I read an article last week that talked about attentional blink, a term I wasn’t familiar with.
Basically, attentional blink results because the human mind has a limited ability to process information. “When two targets embedded in a rapid stream of events are presented in close temporal proximity, the second target is often not seen.”
Things are happening too fast for the brain to detect the second stimulus. We experience a brief loss of attention.
It must happen all the time, right?
I mean who among us isn’t doing four things at the same time? Multi-tasking is today’s norm, not something we do on a particularly busy day.
We typically complete a work task while making a doctor appointment for our child, responding to an email, and taking our multivitamin. It’s the modern world’s standard.
At some point, though, something’s got to give. Doesn’t it?
The article went on to say that mediation can improve attentional blink.
Scientific studies have shown that mental training improves the efficiency with which attentional resources are distributed; meditation can actually alter the way in which the brain allocates attentional resources.
We can think more clearly and be present to more things at the same time. We have the power to be more focused.
Great news, right?
I know. It’s such a good idea. And I really want to do it. But really, who the hell has time/patience/aptitude?