We all lose our focus from time to time. For those with attention issues, this can be discouraging, and lead to a decrease in productivity as well as self-esteem. A new study published in the Nature Neuroscience Journal shows it is possible to teach to mind not to meander off track.
Researchers at Princeton University used fMRI scans to monitor the brain waves of students who were asked to look at images and respond when they saw one that matched a particular criteria. When a student’s attention began to wander, researchers responded by making the task more challenging.
Lead author Nicholas B. Turk-Browne commented, “If we can use brain activity as a basis of feedback, we might be able to train people to be more sensitive to when their attention is starting to wane.”
Read more about the study here in the New York Times.