If fidgety movements like drumming fingers or a swaying foot annoy you, there’s a word for that: Misokinesia.
A researcher who studies physical skills explains how getting your conscious thoughts out of the way lets your body do what it knows how to do, better.
When you lose focus or your mind goes blank, sections of your brain may be having a quick snooze.
School teaches us to read a text carefully in order to understand it. But on the web, ignoring information is a survival skill.
Though research is still ongoing, therapists’ practical experience and adults’ and kids’ self-reflections suggest that fidget toys can be helpful for emotional and cognitive support.
The study found people bounce back from their mental sluggishness soon after emerging from isolation.
Young children may find it harder to control their attention if they use touchscreens regularly.
Research shows short bouts of physical activity can boost your concentration for up to one hour.
For optimal concentration, players need to cultivate ‘meta-attention’, the mechanism that enables us to refocus our attention when the mind has wandered.
Students say they have a hard time studying and cognitive science proves they’re not trying to dodge work: there’s a link between negative emotions and difficulties in concentrating.
Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.
Do you ever find you suddenly need to turn off the radio so you can concentrate on what you’re doing? It’s because you only have a finite amount of attention, for particular types of tasks at least.
Do you often forget where you put the keys or what you were looking for in the fridge? It’s not necessarily a sign of cognitive decline – it might just come down to being tired, stressed or worried.
Technology experts have long worried about a ‘digital divide’ between those who could use computers and those who could not. Artificial intelligence algorithms are widening the gulf.
‘Heavy’ media multitaskers performed worse on attention and memory tests – and some even had structural brain differences.
Compulsory sport and physical education at school will improve children’s memory, attention and ability to concentrate, not just boost fitness. The evidence is in.
As well as increasing physical fitness and mental health, martial arts can boost brain cognition too.
Seeing is not just believing. Seeing changes what we believe, about ourselves and about other people.
At least half of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol. But prevention programs at US colleges and universities don’t address what that means for bystanders.
Martial arts help boost both brain and body.