Can we train our focus? What's different about the way creative people pay attention?
Winifred Gallagher, an acclaimed behavioral science writer, makes the radical argument that the quality of your life largely depends on what you choose to pay attention to and how you choose to do it.
Irene Borger is a writer, teacher and director of the Alpert Award in the Arts. The former artist-in-residence at AIDS Project Los Angeles, and member of the faculty at University of California, Riverside, she has led writing workshops, devoted to witnessing and not-knowing, for art makers, and people living under conditions of extremity since 1990.
Published in numerous national magazines and newspapers, she is the editor of From a Burning House and The Force of Curiosity. A long time meditation student, she is writing a book on listening.
Winifred Gallagher's books include House Thinking, Just the Way You Are (a New York Times Notable Book), Working on God, and The Power of Place. She has written for numerous publications, such as Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.
Winifred Gallagher, an acclaimed behavioral science writer, describes a study demonstrating how the cultural differences between East Asians and Westerners influences their interpretation of identical situations.
"They looked at the same thing and they saw a completely different version of reality," she says.