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Fighting and surviving the attention economy

The scarce resource all tech companies are competing for today is our attention, and they are getting pretty good at stealing that attention from us one minute at a time. Here's a group of courses that will teach you how to find focus, to understand how your brain works and hopefully give you some tools to spend your time that's actually worth it.

5 courses

Courses in this collection:

  • 1

    Mindfulness i hjärnan

    Neurovetenskapen bakom mindfulnesstraditionen

    Mindfulness är ett sätt att träna och forma sin hjärna. Genom att styra vår uppmärksamhet kan vi ta oss ur tankemönster som leder till nedstämdhet och depression – eller bara bli bättre på att fokusera på nuet. Den här kursen tar hjälp av modern neurovetenskap för att visa vilka delar av hjärnan som arbetar när vi tränar mindfulness och varför det fungerar.

    Det här är inte en självhjälpskurs som hjälper dig att träna på vissa mindfulnesstekniker. Du får snarare bekanta dig med hjärnan och en rad utvalda studier som visar på mindfulness effekt.

  • 2

    Getting to Know Your Brain

    Everyday neuroscience for curious people

    Ever wished you had paid more attention in biology class? Do you feel that you know very little about the one organ you couldn't survive without? Interested in learning about neurotransmitters and what causes some of the most common mental disorders? 

    Look no further – this is the course for you!

    In ten very short lessons, we will go through some of the most important parts and systems in the brain. You will also get a brief, neurological explanation to what might cause depression, anxiety, and addiction.

    Don't expect to learn everything there is to know about the brain. Instead expect to learn enough to understand your reactions a bit better, and enough to drop a fun fact or two about the brain at your next dinner party.

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    Said about the course:

    "I love learning about neuroscience, for me who has read lots of books on the subject this was a great reminder. Recommend it to anyone interested in knowing about why we behave the way we do"

  • 3

    The Fundamentals of Learning: Finding Focus

    How to learn faster, better and more efficient

    If you want to become a better learner, the first thing you have to start training is your focus. 

    Why is that? Because memory has a limited capacity and attention determines what will be encoded in it. 

    Without being fully present during the memory encoding stage of learning, we can’t process the information mindfully, and therefore can’t encode it for long-term storage. To put it more bluntly, we’ll never be able to learn something we’re not paying attention to.  

    The topics of focus and attention have been studied by psychologists since the 1860s, and some argue even longer than that. We’ve delved into recent research to bring you the bite-sized version of the most recent findings, and how they can help you become a better learner.

    Together, we’ll uncover the research-backed answers to some of the most interesting questions about learning: 


    • How long should you try to pay attention for?

    • Are there different types of attention?

    • Should you handwrite your notes or type them?

    • Does multitasking improve learning? 

    Is there an optimal emotional stage for learning, and how can you manage your emotions to help you focus better? 

    Let’s get to it! 

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    Said about the course:

    "I work 6-10 hours per day in front of my computer and I have a huuuge problem with multitasking. This course gave me tools to really focus on what I'm supposed to focus on and I got some cool insights about learning, memory, and productivity at the same time!"

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    Meditation challenge for office workers

    Find your focus, reduce stress and become more productive

    Meditation is my medicine. It makes me focused, present, happier and kinder to those around me. I’m sure the world would be a better place if more people meditated. 


    Meditation promises a lot, better sleep, more focus, better presence in the here and now. Many people who have tried it can attest that it does deliver. The path there isn’t necessarily a simple one, though. I’ve put together this course to make things a bit easier for newcomers to meditation. You will get 15 short exercises that you can do before or at work. It will take some effort on your part. But if you do all of the exercises, you will see positive effects on your ability to maintain focus and deal with stress.

     

    Taking 15 minutes for meditation each day is a core point of this course. In each lesson you will be introduced to one simple meditation technique.

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    The Art of Monotasking

    How to stop multitasking in ten days

    Can’t stop opening your email? Do you have more than ten tabs open right now? Are you planning what to cook for dinner while reading this sentence? 

    If you have answered yes to any of the above, you just might have a problem with multitasking.

    A problem? Yes, modern research offers clear evidence that multitasking is far from effective. In this course, you will learn why. You’ll also be given ten simple exercises that will help you stop multitasking and start monotasking.

    This course builds on research from behavioral economics, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral psychology to get you on your way to a monotasking work-style.

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    Said about the course:

    "I love the concept of monotasking! It has changed how I work entirely – I get more done but somehow leave work earlier than before!!" 

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