Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention birds hearing science-and-technology sounds

Awkward glances show your brain can ‘read minds’

"This shows how the brain is specialized not to perceive others' eyes, but rather to perceive the mind behind the eyes."

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brain attention eyes science-and-technology

Collision avoidance systems affect a driver’s gaze in 4 ways

Reactions to alerts from collision avoidance systems, which are rarely tested in open road scenarios, fall into four categories, researchers say.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: attention vision featured science-and-technology vehicles drivers

Daydreaming at work can be an asset or a flaw

New findings link daydreaming at work and creativity, though only for those who identify with their profession.

Chuck Finder-WUSTL • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: attention jobs society-and-culture creativity focus

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

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