Attention Training in School and Beyond
If focus skills can be groomed, as research has begun to hint, the important next question is whether, and how, attention should be integrated into education. Will attention become a 21st-century 'discipline', a skill taught by parents, educators, even employers? Already some educators are showing interest in attention training, mostly through the practice of meditation.
But with the field of attention training still in its infancy, scientists don't know whether any current teaching brings long-lasting gains—or, for that matter, which practices work best. Nonetheless, with global use of ADHD medications tripling since the early 1990s, and evidence mounting that attention can be strengthened, researchers are permitting themselves cautious excitement at the prospect that attention training could work.
Portions of this slideshow were adapted from an article that originally appeared in The Boston Globe.
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