Supper Club: Coconut-crumb chicken goujons
Supper Club: Coconut-crumb chicken goujons

IMAGE

This Wicklow home is full of rich colours and luxurious finishes
This Wicklow home is full of rich colours and luxurious finishes

Megan Burns

Vogue Williams on how flooring can transform your home
Vogue Williams on how flooring can transform your home

Vogue Williams

What the Irish street style set get up to at Copenhagen Fashion Week
What the Irish street style set get up to at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Oyindamola Animashaun

Gut Friendly Recipe: Aubergine Dip With Wheat-Free Pitta
Gut Friendly Recipe: Aubergine Dip With Wheat-Free Pitta

IMAGE

Social Pictures: An evening of Spanish wine-tasting
Social Pictures: An evening of Spanish wine-tasting

IMAGE

A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek kitchen
A careful reconfiguration of this Victorian Belfast home added a roof terrace and a sleek...

IMAGE Interiors & Living

Inside this urban London home, where all the rooms open onto a quiet courtyard
Inside this urban London home, where all the rooms open onto a quiet courtyard

IMAGE

My Life in Culture: Producer Oge Obasi
My Life in Culture: Producer Oge Obasi

Sarah Finnan

This Leitrim cottage on the market for €199,000 has a vibrant and colourful interior
This Leitrim cottage on the market for €199,000 has a vibrant and colourful interior

Megan Burns

Image / Editorial

This Simple Hack Will Help You Concentrate While Reading


By Jennifer McShane
05th Apr 2016
This Simple Hack Will Help You Concentrate While Reading

In our digital age of endless distractions, it can be all too easy for your mind to wander on a tangent. From packed calendars to mile-long to-do lists, it can be a task to get five minutes to eat, let alone sit down with your favourite book. However, it is wise to never underestimate the power of the written word and the places a gripping story can take you; they can evoke memories, give us a fresh perspective on our lives, and it is said that reading is even the key to a longer, happier life.

If you can’t wait to get stuck into your next book distraction free,?a new study has shed light on how to train our brain to concentrate better when reading, and it appears to be down to meditation.

The study,’recently published in the?Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice journal, sent half of its participants on an intensive Vipassana Meditation program for a month. This form of meditation is an ancient?Buddhist tradition, focused on the mindfulness of breathing.

After four weeks of training, participants who had learned how to meditate were able to spot grammatical errors and incoherent phrases text better than those who hadn’t meditated, indicating a significant improvement in concentration.

?Meditation practitioners across both studies demonstrated greater levels of error monitoring following training,” said the study authors.

?This suggests that training group participants were more attentive to the story content and ongoing text, allowing them to better detect these salient text discrepancies.?

This could be worth a try the next time you feel your mind begin to wander. And breathe…