The next time you walk into a room and forget why you're there, blame a monkey.
That kind of distraction is a classic case of "monkey mind", according to Ramesh Manocha, a senior lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Sydney.
"The mind is understood, at least in the east, to have a monkey-like nature," said Dr Manocha, who has studied the effects of meditation on the brain.
"And that monkey mind is a thing that produces this constant background mental chatter.
"It's the thing that distracts you when you're doing a task, it's the thing that keeps you awake when your head's resting on the pillow and you can't understand why it won't shut up so you can go to sleep."
So what's the key to getting the monkey off your back and improving your concentration and focus? (MORE)
Source: Sydney Morning Hearld