Daniel Goleman’s book, Focus, addresses this topic. You can see what he says in this short 4 minute (approximately) video here.
The Reticular Articulating System (RAS for short) plays a key role in helping the brain determine what stimuli or input it pays attention to. In short, it determines where we focus.
Think about it. In any given moment, what are you paying attention to? What are you actually noticing? Is it the sound of outside noise, your beating heart, your keys on the keyboard, or the birds in the trees?
Here are a few different articles which explore the RAS and its function:
- This article by Tobias van Schneider: “If you want it, you may get it. The Reticular Activating System Explained.”
- This Dummies article by Marilee B. Sprenger: “How your brain controls your attention”
Today’s team building tip gets the team to explore the question “What are you putting your attention around?”.
Notice. What are you noticing?
What is not being focused on?
What implications does this have?
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