Strengthening Your Ability To Pay Attention with Winifred Gallagher

Winifred GallagherThere is no “attention center” in the brain. So where is our capacity for sustained focus located? Research shows us that the brain is an ensemble of alerting, orienting, and executive networks collaborating to attune us to what’s going on in our inner or outer world in coherent ways that point us toward an appropriate response. Most of us don’t understand that attention is a finite resource, like money, so it pays for us to focus on what is more positive and productive. You can make a choice between focusing on something that is productive or generative or on something that is a poor use of your time, and is non-productive. Referencing research, Gallagher says that “The people who are in a positive emotional state see much more – their peripheral vision is larger. They literally see what we call ‘the big picture,’ and not only visually but also psychologically. They are in a better position to consider options; they have more choices; they can make better decisions.”




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