To learn, you have to “attend”.
Attending does not mean you just have to show up to the class or lesson. You also must pay attention - to the teacher, to the material you are reading, or the video you are watching.
Neuroscientists have recently been putting a lot of their attention on what happens in our brains when we pay attention.
Some new research from Yale University, USA has revealed that brain connectivity patterns can predict the strength of a person’s attention.
The Yale scientists calculated how well brain regions known to be involved in attention are connected to each other. By analysing 35,778 connections they identified several hundred related to an attention task.
By measuring the strength of these connections with brain scans they were able to predict how well an individual would be able to pay attention.
So now a scientist can put you in a brain scanner and discover how well you pay attention to things!
You may wonder - so what is the practical use of this research? We can’t scan the brain of every student to predict how well they will be able to pay attention in class.
Well, it could be a step on the way to developing an attention equivalent to IQ, and may one day help identify children most likely to benefit from attention training.
You can read more in this Neuroscience News article.
By the way did you know that your pattern of brain connectivity is unique, just like your fingerprints!