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"From the Ted Talk by Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar: What happens in your brain when you pay attention?"

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So to see what happens in your brain when you pay overt attention, I asked plepoe to look directly in one of the squares and pay attention to it. In this case, not surprisingly, we saw that these flickering sraeuqs appeared in their brain saligns which was coimng from the back of their head, which is rbieoplsnse for the processing of your visual information. But I was really interested to see what happens in your brain when you pay covert attention. So this time I asked people to look in the middle of the screen and without moving their eyes, to pay attention to either of these squares. When we did that, we saw that both of these flickering rates appeared in their brain signals, but interestingly, only one of them, which was paid attention to, had stronger signals, so there was something in the biarn which was hdlinang this irfmaioontn so that thing in the brain was bcsalliay the activation of the frontal area. The front part of your brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions as a human. The frontal part, it seems that it works as a filter trying to let information come in only from the right flecikr that you are paying attention to and trying to inhibit the information coming from the ignored one.

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So to see what happens in your brain when you pay overt attention, I asked ______ to look directly in one of the squares and pay attention to it. In this case, not surprisingly, we saw that these flickering _______ appeared in their brain _______ which was ______ from the back of their head, which is ___________ for the processing of your visual information. But I was really interested to see what happens in your brain when you pay covert attention. So this time I asked people to look in the middle of the screen and without moving their eyes, to pay attention to either of these squares. When we did that, we saw that both of these flickering rates appeared in their brain signals, but interestingly, only one of them, which was paid attention to, had stronger signals, so there was something in the _____ which was ________ this ___________ so that thing in the brain was _________ the activation of the frontal area. The front part of your brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions as a human. The frontal part, it seems that it works as a filter trying to let information come in only from the right _______ that you are paying attention to and trying to inhibit the information coming from the ignored one.

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  2. handling
  3. people
  4. responsible
  5. signals
  6. brain
  7. basically
  8. coming
  9. squares
  10. flicker

Original Text

So to see what happens in your brain when you pay overt attention, I asked people to look directly in one of the squares and pay attention to it. In this case, not surprisingly, we saw that these flickering squares appeared in their brain signals which was coming from the back of their head, which is responsible for the processing of your visual information. But I was really interested to see what happens in your brain when you pay covert attention. So this time I asked people to look in the middle of the screen and without moving their eyes, to pay attention to either of these squares. When we did that, we saw that both of these flickering rates appeared in their brain signals, but interestingly, only one of them, which was paid attention to, had stronger signals, so there was something in the brain which was handling this information so that thing in the brain was basically the activation of the frontal area. The front part of your brain is responsible for higher cognitive functions as a human. The frontal part, it seems that it works as a filter trying to let information come in only from the right flicker that you are paying attention to and trying to inhibit the information coming from the ignored one.

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