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Archive for April 2017

Our Capacity for Concentration Part 2

In pilot training there is a concept that is designed for prioritisation of mental tasks and ultimately, safety. It has a cute, rhyming mnemonic: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. And the idea is, when under a high mental load, to do these things in that order. Aviate. This means, fly the aircraft, make sure it is flying…

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Our Capacity for Concentration Part 1

Our capacity for concentration is limited. I like to think of this capacity as a bucket – a brain bucket. It has a limited amount of space you can fill with simultaneous tasks and each task takes some amount of space. Think about when you’re learning to drive, for instance. Your bucket might be about…

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