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Focused and diffuse modes of thinking

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When you’re using the focused mode of thinking, you’re deliberately practicing or thinking about something, giving it all your attention. Focused thinking utilizes your brain’s prefrontal cortex, the part right behind your forehead that controls attention and memory and helps with decision-making and problem-solving. Diffuse thinking happens in the background. Rather than deliberately and consciously focusing on one thing, you’re thinking about the big picture. Your brain is creating new connections while you are doing something else.

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Focused and Diffuse: Two Modes of Thinking - Farnam Street

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"Our brains employ two modes of thinking to tackle any large task: focused and diffuse. Both are equally valuable but serve very different purposes. To do your best work, you need to master both."

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    This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley is co-teaching one of the world's largest online classes, "Learning How to Learn", https://www.coursera.org/course/learning.

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