Mind Hacks : Tips and Tricks for Using Your Brain, Paperback Book

Mind Hacks : Tips and Tricks for Using Your Brain Paperback

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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 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.

Mind Hacks begins your exploration of the mind with a look inside the brain itself, using hacks such as "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain" and "Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes." Also among the 100 hacks in this book, you'll find: * Release Eye Fixations for Faster Reactions * See Movement When All is Still * Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention * Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty * Mold Your Body Schema * Test Your Handedness * See a Person in Moving Lights * Make Events Understandable as Cause-and-Effect * Boost Memory by Using Context * Understand Detail and the Limits of Attention Steven Johnson, author of "Mind Wide Open" writes in his foreword to the book, "These hacks amaze because they reveal the brain's hidden logic; they shed light on the cheats and shortcuts and latent assumptions our brains make about the world."If you want to know more about what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key--let yourself play with the interface between you and the world.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 394 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Cognition & cognitive psychology
  • ISBN: 9780596007799



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A great collection of mind tricks and games. These demonstrate and lead to a better understanding of the mind.

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I guess I thought this would be more practical? You know, something like Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain. But it was more just a re-hashing of a lot of recent neuro/cognitive scientific studies, which I guess would be interesting for some people. Some people who aren't me or my friends.

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