The human mind and consciousness, and the potential of focused intention and expectation, are central to the plot of my self-help book, JOINING MIRACLES.
As it happened, when I was scanning (rather, "focusing my attention") on the science section of Britain's Guardian on-line, I came on the inaugural blog by Mo Costandi, addressing this very issue: his blog bears the intriguing name of "Neurophilosophy," and the article is "The illusion of attention."
Even if your time is short, at least check out the video imbedded there. Funny, in a way, but all too true. And once you've seen the video, you'll be sufficiently intrigued to find the time to read the whole article . . . and the articles to come.