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There is no "attention center" in the brain. So where is our capacity for sustained focus located? Research shows us that it 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 as opposed to something that is a poor use of your time, and is non-productive. If your view of the world, or of a particular situation, is more positive, Gallagher, stating research, says, "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." (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Winifred Gallagher is a behavior science writer.
Her books include:
To learn more about the work of Winifred Gallagher go to www.literati.net/authors/winifred-gallagher.
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 4/29/2009 Program Number: 3306
From Album: Secret Story Artist: Pat Metheny 1992 Geffen Records #GEFD-24468
Opening Essay: Track 03 Cathedral in a Suitcase Music Break 1: Track 02 Facing West Music Break 2: Track 10 As a Flower Blossoms Music Break 3: Track 04 Finding and Believing
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