“If keeping someone’s attention in a lecture was a business, it would have an 80 % failure rate.”
– Dr. John Medina
ATTENTION ON DECK
One of the basic concepts of education is to make sure students pay attention. Attention for students is difficult because it is unnatural to put humans in an environment where they have to sit still and watch something that is not threatening or pleasurable. In fact our visual orientation and attention span probably have to do with the threat of predators and being able to orient to what the predator is doing.
After measuring eye-tracking in experiments scientists recently determined that “results indicate that dangerous animals capture and maintain attention in humans, suggesting that historical predation has shaped some facets of visual orienting and its underlying neural architecture in modern humans.”
Humans had to pay attention to predators and prey to figure…
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