Stress is one of the biggest obstacles to focusing, says Jha. In a high-alert state, we often start ruminating and catastrophising. We get stuck in “loops of doom” or imagined scenarios. This mode impacts our “working memory”: the amount of information that can be held in our minds and used for a task.
7 min read · From 2018 · Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters.
10 min read · 2021-08-24 · Familiar categories of mental functions such as perception, memory and attention reflect our experience of ourselves, but they are misleading about how the brain works. More revealing approaches are…
It’s easy to show how things are not working. The hard part now is where to go from here.
8 min read · From 2019 · Most of us live with a constant stream of internal criticisms, statements and commands running through our heads. But we do have a choice: We don’t have to let them define us — or our d…