August 4, 2009


Gallagher asserts that the quality of your life is largely dependent on what you choose to pay attention to. She argues that your world is constructed primarily from your thoughts and feelings, and that as you direct your attention to new things, it changes the way you experience life. Drawing on research in neuroscience and psychology, she explores both the science and behavior of "paying attention," including learning, memory, thinking and emotions, work, play, and relationship with others. She explains that the brain has limited processing power, so the choice of how you choose to use it is an important one. She focuses on the positive effects of paying attention--shaping inner experiences, changing behaviors, and literally change the way you think and feel about life.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:

Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life
Winifred Gallagher
BF 321 .G25 2009