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The FitMind Podcast: Mental Fitness, Neuroscience & Psychology

Oct 26, 2021

Dr. Amishi Jha is a neuroscientist and professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She's the Director and Co-Founder of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative.

Dr. Jha leads research on the neural basis of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, resilience, and performance, working with the military, educators, elite athletes, and children.

We discuss the 3 main subsystems of attention, the evolutionary reason for mind wandering, and recommended practices to sharpen your attention.

FitMind Neuroscience-Based App:

0:00 | Introduction to Amishi Jha, PhD

4:48 | The Attention Problem

6:30 | 3 Main Subsystems of Attention

11:06 | How Subsystems of Attention Work Together

13:20 | Meta Awareness and Meta Cognition

15:30 | Evolutionary Reason for Mind Wandering

18:58 | What Makes a Thought “Sticky”

24:18 | High Stress and Attention

31:33 | Can You Undo Benefits of Mindfulness?

36:28 | Different Definitions of Mindfulness

40:18 | Recommended Practices to Train Attention

43:58 | Rapid Fire Questions