The Art and Science of Attention

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Iowa City Public Library
123 S. Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52240

NOTICE: This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule soon. Please check back.

We are living in an age of distractibility. Understanding how our brains attend and focus, as well as what we can do to cultivate attention, is necessary for our effectiveness and happiness. Join us for this free, public Obermann Conversation featuring the following speakers:

Shaun Vecera's (Psychological and Brain Sciences) overarching work attempts to understand the basic yet complex mechanisms of attention and perception. An example of his lab’s research pertains to situations in which we are distracted by items that are completely irrelevant to our ongoing behavior.

Fannie Hungerford is a yoga teacher and longtime meditator who helps UI students and others to better understand their own mental processes and learn tools to help befriend and control them.

Raud Kashef is a committed Iowa climber (a seemingly paradoxical identity!) who knows firsthand the need to be able to turn on and maintain absolute concentration.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at or (319) 335-4034.