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Attention Span

In Search of an Attention Span

Harlan Loeb | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
Harlan Loeb

This crisis of attention threatens our global society's ability to address and resolve increasingly complex international global conflicts at the highest level -- clashes that grow deeper and more intractable. This crisis of attention threatens to keep ups from controlling true diplomatic and other disputes.

Radio, Emotions and Ad Effectiveness: Why Every Marketer Needs a Sound Strategy

Brian Kaminsky | Posted 09.25.2015 | Media
Brian Kaminsky

There's an actual scientific reason why the memory of the first time I heard The Clash has stayed so vividly with me. Think about the emotions and impulses that certain sounds have elicited in you throughout the years. Because it's time for you to ask yourselves "What's my sound strategy?"

A Generation Without a Past: The Lost Present

Marwa Azab | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marwa Azab

I wonder who will tell this present when it becomes past? Will future grandparents have a paucity of stories that start with "I remember when I was your age... ?"

Why We Should All Stop Trying To Multitask Right Now

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living

People of all attention-span lengths understand how easily a text message, phone call or email notification can distract them from an important task. ...

Nothing Is Something to Do

Cathy Fink | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
Cathy Fink

Try listening to an entire album of music, with whatever gizmo you listen through. Just focusing entirely on the music and doing nothing else -- not looking at your phone, email, texts, Instragrams, tweets, the dust on your floor, the hole in your shoe.

Introducing 'Internet Rage,' The Road Rage Of Our Time

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.13.2015 | Healthy Living

You may already be familiar with "sidewalk rage." It's what happens to your blood pressure when the person in front of you takes too long in the groce...

Think You're Good At Paying Attention? This Video May Make You Think Twice

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living

If you consider yourself an observant person, it won't be hard for you to count how many red cards are in a stack, right? BuzzFeed Blue's selectiv...

5 Things to Help Millennials Take Back Their Lives

Nina Friend | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Nina Friend

What is it about millennials that makes us constantly forge happiness? I have faith in my generation. If we believe that we can break free from social media mania and adjust our lifestyles to reflect authenticity instead of deceit, we might be able to admit that life is not perfect.

Mardi Gras and Multitasking: More in Common Than It Seems

David Ropeik | Posted 05.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

We ought to worry what the constant cognitive Mardi Gras of our über-connected/multitasking existence is doing to our social and intellectual health, to our decision making, and even literally to our safety.

Kids, Tech and Those Shrinking Attention Spans

Diana Graber | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Diana Graber

It's convenient for those of us who can remember a time when there were no distracting digital devices clamoring for our attention to place the blame for shortened attention spans squarely on the shoulders of technology. But that doesn't really get us anywhere, does it?

The Responsiveness Advantage for Salespeople

Rajesh Setty | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

The scarcest commodity today is mindshare. With the rise of social media, social networks and the smart phones, it is not surprising that "attention...

This Simple Desk Addition Will Unlock Your Productivity

Posted 11.22.2013 | HuffPost Home

Cabin fever is creeping in, bringing with it all manner of winter ills, including colds, boredom and lack of productivity. But an ongoing body of rese...

Our Attention Spans Are Dwindling, And It's A Big Problem (NEW BOOK)

Posted 10.24.2013 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." Today’s children are growing up in a new re...

Why I'm Good For Only 90 Minutes At A Time

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 08.21.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

It's the season of dance and piano recitals, of high school and college graduations, of award ceremonies, of endless summer little league games. We are busy with celebrations, installations, lectures, plays, meetings, seminars, dinners. But why, for goodness sakes, does everything have to be so long?

An ADDers's Very Quick Guide to Fiction You May Want to Avoid

Tom Alderman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Books
Tom Alderman

For many of us ADDers, if a book doesn't grab hold within the first few minutes, we're gone. Therefore, as a public service, here are some titles you may be tempted to pick up, but do not meet our shorter attention span criteria

Why Google's Idea to Get Technology 'Out of the Way' Is Short-Sighted

Maggie Jackson | Posted 07.26.2013 | Technology
Maggie Jackson

Today, the popular idea that our devices should fade into the background -- exemplified by Google's aim to get technology 'out of the way' via its Google Glass -- is alarming. If technology becomes invisible to us, we risk losing sight of how it shapes us, for good and for ill.

Professional and Living With ADHD: Ask Noah

Noah Kass | Posted 01.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Noah Kass

Q: "At 31, I've just been officially diagnosed with adult ADHD, which is not surprising at all. My doctor thinks I've gone undiagnosed my whole life. I believe having my temperament and sensitivity, although not easy in my business, has made me successful."

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Work

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 02.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

Pausing is an introductory mindfulness practice, but it offers a feasible and practical technique with which to start. Over time, training attention and awareness enhance cognitive functioning and contribute to emotional balance.

The Secret to Helping Your Kids Study Without Distractions

Dr. Larry Rosen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Parents
Dr. Larry Rosen

Our study found that if a student checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period, he or she had a lower GPA.

A Summer Reading List to Die For

Mark Morford | Posted 08.20.2012 | Books
Mark Morford

Do you have a summer reading list? My list is, strangely, almost identical to the reading list I had last summer. Which is similar to the one from the year before, and the year before, and so on, all the way back to something like, oh, 2002.

Focus: 6 Tips To Improve Your Ability To Pay Attention

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

During a typical day, your attention goes through many gradations as white does on its way to black and back. Genetics influence attention, and you can't control that, but with work you can keep attention where you want it most of the time.

Are We the Meat and Potatoes Generation?

Meghan Waitzer | Posted 08.01.2012 | Teen
Meghan Waitzer

Our attention spans are becoming shorter. I personally find it difficult to sit through a two-hour movie that has a lot of character development -- I'm always wondering when they'll get to the point.

Students Are Bored

Larry Strauss | Posted 02.26.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

A former student of mine, now a police officer and a volunteer assistant basketball coach, disappeared a few seasons ago for several months. He was assigned suddenly by narcotics to go undercover in a local high school.

Staying Whole in a Fractured World

Holly Robinson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

You know that panicky feeling you get when you drop your briefcase or purse and everything spills out in public? That's how I used to feel every day: embarrassed, furious and anxious because I couldn't keep up with my life.

Attention Span Plan

Colin Curran | Posted 12.17.2011 | Home
Colin Curran

My mind starts to wander and the thoughts become a lot more random. What would happen if zombies invaded Water Works, or if the moon suddenly exploded? What would I do for a Klondike bar?