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This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

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Summary | 13 Annotations
Our attention spans are evaporating.
2018/04/24 02:36
In fact, we’re so distracted we’re walking into things.
2018/04/24 02:36
Attention span 101
2018/04/24 02:37
“single dopamine neurons process both primitive and cognitive rewards, and suggest that current theories of reward-seeking must be revised to include information-seeking.
2018/04/24 02:37
why is it so terrible at follow through
2018/04/24 02:37
Because the information-seeking part is way stronger than the “cognitive control” part that allows you to complete tasks.
2018/04/24 02:37
your brain has to expend precious resources in order to filter distractions around you. So doing the same task is harder in environments with more tempting or annoying stimuli.
2018/04/24 02:38
if the two goals both require cognitive control to enact them, such as holding the details of a complex scene in mind (working memory) at the same time as searching the ground for a rock (selective attention), then they will certainly compete for limited prefrontal cortex resources
2018/04/24 02:39
it has been shown that people who believe that they are good at multitasking actually tend to be those who do the worst on laboratory tests of multitasking
2018/04/24 02:40
you probably feel good when you multitask. But feeling good and efficiency are not the same thing. Multitasking meets your emotional need to do something new and exciting
2018/04/24 02:40
. In fact, cognitive control is measurably better after just a single exercise session.
2018/04/24 02:40
Over the years more evidence has accrued that meditation techniques improve cognitive control, including sustained attention, speed of processing, and working memory capacity.
2018/04/24 02:41
A 2008 paper described a significant improvement in their working memory performance after the nature walk, but not after the urban walk.
2018/04/24 02:41