Article: Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

…people with and without ADHD have attentional behavior that’s different in degree, not in kind. It’s a spectrum

The key, as Killeen explains, is to cooperate with mental movements.

Neuroenergetic Theory
if we grossly simplify the process, it looks like this:

  • After 12 seconds of effort, your neurons are running on empty.
  • They first look to glial cells for lactate, a readily used sugar.
  • If glial cells can’t find lactate, they look for glycogen, which they store up at night and later convert to energy.
  • If your neurons can’t find lactate or glycogen, they get exhausted–enabling other more excitable parts of your brain to call for attention?

Additionally, Killeen notes, you can look at the same problem in a different way: if you’re attacking a problem, try flanking it with an analogy. What if the problem were a painting? A cloud? What associations can you make? That free association, as we’ve learned from Stanford professor Tina Seelig, is a catalyst of innovation.


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