Attention Mechanics (PSY 302)
Attention is the keystone of consciousness and the primary resource we must learn to “mindfully” manage in pursuit of greater awareness. This course will first look at the dynamics of the attention environment we find ourselves in, and the powerful “defaults” and assumptions we participate in as matters of habit. It will review, in the context of current science and the wisdom traditions, practical ways to disengage our attention from participation in habitual perspectives so that we may gather and focus attention in ways that make becoming an objective observer and manager of our own attention possible.
Course Sessions and Topics
This course is divided into ten, one-hour lectures.
Week 1 | Paying Attention
Week 2 | Attention and Intelligence
Week 3 | Attention and Choice
Week 4 | Properties of Attention
Week 5 | Transacting Attention
Week 6 | Splitting Attention
Week 7 | Spirituality and Attention Habits
Week 8 | Attention and Self Identity
Week 9 | The Attention Mechanics of Liberation, Part 1
Week 10 | The Attention Mechanics of Liberation, Part 2
Learning Outcomes for this Course
In this course students will become aware of their personal attention habits and will learn techniques that will allow them to more consciously manage and direct their focus of attention.
Outcome 1: Students will be able to recognize the emerging “attention economy” and describe its dynamics.
Outcome 2: Students will be able to recognize and describe the connection between their attention habits and their personal spirituality.
Outcome 3: Students will be able to explain the distinction between “focused meditations” and “mindfulness.”
Outcome 4: Students will be able to describe “flow” consciousness and be able to practice techniques for entering it.
Outcome 5: Students will be able to explain how to establish an objective “inner observer.”
Outcome 6: Students will be able to describe the distinctions between faith and belief, and explain the difference between relationships with spirits or archetypal forms as opposed to relationships with concepts and information.
Steven Maurice Droullard, M.A.
Consciousness Studies, University of Philosophical Research. Author of “The Power of Attention” a look into the operating principles of consciousness. Steven offers eye opening insights derived from over 30 years of meditative practice that illuminates practical steps toward expanded awareness.