like Amazon's Alexa are very engaging. A four-step model explains the psychology behind what makes the technology so habit-forming.

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

A new study reports that the mere sight of one's own smartphone—even if the phone is turned off and face down—can create "brain drain" by depleting finite cognitive resources.

ADHD and Opioid Addiction

ADHD and substance abuse are commonly co-occurring disorders. Let's look into the correlation vs. causation.