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Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked: Here's How to Stay Sharp

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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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 ignore the things that don’t. 

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. 

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.
  • Keep your physical and virtual desktop tidy.

Activities that boost focus

To increase our ability to concentrate try :

  • Exercise
  • Meditation 
  • Spending time in nature may help boost cognitive control
  • Coggnitive exercises & immersive action video games 

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