The Project

The Project

October 15, 2015
Ten  |  October 15, 2015
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With guests Sam Frost and Al Murray, plus guest hosts Lehmo and Meshel Laurie, and stories on today's anti-terror summit, the coal seam gas mining tragedy, super juicer 'outrage, the radio station for kids and the guy doing a marathon backwards.

With guests Sam Frost and Al Murray, plus guest hosts Lehmo and Meshel Laurie, and stories on today's anti-terror summit, the coal seam gas mining tragedy, super juicer 'outrage, the radio station for kids and the guy doing a marathon backwards.

If you’ve ever wondered about how long (or short) your attention span is, or perhaps even worried that there’s something seriously wrong with your ability to pay attention – you’re not alone. 

Insight guest Leanne became concerned about her attention span when she caught up with an old friend over lunch, but couldn’t stop checking her phone and thinking about what else she could be doing – like scrolling through her Facebook. 

At home, she says she gets distracted by something as trivial as a bad smell, or the noise of someone mowing the lawn. It can take her off task and take up her attention for the entire day.

This week on Insight, Leanne’s attention is tested and the findings surprise her.

And guest host Janice Petersen asks the “5 billion dollar question,” as neuroscientist, Associate Professor Paul Dux puts it – can we train, and even increase our attention spans? And how do you do it?

When the stakes are as high as a plane full of people, or a life on the operating table – how can that affect your ability to hold attention, and what can happen if you don’t? 

“The worst case is that two aircraft collide and a catastrophic failure in the system occurs,” air traffic controller Tom McRobert says.

For neurosurgeon Nazih Asaad, the consequences can also be fatal and with the trust of the patient in his hands, the potential risks of the surgery can weigh on him in the lead up to the operation.

AFL player for the GWS Giants Heath Shaw was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a teenager. He says some of the behaviours have followed him into adulthood and on the field.

Insight asks – what is attention, and how can it impact your life? How do you know if your attention span is normal? And what makes some people better at paying attention than others?

Insight: Attention

News and current affairs, Intercultural understanding

Years 9-10, 11-12 News and current affairs, Intercultural understanding
53:43
If you’ve ever wondered about how long (or short) your attention span is, or perhaps even worried that there’s something seriously wrong with your ability to pay attention – you’re not alone. Insight guest Leanne became concerned about her attention span when she caught up with an old friend over lunch, but couldn’t stop checking her phone and thinking about what else she could be doing – like scrolling through her Facebook. At home, she says she gets distracted by something as trivial as a bad smell, or the noise of someone mowing the lawn. It can take her off task and take up her attention for the entire day. This week on Insight, Leanne’s attention is tested and the findings surprise her. And guest host Janice Petersen asks the “5 billion dollar question,” as neuroscientist, Associate Professor Paul Dux puts it – can we train, and even increase our attention spans? And how do you do it? When the stakes are as high as a plane full of people, or a life on the operating table – how can that affect your ability to hold attention, and what can happen if you don’t? “The worst case is that two aircraft collide and a catastrophic failure in the system occurs,” air traffic controller Tom McRobert says. For neurosurgeon Nazih Asaad, the consequences can also be fatal and with the trust of the patient in his hands, the potential risks of the surgery can weigh on him in the lead up to the operation. AFL player for the GWS Giants Heath Shaw was diagnosed with ADHD when he was a teenager. He says some of the behaviours have followed him into adulthood and on the field. Insight asks – what is attention, and how can it impact your life? How do you know if your attention span is normal? And what makes some people better at paying attention than others?
Malcolm Turnbull 
Laura Tingle discusses the latest from Canberra, including electricity prices and the possibility of the government funding a new coal-fired power station.
Croatia 
Millions of fans will watch the World Cup decider this weekend - a David and Goliath contest between a football powerhouse and a tiny country that's never made the final before. After beating England, Croatia will take on the tournament favourites France in the final.
Mortgage Choice 
One of Australia's biggest publicly listed brokers, Mortgage Choice, has an overhaul of its remuneration model. It says it will now pay franchisees more and reduce the volatility of their income. It comes after complaints from franchisees, who said Mortgage Choice's business model was leaving some brokers in financial ruin.
Trump set to meet NATO leaders as part of European visit
US President starts the beginning of what promises to be stormy week-long visit to Europe with a NATO meeting in Belgium. Rachael Rizzo of the Centre for a New American Security discusses what may happen.
Miss America beauty pageant 
For the first time in nearly 100 years, when young women vying for the title of Miss America appear on stage in Atlantic City this September it won't be in swimsuits. In the #MeToo era, the historic pageant is promising Miss America 2.0 will focus on contestants talents, intelligence and ideas - not their outward appearance. But not everyone is happy to say bye-bye to the bikinis.

