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(p. 61) Are You Paying Attention? 

(p. 61) Are You Paying Attention?
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(p. 61) Are You Paying Attention?
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Amir Raz

, and Sheida Rabipour

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780198789673.003.0003
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date: 26 May 2019

“Are you paying attention” addresses the topic of maintaining focus on tasks. The chapter defines attention, offering a solid understanding of the cognitive functions that are often taken for granted. It looks at the idea that multitasking compromises our attention capacity, citing John Ratey of Harvard University, who refers to this craving for stimulation as “acquired attention deficit disorder.” This chapter also addresses clinical impairments in attention and how brain training can make the difference between frustration and accomplishment at work, or peer-rejection and social triumph.

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