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There is far more information in the environment than the brains can fully process.
The ability to maintain "attention" allows the brain to prioritize those parts of the environment that are most relevant.
Attention is much more than just focusing. It fuels the ability to think, feel, and connect.
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About Amishi Jha: Dr. Amishi Jha is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California–Davis and postdoctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University. Dr. Jha’s work has been featured at NATO, the World Economic Forum, and The Pentagon. She has received coverage in the The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Forbes and more.
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