Monkey focus may clarify multitasking

How long can monkeys split their focus? A new study puts them to the test to examine how brains handle multitasking.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
June 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention visual-perception brains monkeys science-and-technology

Nope, ‘mommy brain’ doesn’t sap attention

The idea of "mommy brain" affecting moms' attention and memory doesn't seem to hold up under testing.

Joseph Paul-Purdue • futurity
June 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention parents memory mothers brains science-and-technology

Traits we can’t see can help us find stuff in clutter

New research shows that our minds focus on physical traits of an object that we can't even see while we search for it and discards traits that don't match.

Jill Rosen-Johns Hopkins • futurity
May 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics attention vision science-and-technology perception

Your personality shapes how music affects your focus

Whether music will fuel or distract you depends on the type of song, your personality, and what you're doing, particularly if you're working from home.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: attention music jobs personality society-and-culture

Older adults prefer videos to learn driver assistance tech

Most cars today come with technology to make driving easier and safer. But older drivers don't often use them. Interactive video tutorials may change that.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: attention aging older-adults science-and-technology driving

ADHD medications focus the brain on a task’s benefits

Rather than simply boost ability to pay attention, ADHD medications work by focusing the brain on the rewards completing tasks will bring.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: attention brains motivation featured health-and-medicine medications attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd

‘Neuroforecasting’ predicts which videos will be popular

"Here we have a case where there is information contained in subjects' brain activity that allows us to forecast the behavior of other, unrelated, people."

Stanford • futurity
March 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention brains video science-and-technology decisions

Attention training may ease teen anxiety disorders

Computer-based attention training could offer relief to teens diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, according to a new study.

Fred Mamoun-Yale • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention anxiety teens social-lives health-and-medicine

If you have to multitask, use these 4 tips to do it better

Research shows that multitasking saps our productivity. But, since modern life demands split attention, here's how to multitask as well as possible.

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention brains featured science-and-technology focus

You may feel more focused with your phone nearby

People who sat without their phone had more problems with concentration than those who had their phone nearby but couldn't use it, a new study shows.

U. Oregon • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention mobile-devices society-and-culture focus

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