This overview shows how Museum visitors scored. The vertical axis shows the score range. Lower scores show that people are better at ignoring distractions. Why did some people do better or worse? The graph shows the results of 150 Museum visitors.
Learn to ignore it
Part of learning to do something new is learning what needs your attention and what can be ignored. Some areas of your brain are involved in focusing your attention, and other areas are involved in responding to attention-grabbing information that may or may not be important. Basketball players learn to ignore fan distractions while making free throws, even though they can still see them clearly.
Trying not to get distracted
Once our brains are trained to separate important information from a particular distraction, we may still find it hard to ignore a new and different distraction. Our brains need new training to ignore the new information that is not important. How well you can pay attention and ignore distractions? Advertisements change to distract us and get our attention when we are driving. We can learn to filter out distractions when we drive so that we can focus on the traffic.