Changes That Occur When You Pay Attention

Being able to pay close attention is hard to accomplish due to the fact that a person’s attention is dragged in so many different directions during one particular moment. Attention takes many dimensions and unlike what many people think about having focus, it also involves information, which one’s brain is trying to filter.

Our attention is directed in two ways. One is overt attention which involves moving of eyes towards something in order to pay attention to it and the second is the covert attention which is paying attention to something, but without moving the eyes. The brain patterns in overt or covert attention are different. Depending on the one that we are paying attention to, certain parts of one’s brain begin to resonate at the same rate as that of the intensity of our attention and it is possible to tell whether a person is on an overtly or covertly attention.

The filtering ability of the brain is indeed a key for attention. Apparently, this is missing in some people especially those with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, thus they hardly restrain any distractors. This means they are not able to sustain extended focus, even on a single task.

The front part of a person’s brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions. It works as a filter to let into the brain just the right information, which will enable a person to pay attention. Now, there is an opportunity for using cognitive brain-machine interfaces; especially, for those suffering from the stroke who are not able to speak or write. Using cognitive brain-machine interfaces, it is now possible to have computers, which could help people understand the thoughts of a person in a coma through the use of brain patterns.

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