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The Brain and Concentration

  1. Feb 23, 2012 #1
    What are the current accepted paradigms on concentration and Focus? I want to know more information about it, links are also greatly appreciated.

    Sometimes I can study for a very long-period of time with complete concentration. And other times I just can't seem to focus as much as I would like and my mind would often wander.

    What helps concentration?
     
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  3. Feb 23, 2012 #2

    Evo

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    Sleep.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2012 #3

    lisab

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    For me, it's good to get regular exercise...and sleep, like Evo said.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2012 #4
    Only thing I take is a cup of coffee in the morning.

    I get plenty of that. =D

    Regular exercise maintains concentration?
     
  6. Feb 23, 2012 #5

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    Coffee has been shown to provide some benefit for ADD/ADHD, too, but they still prescribe amphetamines like Aderall. Lots of controversy there, though. Hard to tell when pharmaceutical companies tend to be selective in their reporting.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2012 #6
    How much caffeine (how many cups) should I take? I take only one a day because I fear of being too dependent or addicted.

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    I wish Adderall was legal. Its a shame brain enhancers are looked down upon, in fact, I think its the smart thing to do; pun intended. :biggrin:

    Though the thing that scares me is that its said that it can induce psychosis.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2012 #7

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    No idea, never read the research in depth, just the abstract.

    Yeah, I wouldn't with mess with my long-term brain chemistry like that. Practicing concentration is probably the most beneficial approach for a healthy individual.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2012 #8
    Sometimes I have veryy good concentration, other times I don't. I just want to be more consistent.

    I'm looking to take Ginkgo Biloba and Omega-3s. Any other natural "brain boosters" out there?
     
  10. Feb 23, 2012 #9

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    You're on the right track, good nutrition and sleep is really what it comes down too. I'll bet omega-3's are magnitudes more effective than ginko biloba. Dark chocolate has known positive effects too.

    There's also attitude and interpersonal relations. Those can always be distracting.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2012 #10

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    I love my Aderall. If it wasn't for it, I'd still be in what I like to call my "zombie mode". Imagine walking around in a near daze all day, every day, for the better part of at least 6-7 years and not knowing anything was wrong.
     
  12. Feb 24, 2012 #11
    Have you tried simple meditation techniques?. Meditation can help in concentration especially done in the morning.
     
  13. Feb 24, 2012 #12

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    It does for me - it allows me to sit longer. I get fidgety if I have a lot of pent-up energy.

    I should add another thing that helps me tremendously: routine. Get into a regular study schedule. For me, this means being in the same place, too.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2012 #13
    From a neuroscientific perspective, exercise stimulates the release of molecules that enhance the signaling of brain cells and promotes neurogenesis (new neurons are made in two regions of the human brain, one important for learning and memory). Running also enhances the brain to synchronize signalling into patterns thought to be important during learning and memory (although I think this data is more correlation than causation).

    Personally, I know the weeks I don't go for a run I am more distractable and irritable. I think I also heard somewhere that it's healthy for you? :wink:
     
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