TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR ATTENTION

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THIS EPISODE: 40-60 MINUTES
Our attention is the door to the brain. How does it actually work? And what do we need in order to focus?
  • Video: 20 min
  • Total time: 40-60 min
This module is to be conducted on a big screen with participants present in the room. See more information in the instructional video in the module content list.


More than 80% of students in our survey had other media such as chat windows and videos fighting for their attention while studying. 
If, instead, we clear our work environment from distractions, we could finish a task four times faster.

WHAT DOES THIS LEARNING MODULE CONTAIN?

  • Knowledge on how our attention works
  • The benefits of taking control of our attention
  • Strategies for better focus

VIDEO MATERIAL

Olivia wants to become a lawyer one day, and needs to study to achieve her goals. But so many other things fight for her attention...

DISCUSSION

The video will make a number of stops to make room for discussion based questions.

AN EXPERT EXPLAINS

Neuroscientist Sissela Nutley explains how our brains and attention work and why certain types of background music can improve focus.
Meet the expert

SISSELA NUTLEY

Sissela Nutley holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, focusing her work on the development and plasticity of the human brain and how the latter is affected by our lifestyle choices. She has also held the position as Research Director at Pearson's Clinical Assessment group. Since 2018, Nutley's main focus has been lecturing, publishing her academic work, as well as acting as a consultant for both government agencies (such as the State Media Council and the Swedish National Agency for Education), companies (for example Spotify and Cygni) and schools. She is also one of the founders of the non-profit organisation Arts & Hearts, where science and entertainment is combined. 
  SISSELA NUTLEY - PhD in NEUROSCIENCE
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MEET the main character

OLIVIA

Olivia has a burning interest in animal rights issues and dreams of becoming a lawyer some day. The essay that determines her final grade is due today and she should spend every minute writing it. But then there's that petition she started, that just got reposted. And checking in with her friends to see how they're coming along. And is Douglas also going over to Amir's tonight?

The deadline is moving closer - will Olivia be able to take control of her attention in time to finish her essay?