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Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here's How to Stay Sharp
Gazzaley and Rosen say some activities may boost cognition and attention by stimulating the brain's ability to strengthen and reorganize existing neural connections, a process called neuroplasticity. Activities that may boost cognition include physical exercise, meditation and spending time in nature. Recent research also finds that some cognitive exercises may also help.

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Attention = Focusing + Ignoring

Paying attention involves two separate distinct brain functions: 

  1. “enhancement” - our ability to focus on things that matter) 
  2. “suppression” - our ability to ...

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Suppressing distraction gets harder with age

Our ability to filter out distractions, not our concentration, diminishes with age. 

As we grow older we get more and more distracted. 

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Less visual clutter to eliminate distractions

When your eyes are closed, your brain isn’t working as hard to filter out visual information. So: 

  • Use one screen, one browser window, and one computer program at a time.
  • Ke...

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Activities that boost focus

To increase our ability to concentrate try :

  • Exercise
  • Meditation 
  • Spending time in nature may help boost cognitive control
  • Coggnitive exercises & immersi...

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Arguments against gaming addiction

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  • The fear of possible addiction arrises from moral panic about new technologies, not scientific research or clinical data.
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Deep engagement with learning makes the experience more valuable and easier to remember.

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