"Ninety percent of remembering is paying attention." That reminder got the full attention of an audience of 1,000 family members of people with dementia at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla. Those scanning their smartphones squirmed guiltily.
"Most people have to hear something about five times before they really get it — even very smart people," continued Ron Davis, chair of the Scripps Florida Research Department of Neuroscience. "And it helps to have restful sleep in between to remember long term."
That brought to the microphone the Boomer mother of a 14-year-old. "When my son does his homework, he's also texting with his friends and listening to music and playing video games — how can he possibly be paying attention?"
Today's younger generation grew up with massive assaults on their attention, Davis explained. "They have adapted to it. Their brains are probably wired differently than their parents.' "
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