Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here’s How to Stay Sharp

journal.thriveglobal.com

“Although it may seem counterintuitive, we now appreciate that focusing and ignoring are not two sides of the same coin […] it is not necessarily true that when you focus more on something, you automatically ignore everything else better. We have shown in our lab that different [brain] networks are engaged when we focus compared to when we ignore the same thing.” These processes are so separate, in fact, there are different networks of brain structures that carry out their respective functions, each of which is critical for attention.

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