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Is Music the Fountain of Youth? Maybe — When it Comes to Verbal Memory

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs WHAT'S THAT WORD? I'm an oldster, and I lose words. I'm not in the minority. As we age, our memories for words decline. This drop in verbal memory has been widely documented scientifically (see Bopp and Verhaegen 2005 for review). Most people assume that [...]

Focus Tips for Students: From Science!

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs I get a lot of emails from high school and college teachers and administrators who want to help their students improve focus. So here are my top 4 focus tips for students -- each one supported by much more scientific research than I cite here. [...]

Top 3 Focus Myths –> Top 3 Focus Tips

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs   I write about the mechanisms of focus a lot. But it's time for an all-out rant. Why? Because there are some basic misunderstandings about focus, and they are affecting people around me. When these myths are cleared up, people's lives get a ton [...]

Focus is a Feminist Issue*

*With apologies to Susie Orbach, author of Fat is a Feminist Issue By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs   What is it about focus that matters so much to me that I'm devoting my own focus to trying to understand it scientifically? I didn't know the answer until last week, when [...]

How to Stop Training Yourself Out of Focus

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs The first generation to be raised with smartphones is entering college, and professors are letting us know the outcome of this worldwide, uncontrolled experiment in attention modification. It's clear to professors teaching this generation that something major has changed. Some call it the "ADD [...]

Secrets of productivity: Flow, time, music, and your heartbeat!

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs Have you ever been so engrossed in your work that you were amazed to find that hours had passed when you thought it had been only minutes? This is a critical hallmark of cognitive flow, which describes a state of being immersed in productive [...]

On the intimate connection between focus and well-being

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs Unsurprisingly, my son, who is an only child and just started his junior year at a new high school, was wanting my attention a lot the other day. I know he needed my attention, but I was distracted by my need to relax. I [...]

Do your focus tools work? Part five: Boosting your creativity

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs   So you want to be a better creative thinker? Maybe you want to be more creative in solving problems at work, or you want to write a novel and you can't get the plot down, or you want to learn how to write [...]

Do your focus tools work? Part four: Are you drawing on information from the future?

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs I never know how to start this discussion. I meet new colleagues who aren't in my field, and when they ask what my research interests are, I say "time perception" or "the relationship between unconscious and conscious representations of events in time." I generally [...]

Do your focus tools work? Part three: What about your inner space?

By Julia Mossbridge, MA, Ph.D., "Dr. Julia" Science Director, Focus@Will labs Summary: This is part three of a series of posts examining how the focus tool Focus@Will works, based on a recent series of experiments. In part one, I explored self-reported focus and described the evidence that the “focused feeling” you get with Focus@Will is [...]