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City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions

City Life Changes How Our Brains Deal With Distractions | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
A new study finds that urban minds don't pay as much attention to their surroundings unless they're highly engaging.
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" In an upcoming issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, a group of British psychologists reports that people who live in cities show diminished powers of general attention compared to people from remote areas. With so much going on around them, urbanites don't pay much attention to surroundings unless they're highly engaging."

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10 Reasons Why Your Brain Hates Long Business Meetings - Forbes

10 Reasons Why Your Brain Hates Long Business Meetings - Forbes | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

David DiSalvo,  a science, technology and culture writer who contributes to Forbes, Scientific American Mind, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, Esquire, Mental Floss and a smattering of other publications. My book, "What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite", shares 10 Reason Why Your Brain HAtes Long Business Meetings.

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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Why is walking in the woods so good for you? | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Nature walks are good for the brain...."the most powerful benefits, a new study suggests, may result from the way trees and birds and sunsets gently tug – but never grab – at our attention...

The explanation, according to lead author Marc Berman, a research fellow at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest in Toronto, lies in the distinction between two types of attention: “voluntary,” in which we consciously focus on something; and “involuntary,” in which something grabs our attention."

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Train Your Brain to Focus

Train Your Brain to Focus | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Next time you are sitting in a meeting, take a look around. The odds are high that you will see your colleagues checking screens, texting, and emailing while someone is talking or making a presentation.
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Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!"

Stop Telling Your Students To "Pay attention!" | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re a teacher, staff developer or administrator, today’s audience expects quality. You need their attention for explicit learning. For starters, stop telling your audience to “Pay attention!” It sounds pathetic. Why?

What I have learned is below. For the surprising news and to keep reading…"

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Adaptation: Why your brain loves to tune out

Adaptation: Why your brain loves to tune out | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Our brains are programmed to cancel out all manner of constants in our everyday lives. If you don’t believe it, try a simple, but startling experiment.

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Train Your Brain for Monk-Like Focus

Train Your Brain for Monk-Like Focus | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

We all struggle to maintain focus in our daily lives. Endless distractions keep our brains from focusing on a task as we struggle to get things done at work and complete projects around the house. But what's actually happening in your brain when you're lost in a project? And more importantly, how can you train to induce that focused state in yourself?

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Train Your Brain to Focus - BusinessWeek

Train Your Brain to Focus - BusinessWeek | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Concentrating on the task at hand will make you more effective (and creative) than multitasking (Train Your Brain to Focus - BusinessWeek http://t.co/WmCXW9jk...)...
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