In a new study to appear in in Neuron, scientists have uncovered mechanisms that help our brain to focus by routing only relevant information to perceptual brain regions…and on how this focus can be disrupted, suggesting new ways of presenting information that augment the brain’s natural focal capabilities.
“Focus on what I am about to tell you!”, the report begins:
Our complex modern world is filled with so many distractions – flashing images on a television screen, blinking lights, blaring horns – that our ability to concentrate on one thing at a time is of critical importance. How does our brain achieve this ability to focus attention?
The answer is believed to lie in two distinct processes, referred to as “sensitivity enhancement” and “efficient selection”.
A more detailed report can be found at: http://www.riken.go.jp/engn/
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