Improving Concentration

noun

1.

the act of concentrating; the state of being concentrated.

2.

exclusive attention to one object; close mental application.

 

Improving Concentration is a very worthwhile cause. We all know the benefits of a keen concentration and a strong willpower provide in the realms of work and personal life. So simple ways to improve concentration are worth their weight in gold. Below is one simple way, and involves only your mind and a watch or other timepiece.

 

The earliest dated watch known, from 1530

 

The Concentration Watch.

Sit in a chair and place a clock / watch with a second hand on the table. Follow the second hand with your eyes as it goes around. Keep this up for five minutes, thinking of nothing else but the second hand, This is a very good exercise when you only have a few minutes to spare, if you are able to keep every other thought in the stream of consciousness subordinate to it. As there is little that is particularly interesting about the second hand, it is hard to do this, but in the extra effort of will power required to make it successful lies its value.

Do this as often as possible, preferably at least once a day. And keep your mind agile by performing different exercises that are designed to improve your concentration; here is another concentration exercise that will help you improve.

 

 The cocktail party effect

The Cocktail Party Effect is the phenomenon that a person hears his or her name even when not attending to the conversation. To study this, a screening measure for attentional control was given that tested a person’s ability to keep track of words while also doing math problems. Participants were separated into two groups—low and high span attentional control ability groups. They listened to two word lists read simultaneously by a male and a female voice and were told to ignore the male voice. Their name was read by the “ignored” male voice. Low span people were more likely to hear their name compared to high span people. This result suggests that people with lower attentional control ability have more trouble inhibiting information from the surrounding environment.

 

Concentration in Modern society

Some authors, such as Neil Postman in his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, believe that the attention span of humans are decreasing as modern technology, especially television, increases. Internet browsing may have a similar effect because it enables users to easily move from one page to another. Most internet users spend less than one minute on the average website. Movie reviewer Roger Ebert, an active blogger and “Tweeter,” wrote of the effect of technology on his reading habits and his search for “frisson” on the web and in life. Ebert cited an article by Nicholas Carr in the June, 2010 Wired magazine about a UCLA professor, Gary Small, who used an MRI scan to observe the brain activity of six volunteers, three web veterans and three not. The professor found that veteran web users had developed “distinctive neural pathways.”

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