I'd mentioned in an earlier post that I'll be doing some sermons on why (and maybe a little bit of how, although I'm not sure how to go about that) adjusting the pace of our lives to include significant slowdown spaces matters.
Common sense suggests that we observe better when we pay attention, but a lot of modern "multi-tasking" practice works against that. Come now some studies that suggest common sense is closer to the mark. We are far more likely to be aware of something when we pay attention to it, and attention itself is a limited resource. We can't pay attention to very many things at once. This information should add some interesting dimension to the sermons, at least as background.
Whether or not I can get people to pay attention to the sermon, of course, is an entirely different question.