Your brain’s attention system continually assesses how and where to direct your focus. Yet, it doesn’t always do a good job, says Amishi Jha, a neuroscientist who conducted mindfulness training studies on active-duty marines. Jha explains that attention is powerful yet also vulnerable to external and internal distractions. Her research confirms a solution to poor attention – that is, a mindfulness practice. Though she doesn’t share any mindfulness exercises or techniques in this talk, getAbstract recommends her strong argument that you should “pay attention to your attention.”
In this summary, you will learn
- How attention guides brain activity,
- Why attention is powerful yet vulnerable, and
- How mindfulness training increases focus.
About the Speaker
Neuroscientist Amishi Jha is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami.