Posts Tagged "brain"

How Your Brain Makes You Hold Contradictory Beliefs

Posted on January 25th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Admit it: You hold a few contradictory beliefs—maybe more than a few. We all do. Many of them we aren’t even aware of, and the reason we aren’t aware of them has to do with the way our brains process, store, and retrieve knowledge. And in order to do that well, they turn us all into self-contradicting messes, at least some of the time. Here’s how, and how come.

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Our brains’ penchant for efficiency means they aren’t great at syncing our behaviors with our core principles in every context.

This Is How You Future-Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 by The Learning Factor


It’s no secret that technology advancements have affected our brains. With instant messages, push notifications, wearable technology, and many other tech-driven distractions, the pace at which we are expected to respond has accelerated. We’re multitasking with unfortunate effects. How much more can our brains take? And is it possible to future-proof them for all the technical advances yet to come?


Performance expert and Australian medical practitioner Jenny Brockis, author of Future Brain: 12 Keys to dev2elop Your High-Performing Brain, thinks so. Our brains are designed to adapt, but there’s a difference between adjusting to change and expecting an organ to endure relentless stress without time to renew, she says. So the first step to future-proofing our brains lies in good physical care, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and downtime, she says.

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Is it possible to train your brain to cope with an ever more fast-paced world? In some cases, more tech might save us from tech overload.

The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

Posted on January 11th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing ability to focus.


That’s good to know. But if you’re a chronic multitasker who finds it hard to focus, is there any hope of getting your attention span back?


While neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, psychology professor at McGill University in Montreal and author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession won’t speak definitively for everyone, he says there are some general things most of us can do to improve our focus. Put these practices into place to sharpen your concentration and be more effective.

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Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.