Jeremy was a bright student who worked hard and succeeded
academically. He was bored easily, but he loved to learn and had done
exceptionally well at a prestigious university. As a result, Jeremy
attained his dream of being accepted to med school.
He expected that
medical studies would be an extension of the smorgasbord of intellectual
challenges he had experienced in college. But Jeremy was soon
The memorization of more or less unimportant facts made
Jeremy and his brain feel half asleep. He resorted to simultaneously
listening to both the television and the radio to remain awake enough
and have sufficient attention to commit to memory what he needed for his
That Jeremy’s brain began to fall asleep when confronted with
uninteresting information was an important sign that Jeremy had
attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Your Brain’s Role in Boredom
Despite the endless controversy, ADHD
is a legitimate brain disorder that results in problems with low
stimulation and boredom.
Because the prefrontal cortex or governing
system of the brain is impaired in ADHD, there is also often difficulty
with executive functions or common forms of self-regulation,
including focus, attention, concentration, goal-setting, planning,
organization, and impulse control. And, they have difficulty tolerating
boredom. In fact, many individuals with ADHD feel understimulated—even
bored—because the activity in the front of their brains is too low.
ADHD and Stimulation
Some individuals with ADHD
experience low prefrontal cortex activity and under stimulation to an
extreme degree. Activities that would make most of us tremble with
anxiety—such as motorcycle racing or skydiving—seem to calm these
individuals, probably because these exciting activities boost the low
activity in their PFC.
For example, a man I knew who was an airplane
wing walker required an extreme amount of stimulation was for him to
feel calm and comfortable.
Most of us would be paralyzed by anxiety walking on the wing of an
airplane mid-flight, but this man, who normally experienced boring
situations as remarkably intolerable, was optimally stimulated when
engaging in his hobby. He stopped being distracted and became simply
mindful, alert, and fully aware in the present moment. Why? Well, the
adrenaline pumped out by his adrenal glands boosted his typically very
low-functioning PFC, so he felt calm and focused walking on wings
instead of rattled by his normal state of intense boredom. To each his
own, for sure.
This is the important point I want to make:
Many people with ADHD
have difficulty tolerating boredom, and many seek out experiences in
which intensity or stimulation is high.
Sometimes the stimulation is
extreme. The wing walker overcame his intolerable boredom by walking on
the wings of an airplane in mid-flight. But the stimulation can also be
of a different order. Think of those who are “addicted” to their iPhones
and other mobile devices, because the constant pings alert them to new
information; novelty stimulates and relieves their boredom.
ADHD’s Interference With Everyday Tasks
Many individuals with ADHD who could barely spend ten minutes doing
boring activities such as paying bills or doing their taxes can easily
lose themselves for many consecutive hours playing exciting video games.
The constant change and feedback they receive by playing overcome their
The stimulation, novelty, and excitement get them to pay
attention. Without it, they are apathetic, fatigued, or spacey.
patients with ADHD even become bored in their relationship with a
romantic partner after several months; they break off the relationship,
not because it is a bad one, but because they need a new relationship, a
new person, someone fresh, novel.
At Amen Clinics, we understand the pain and frustration that ADHD can cause for families and adults. We
approach each individual with a sense of compassion and respect. Our
experienced clinical staff will take a full history of each patient
using The 4 Circles Approach before beginning treatment with SPECT
imaging or making other recommendations. Connect with us today by calling888-288-9834 to learn more – we are waiting to help you, or schedule a visit today!
Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking (Mindfulness Books Series Book 1)
by S.J. Scott (Goodreads Author), Barrie Davenport
Feel overwhelmed by your thoughts? Struggling with anxiety about your daily tasks? Or do you want to stop worrying about life?
The truth is...We all experience the occasional negative thought. But if you always feel overwhelmed, then you need to closely examine how these thoughts are negatively impacting your lifestyle.
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The Importance of Decluttering the Distractions That Cause Anxiety
A Simple Strategy to Discover What's Important to YOU
400 Words That Help Identify YOUR Values
The Benefit of Meditation and Focused Deep Breathing (and How to Do Both)
How to Create Goals That Connect to Your Passions
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Apparently, we haven't seen RoboBee's final form yet. Harvard researchers introduced the robot back in 2013 and developed a version that uses static to stick to walls in 2016.
Now, the scientists have created an upgraded robotic bee that can fly, dive into water and hop right back up into the air.
That's a lot tougher
than it sounds, since the tiny machine is only two centimeters tall and
is about one-fifteenth the weight of a penny.
For such a small robot,
swimming in water is like swimming in molasses and breaking through the
water's surface is akin to breaking through a brick wall.
To solve the issue, the researchers from Harvard Wyss Institute and
John A. Paulson School of Engineering designed new mechanisms that make
it possible for the RoboBee to transition seamlessly from water to air.
First, they had to figure out the right flapping speeds for its wings
in aerial and aquatic environments. By using a combination of
theoretical modeling and experimental data, they determined that 220 to
300 hertz is perfect for aerial travel, while 9 to 13 hertz is the
perfect speed in the water.
Once that was done, they had to
figure out how the machine can break surface tension to be able to get
out of the water.
They came up with a two-step system: First, the
machine collects water into a buoyancy chamber as it swims to the
An electrolytic plate inside the chamber converts the water
into oxyhydrogen, which provides enough extra buoyancy for the robot's
wings to pop out of the water. A sparker in the chamber then ignites the
combustible oxyhydrogen, turning it into fuel that gives RoboBee the
boost it needs to be able to get back into the air.
future, microrobots can be used for search missions, deployed to far-off
places for surveillance before sending in bigger machines to rescue
The RoboBee team hopes their work "investigating tradeoffs like
weight and surface tension can inspire future multi-functional
microrobots -- ones that can move on complex terrains and perform a
variety of tasks."
Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering uses biological design
principles to develop new engineering innovations that will transform
medicine and create a more sustainable world.
At the Wyss Institute, we leverage recent insights into how
Nature builds, controls and manufactures to develop new engineering
innovations - a new field of research we call Biologically Inspired Engineering.
emulating biological principles of self assembly, organization and
regulation, we are developing disruptive technology solutions for
healthcare, energy, architecture, robotics, and manufacturing, which are
translated into commercial products and therapies through formation of
new startups and corporate alliances.
Through our Innovation Funnel, we harness the creative freedom
of academia to generate a pipeline of new ideas and potential
breakthrough technologies; enable our staff with product development
experience to prototype, mature and de-risk these technologies; and
leverage our internal business development team, intellectual property
experts, and entrepreneurs-in-residence to drive commercialization,
through industrial partnerships, licensing agreements, and the creation of startups.
Addicted to Distraction: Psychological Consequences of the Modern Mass Media
The Media just grows and grows, and
progressively takes-over control of all the functionally useful social
systems from politics to religion, from education to the arts.Yet the
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