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Preview — Mind Hacks by Tom Stafford. Matt Webb. The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious. Cognitive neuroscience is one The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it.
Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen. Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain.
Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works. Each hack examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, we pick up clues about the architecture and design of the brain, learning a little bit more about how the brain is put together.
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First, where I come from we separate data from information. The first is just points without context, the second is useful and actionaable. I found most of the book to be more resembling data than information. Second, I wasn't finding anything new among the topics addressed. They are topics I am very interested in so adding nothing new or interesting to the discussion is a letdown. Maybe if I had read this book closer to when it came out that would not have been the case. I don't get what it is supposed to offer and I did find it annoying and distracting. For instance, I'm reading along and there is an interesting topic being discussed.
Well, I just read that and, silly me, I thought there was something more to be had in reference to the interesting part. Jumping me backwards only made me have to flip back to where I was to continue onward disgruntledly. Apr 10, Bob Dutch rated it it was ok. It's pretty much the same thing as its predecessor, Mind Performance Hacks, except with more theory and fewer practical hacks.
Dec 22, Ushan rated it liked it. The publisher that brought out Excel Hacks and Linux Desktop Hacks made a foray into popular neurobiology and cognitive science. Humans find it a breeze to recognize faces, sometimes even seeing faces where there are none - a man's face in a Martian mountain, the devil's face in the smoke of collapsing WTC towers, Jesus' face on a burnt toast. There seems to be a brain region dedicated to this, though when brains of experts on cars and birds are imaged, this region lights up when they look at th The publisher that brought out Excel Hacks and Linux Desktop Hacks made a foray into popular neurobiology and cognitive science.
There seems to be a brain region dedicated to this, though when brains of experts on cars and birds are imaged, this region lights up when they look at the subjects of their expertise. Applying magnetic fields to the brain, it is possible to influence, which finger a person will move, even though the person will insist that he chose this finger of his own free will.
When a person looks at something, his eyes keep moving back and forth, but during the eye movements, information from the eyes is suppressed from conscious vision.
Memory is reconstruction; through suggestion, it is possible to make a person believe that he remembers something even though he really doesn't. When people recall scenes from their lives, they often imagine them from a third-person perspective; it is possible that the act of recall involves a brain region that, when electrically stimulated during brain surgery, produces an out-of-body experience. Memory is a giant web of interrelation; in order to recall something, one should try to recall its context. I don't know, what produced this false memory.
And this phrase is actually wrong: the eye, working together with the hand and the brain itself, can build an MRI machine and look at the living brain. And of course two brains wrote this book and one wrote this review. May 21, Adam rated it really liked it Shelves: science. This is the book that basically convinced me I wanted to become a neuroscientist.
Not so much the actual content of the book, which is interesting, but not mind blowing; but the realization that of all books I had heard about recently, this was the one that I really wanted. The fact that it is an O'Reilly book, written in the familiar computer hacks style, only sealed the deal. The perfect mashup for my interests. Feb 11, Ian Lindstrom rated it it was amazing Shelves: science , non-fiction.
Like one of those camping or survival books, but for your mind.
It has lots of great info on different techniques, habits, and resources that help you to live a more effective life. Everything from making tough decisions, managing emotions, concentration, mental math, social situations, health, etc. This is not one of those hokey think-it-and-you-will-have-it books ahem, The Secret , nor is it motivational.
It focuses on the science behind our habits, how they work and how you can change them. A great resource. Jan 07, Dylan rated it liked it. This book has a lot of very cool and interesting tips and facts about our brain capabilities! For example people live 80 milliseconds in the past because of the amount of time it takes to process things.
Also when people read they only read the first and last lteters of a word, did you notice that I spelled letters wrong?
Good insights but at it's heart mostly a set of disconnected essays on the science of the brain and mind. Apr 10, Bob Dutch rated it it was ok. How To : Want to Appear Smarter? Search inside document. The Foreshadowing by Marcus Sedgwick Paperback,
View 1 comment. Jul 13, Alan added it Shelves: epub. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. May 19, Daniel Cornwall rated it liked it. Good insights but at it's heart mostly a set of disconnected essays on the science of the brain and mind. Well researched, many "try it yourself" examples and a good index.
But more a reference text or bathroom reader than something that draws you to read cover to cover. The most surprising "hack" to me was the next to last one in the book "Spread a bad mood around. The examples seemed to bear this out and I should probably try and run down some of the papers.
If you've heard of the "Velten Mood induction procedure", I'd love to hear from you. On the one hand it seems plausible. On the other, if it's so great I'm surprised that more people aren't using it since it's been around since If you're curious about vision, hearing, how we move or where our moods come from, this book may be for you. Objectively speaking, the book is written in a popular manner but full of further more scientific references for those that want to know more.