Listening and learning, walking and working – the ability to concentrate underlies all that and more. A $1.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to the UC Irvine Department of Cognitive Sciences and the University of Southern California’s Department of Psychology will fund research that could lead to a better understanding of human concentration and suggest ways to improve it. Barbara Dosher (pictured), UCI cognitive sciences professor and School of Social Sciences dean, leads a research team with collaborator Zhong-Lin Lu of USC that will study normal attention processes to gain insights into attention deficits in those who exhibit abnormalities.