Having trouble paying attention? MIT neuroscientists may have a solution for you: Turn down your alpha brain waves. In a new study, the researchers found that people can enhance their attention by controlling their own alpha brain waves based on neurofeedback they receive as they perform a particular task. The study[1] found that when subjects… Read more

From young adults to people in their 60s, everyday functioning in today’s world can place high demands on our attention and memory skills. Memory lapses such as forgetting an appointment, losing our keys, forgetting a distant relative’s name or not remembering why you opened the fridge can leave us believing our thinking skills are impaired… Read more

Scientists have long theorized that attention to a particular object can alter perception by amplifying certain neuronal activity and suppressing the activity of other neurons (brain “noise”). Now, researchers from the Salk Institute have confirmed this theory by showing how too much background noise from neurons can interrupt focused attention and cause the brain to… Read more

Holistic thinkers all have similar brain responses to the scene, whereas analytical thinkers respond differently to each other, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of people watching the same clip from a dramatic film show. Researchers from Aalto University showed volunteers the film My Sister’s Keeper on a screen while the research subjects were monitored in… Read more

A good mood can have a negative effect on some people’s executive functioning, such as their ability to focus attention, manage time and prioritize tasks, new research has found. The same study found that being in a bad mood can help it in some cases. Tara McAuley, a psychology professor at the University of Waterloo… Read more