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The Art & Science of Attention — An Obermann Conversation

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Iowa City Public Library

NOTICE: This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule soon. Please check back.

Please join us for this free, public Obermann Conversation about attention and focus. We are living in an age of distractibility. Understanding how our brains attend and focus, as well as what we can do to cultivate attention, is necessary for our effectiveness and happiness. 

Shaun Vecera's (Psychological and Brain Sciences) overarching work attempts to understand the basic yet complex mechanisms of attention and perception. An example of his lab’s research pertains to situations in which we are distracted by items that are completely irrelevant to our ongoing behavior.

Fannie Hungerford is a yoga teacher and longtime meditator who helps UI students and others to better understand their own mental processes and learn tools to help befriend and control them.

Raud Kashef is a committed Iowa climber (a seemingly paradoxical identity!) who knows firsthand the need to be able to turn on and maintain absolute concentration.