Brainís Anti-Distraction System Discovered by Canadian Scientists

by Kathy Jones on  April 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM Research News
RSS Email Print This Page Comment bookmark
Font : A-A+

A new study by two psychologists from British Columbia's Simon Fraser University reveals that an active suppression mechanism is in place when the brain wants to avoid being distracted.
 Brainís Anti-Distraction System Discovered by Canadian Scientists
Brainís Anti-Distraction System Discovered by Canadian Scientists

This discovery could revolutionize treatment of attention-deficit disorders as well as the way these diseases are perceived by doctors at large. Researchers John McDonald and John Gaspar revealed that this was the first study to highlight an anti-distraction mechanism in the brain. It involved 47 students, who were asked to perform an attention-demanding visual search task.

"Distraction is a leading cause of injury and death in driving and other high-stakes environments," Dr McDonald told the Toronto Sun. "There are individual differences in the ability to deal with distraction. New electronic products are designed to grab attention. Suppressing such signals takes effort, and sometimes people can't seem to do it. Moreover, disorders associated with attention deficits, such as ADHD and schizophrenia, may turn out to be due to difficulties in suppressing irrelevant objects rather than difficulty selecting relevant ones."

The study details appear in The Journal of Neuroscience.



Source: Medindia

Post a Comment

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions

News A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

News Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Find a Doctor

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook

News Category

News Archive