Wed, 11 January 2023

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

Attention Span – How to Find Focus for a Fulfilling Life

Dr Gloria Mark

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Join psychologist Gloria Mark for a ground-breaking new look at how we pay attention that can help us perform better – and be happier – in our age of constant noise and distraction.

Why do you have such a hard time being focused? Why do you get distracted so easily and self-interrupt? And what can you do to reclaim your attention and achieve balance and harmony in your digital life?

Research scientist Gloria Mark began investigating how technology affects human attention when offices were first getting computers. Over the last 30 years, she has tracked changes in our attention spans and stress levels, and in the fundamental way our brains process information.

Now she joins How To Academy to show that much of what we think we know about attention is wrong. She will explore the current crisis of focus and productivity that is so deeply entwined with rising rates of anxiety and depression, and investigate what we can do about it.

Debunking the common myths around attention and digital technology, she will help us understand our own natural rhythm between deep focus and less attentive states, and build a toolkit for becoming both happier more productive in the long term.

For anyone struggling with the myriad distractions of the digital age, this is an unmissable opportunity to reclaim your attention and find balance and harmony.

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Gloria Mark

Professor of Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Dr Gloria Mark is Chancellor’s Professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine. She is a two-time recipient of the Google Research Award and her primary research interest is in understanding the impact of digital media on people’s lives and she is best known for her work in studying people’s multitasking, mood and behaviour while using digital media in real world environments. Dr Mark’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Forbes, Quartz, TIME, BBC News and NPR.