TESTING OF OUR CAPACITY TO DIRECT ATTENTION:
Restoring and managing a mental resource needed
for environmentally resilient living.
Energy supplies are tightening. Persistent pollutants are accumulating. Food security is declining. There is no going back to the days of reckless consumption, but there is a possibility — already being realized in communities across North America and around the world — of localizing, of .
The , and the related book , anticipate a dramatic drop in natural resource and net energy availability, likely by mid-century. One implication of this historic change is the need for each one of us to become behavioral entrepreneurs. We must learn to cope with what may be dramatic, and at times unnerving, behavior change. We must plan for, motivate and maintain place-based environmental stewardship. And we must pre-familiarize ourselves with living within the limits of local ecosystems. See (Resilience.org, 27 March 2012).
To transition well to this new biophysical reality requires a mental state called vitality. Unfortunately, this mental resource easily fatigues and at times seems to be in short supply. One goal of the research outlined here is to help restore and maintain mental vitality so that we can transition, in a civil manner, to durable living.
Mental vitality is, at its core, the capacity to voluntarily direct our attention. Below are a few online tasks for measuring this capacity. They were developed or adapted by the Environmental Psychology Lab (EPLab) at the University of Michigan. These are demonstrations only. Actual research tests are run on a separate EPLab server and include these and other tests. The tests shown below are those for which practice has minimal or no effect on the test outcome.
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Part of ongoing research on the process ofaimed at: (a) helping to plan for, motivate and maintain environmental stewardship and (b) pre-familiarizing ourselves with living well within the limits of local ecosystems.
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EPLab OnLine Measures (EPLab OLM)