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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.”

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Neuroscientist Amishi Jha is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami.



Actor Morgan Freeman famously delivered the line [in the sci-fi movie Lucy] that people use just 10% of their brain capacity. In fact, they use 100%. However, the flood of incoming information overwhelms the human brain. Thus, the brain’s attention system has become selective. Attention is the “brain’s boss,” guiding all brain activity. Yet, it isn’t always an effective leader. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha and her team conduct research on attention to determine how it drives perception, why it fails at times and if training increases focus. Subjects wear electrode-embedded caps that detect the brain’s electrical ...

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