Research highlights the importance of daily meditation, exercise and sleep for improving executive functioning, a component of attention that helps people focus.
Cannabis use is linked to poorer memory, attention and mental health.
While only about 20% of people would qualify for a formal diagnosis of a mental disorder, more than 60% express symptoms of those disorders – and those symptoms can lead to cognitive difficulties.
Across Canada and the United States, more than two million people are living with aphasia and its language and communication challenges.
What use are we in helping to solve difficult global challenges if we’re so depressed and cognitively depleted that we can’t think of the best actions to take?
‘Attention snacking’ may help keep us alert.
Research shows that people with more flow in their lives had a higher sense of well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists are beginning to explore what happens in the brain during flow.
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.