A few years ago, I attended the Extreme Memory Tournament and saw some amazing memories in action. People who could memorize the exact order of a deck of cards in under 30 seconds or remember 100+ names associated with photos. I sometimes have trouble remembering one person’s name just moments after meeting them 🙂
While some of the participants may have started with above-average memory ability, many did not. All of the participants, regardless of their “natural” abilities needed to train their memory skills to compete at that level. There are known strategies and techniques for strengthening memory skills. The same is true for attention.
Neuroplasticity, the ability for the brain to strengthen connections between different parts of the brain, allows children and adults to strengthen cognitive skills. Practicing cognitive skills, just like physical skills, allows us to get better at them. The tricky part can be figuring out how to best practice a skill.
Meditation is a known way to practice focus and reduce distractibility. As you sit and meditate, you repeatedly focus on the breath while letting mental distractions come and go. Over time, it becomes much easier… as do most things with practice.
The reason we developed the Attention Arcade as a suite of video games is that a child is more likely to play video games repeatedly versus doing something that feels like work. And the more a child practices his or her attention skills, the stronger those skills will become.
While anyone can train attention skills, the important thing is to find the right way to practice. The Attention Arcade makes training attention skills easy.