Focus your attention and consciously control your habitual activities.
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Loss of dopamine in the midbrain affects movement speed.
Your habitual movements deteriorate without conscious control.
Conscious control strengthens different brain pathways.
Override your dysfunctional habitual movements by focusing your attention and
consciously controlling them.
Attentional endurance is the ability to concentrate:
When you learn something new.
If you perform a known task in a different manner.
Whenever you are doing something risky.
When you are trying to hear or see something that is not obvious to you.
It is difficult because:
We receive too much information for the brain to process.
We try to multi-task.
Stress is a big distraction.
Few of us are ever taught to concentrate.
Your long term safe movements are at risk.
Walking safely, breathing deeply, swallowing may all become more risky unless
you focus your attention on their safe execution.
D'Ostilio, K., Cremers, J., Delvaux, V., Sadzot, B., and Garraux, G. (2013).
Impaired automatic and unconscious motor processes in Parkinson's disease.