7.30: Malcolm Turnbull/Croatia/Mortgage Choice/Trump Meets NATO Leaders/Miss America Beauty Pageant

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
30:36
Malcolm Turnbull Laura Tingle discusses the latest from Canberra, including electricity prices and the possibility of the government funding a new coal-fired power station. Croatia Millions of fans will watch the World Cup decider this weekend - a David and Goliath contest between a football powerhouse and a tiny country that's never made the final before. After beating England, Croatia will take on the tournament favourites France in the final. Mortgage Choice One of Australia's biggest publicly listed brokers, Mortgage Choice, has an overhaul of its remuneration model. It says it will now pay franchisees more and reduce the volatility of their income. It comes after complaints from franchisees, who said Mortgage Choice's business model was leaving some brokers in financial ruin. Trump set to meet NATO leaders as part of European visit US President starts the beginning of what promises to be stormy week-long visit to Europe with a NATO meeting in Belgium. Rachael Rizzo of the Centre for a New American Security discusses what may happen. Miss America beauty pageant For the first time in nearly 100 years, when young women vying for the title of Miss America appear on stage in Atlantic City this September it won't be in swimsuits. In the #MeToo era, the historic pageant is promising Miss America 2.0 will focus on contestants talents, intelligence and ideas - not their outward appearance. But not everyone is happy to say bye-bye to the bikinis.
Fortnite Phenomenon 
If you have kids, chances are they're among the 125 million people playing the popular video game Fortnite. And it's driving some parents and teachers crazy. They are flocking to professional help to pry their kids away but for others the game is just like any other hobby - it's all about balance.
Bernard Collaery
Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know.
Rod Sims 
Australia's competition watchdog has laid out a sweeping plan to bring those bills down and says it could save households up to $400 a year. Rod Sims outlines what the ACCC has in mind.
Rural Mental Health
A western Victorian farmer has come up with a bald plan to give his industry national exposure. He's convincing an increasing number of his colleagues to take their kit off. It's part of a cheeky new campaign called "The Naked Farmer", which aims to raise awareness of - and funding for - mental health.
Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
Last month 7.30 aired a story about the extraordinary lengths the Department of Veterans' Affairs went to, to thwart a compensation claim: secretly changing its own policy in order to stop a claim by a former elite paratrooper who had badly injured his back. We've now learnt the head of the Veterans' Affairs department has requested a meeting with Mr Rollins in order to issue a personal apology. The ministers for Defence and Veterans Affairs have also ordered a departmental review into the matter.

7.30: Fortnite Phenomenon/ Bernard Collaery/Rod Sims/Rural Mental Health/Dept. of Veteran Affairs

News and current affairs

Years 11-12 News and current affairs
31:31
Fortnite Phenomenon If you have kids, chances are they're among the 125 million people playing the popular video game Fortnite. And it's driving some parents and teachers crazy. They are flocking to professional help to pry their kids away but for others the game is just like any other hobby - it's all about balance. Bernard Collaery Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know. Rod Sims Australia's competition watchdog has laid out a sweeping plan to bring those bills down and says it could save households up to $400 a year. Rod Sims outlines what the ACCC has in mind. Rural Mental Health A western Victorian farmer has come up with a bald plan to give his industry national exposure. He's convincing an increasing number of his colleagues to take their kit off. It's part of a cheeky new campaign called "The Naked Farmer", which aims to raise awareness of - and funding for - mental health. Dept. of Veterans' Affairs Last month 7.30 aired a story about the extraordinary lengths the Department of Veterans' Affairs went to, to thwart a compensation claim: secretly changing its own policy in order to stop a claim by a former elite paratrooper who had badly injured his back. We've now learnt the head of the Veterans' Affairs department has requested a meeting with Mr Rollins in order to issue a personal apology. The ministers for Defence and Veterans Affairs have also ordered a departmental review into the matter.
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