Mind Performance Hacks

Mind Performance Hacks

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By (author) Ron Hale-Evans

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  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
  • Format: Paperback | 332 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Sebastopol
  • ISBN 10: 0596101538
  • ISBN 13: 9780596101534
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 97,407

Product description

You're smart. This book can make you smarter. Mind Performance Hacks provides real-life tips and tools for overclocking your brain and becoming a better thinker. In the increasingly frenetic pace of today's information economy, managing your life requires hacking your brain. With this book, you'll cut through the clutter and tune up your brain intentionally, safely, and productively. Grounded in current research and theory, but offering practical solutions you can apply immediately, Mind Performance Hacks is filled with life hacks that teach you to: * Use mnemonic tricks to remember numbers, names, dates, and other flotsam you need to recall * Put down your calculator and perform complex math in your head, with your fingers, or on the back of a napkin * Spark your creativity with innovative brainstorming methods * Use effective systems to capture new ideas before they get away * Communicate in creative new ways-even using artificial languages * Make better decisions by foreseeing problems and finding surprising solutions * Improve your mental fitness with cool tricks and games While the hugely successful Mind Hacks showed you how your brain works, Mind Performance Hacks shows you how to make it work better.

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Author information

Ron Hale-Evans is a writer and game designer who earns his daily sandwich with frequent gigs as a technical writer. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale, with a minor in philosophy. Thinking a lot about thinking led him to create the Mentat Wiki at http://www.ludism.org/mentat, which led to this book. His multifarious and nefarious other projects can be accessed from his home page, http://ron.ludism.org, including his award-winning board games, a list of his Short-Duration Personal Saviours, and his blog.

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"Mind Performance Hacks" is an entertaining and rewarding read for anyone interested in improving the way they use their brain. Many of the hacks are really a framework upon which to build your own systems... The techniques are inspiring and practical." Gavin Inglis, news@UK, June 2006

Table of contents

Credits Preface Chapter 1. Memory 1. Remember 10 Things to Bring 2. Use the Number-Shape System 3. Make Lots of Little Journeys 4. Stash Things in Nooks and Crannies 5. Use the Major System 6. Use the Dominic System 7. Visit the Hotel Dominic 8. Dominate Your Memory 9. Memorize Numbers with Carroll's Couplets 10. Tune In to Your Memory 11. Consume Your Information in Chunks 12. Overcome the Tip-of-the-Tongue Effect Chapter 2. Information Processing 13. Catch Your Ideas 14. Write Faster 15. Speak Your Brain's Language 16. Map Your Mind 17. Build an Exoself 18. Pre-Delete Cruft Chapter 3. Creativity 19. Seed Your Mental Random-Number Generator 20. Force Your Connections 21. Contemplate Po 22. Scamper for Ideas 23. Deck Yourself Out 24. Constrain Yourself 25. Think Analogically 26. Enjoy Good, Clean Memetic Sex 27. Play Mind Music 28. Sound Your Brain with Onar 29. Keep a Dream Journal 30. Hold a Question in Mind 31. Adopt a Hero 32. Go Backward to Be More Inventive Going Forward 33. Spend More Time Thinking 34. Extend Your Idea Space with Word Spectra Chapter 4. Math 35. Put Down That Calculator 36. Make Friends with Numbers 37. Test for Divisibility 38. Calculate Mental Checksums 39. Turn Your Hands into an Abacus 40. Count to a Million on Your Fingers 41. Estimate Orders of Magnitude 42. Estimate Square Roots 43. Calculate Any Weekday Chapter 5. Decision Making 44. Foresee Important Problems 45. Predict the Length of a Lifetime 46. Find Dominant Strategies 47. Eliminate Dominated Strategies 48. Don't Overthink It 49. Roll the Dice Chapter 6. Communication 50. Put Your Words in the Blender 51. Learn an Artificial Language 52. Communicate in E-Prime 53. Learn Morse Code Like an Efficiency Expert 54. Harness Stage Fright 55. Ask Stupid Questions 56. Stop Memory-Buffer Overrun Chapter 7. Clarity 57. Learn Your Emotional ABCs 58. Avoid Cognitive Distortions 59. Use the Fourfold Breath 60. Meditate 61. Hypnotize Yourself 62. Talk to Yourself 63. Interview Yourself 64. Cultivate the Naive Mind 65. Employ Mental Momentum Chapter 8. Mental Fitness 66. Warm Up Your Brain 67. Play Board Games 68. Improve Visual Attention Through Video Games 69. Don't Neglect the Obvious: Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise 70. Get a Good Night's Sleep 71. Navigate Around the Post-Lunch Dip 72. Overclock Your Brain 73. Learn the Facts About Cognitive Enhancers 74. Snap Yourself to Attention 75. Assemble Your Mental Toolbox Index