When I was a kid, I always wondered why our brain pays attention to certain information and can only remember some part of the whole bunch of data. How does our mind process this information? How does it decide what is important to remember and what is not? These questions still haunt me; even my students sometimes questioned me, ‘sir, I was trying hard to pay attention to today’s lesson, but I couldn’t understand a word you said. At the same time, the rest of the class always had different opinions than that student who was not attentive during class sessions.
Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. External distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha says, but some simple techniques can boost it. “Pay attention to your attention,” Jha says. Continue reading “The Process of Paying Attention to Your Attention”