Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day
October 18, 2021
An acclaimed neuroscientist takes us on an eye-opening tour of the attention system—our hidden superpower that enables us to function at maximum mental capacity to achieve more, maintain healthier relationships, and be present and engaged, no matter how anxious or stressed our lives.
From the constant pull of technology to the 24-hour news cycle to the overwhelming demands of work, our ability to concentrate is being strained as never before. We’re all suffering from a collective attention deficit disorder that is leaving us feeling scattered, overwhelmed, and anxious—yet unable to resist distractions like emails, Zoom calls, or new texts or notifications. Dr. Amishi Jha has dedicated her professional life to understanding the science of attention at every level—field testing soldiers, athletes, firefighters, judges, and executives to scientifically determine how we can harness our focus to be better at all life demands. She’s presented her research at international meetings, ranging from the World Economic Forum and the UK Parliament to the Pentagon, the National Institutes of Health, and NATO.
We actually use 100% of our attention at every waking moment, but Dr. Jha has discovered that unless we create room in our minds through specific and targeted daily practice, we cannot control what captures our attention. We will continue to be vulnerable to every distraction, an experience she calls attention degradation. Peak Mind introduces the one cognitive training technique proven to improve attention and performance: mindfulness training. Dr. Jha explains exactly how to implement this twelve-minute-a-day training program into daily life. Honed and proven in her lab, this revolutionary program will help you learn to ignore distractions and take control of your attention.
Smart and accessible, interweaving science and illustrative stories from high-level people who’ve successfully used her techniques, Peak Mind debunks common assumptions and offers stunning new tools to radically improve our lives.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amishi Jha is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, where she serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010. She received her PhD from the University of California–Davis and received her postdoctoral training in functional neuroimaging at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University. Her work has been featured at TED.com, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, the Pentagon; in the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, the Journal of Special Operations Medicine, and Joint Force Quarterly; and on NPR. Her pioneering work on mindfulness and attention is currently used in numerous organizations, from the US military and New Zealand Defense Force, to professional sports teams, medical schools, and businesses. She lives in Miami, Florida.
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