Today’s selection — from The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin. Focus facilitates creativity and problem-solving, but the ability to focus is impeded by any number of things, including multi-tasking. And we are all easily distracted, because we love new things — in fact, we humans will work just as hard to obtain a novel experience as we will to get a meal or a mate:
“The brain ‘only takes in the world little bits and chunks at a time,’ says MIT neuroscientist Earl Miller. You may think you have a seamless thread of data coming in about the things going on around you, but the reality is your brain ‘picks and chooses and anticipates what it thinks is going to be important, what you should pay attention to.’

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