Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life

Date

May 7, 2009

Speaker

Winifred Gallagher

Affiliation

Winifred Gallagher

Overview

Your life is the creation of what you focus on-and what you don’t. But what is “attention”, exactly? Can we train our focus? What happens in the brain when you deeply focus on something? With cutting edge information from neuroscience and behavioral science we can examine the role of attention in all areas of our lives, from work and relationships to the role it plays in innovation and creativity. In today’s world of omnipresent Blackberries, sound bites, Twitter and an increasing incidence of ADD in our children, it might be time to re-examine the role of focused attention in the modern world.

Speakers

Winifred Gallagher

Winifred Gallagher is a science journalist for numerous publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. She is the author of three earlier books, including the award winning The Power of Place.