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Mind Hacks: Tips & Tricks for Using Your Brain par [Stafford, Tom, Matt Webb]
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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.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Neuroscience in a nutshell 12 mai 2008
Par William Kerney - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book isn't about "hacking your brain" at all. What it really is is an overview of neuroscience, presented as 100 different topics which talk about how the brain works. Ever wonder how our brain figures out which direction sound comes from? Or how we pick out patterns in chaos? Or how we construct our vision of the world? Not only does it explain it in a very accessible fashion, but it gives hyperlinks to things online which have mp3s or jpegs which help demonstrate the point so that you can verify for yourself that it's how it works.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 very good 27 mars 2013
Par lithuanian clown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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it is a delightful book, zesty fun informative. I haven't finished due to ...life. but more than halfway through and as a cognitive sort i have found this information useful, not profound or deep, but does lead one to think outside the box by being eclectic enough stray from beaten paths but not with enough wizadry to roam chaotically about pointing attention to itself. The book provides a rich trove of neuroscience info packaged with whim and slyness. It also lacks the dogmatic sententious nose-kite attitudes of some authors.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great! 14 décembre 2012
Par Gerhart Hauptman-diaz - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is very detailed and very insightful, it can become dry at times, but that's because it has so much information that is needed to understand such a great topic.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Some useful games 5 février 2013
Par zfinch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I got this to use for some fun "games" for a college course. It takes some sorting through but it was useful.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lots of Food(Hacks) for Thought! 29 mars 2005
Par W. Watson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm only 2/3 of the way through the book but thought it would be worth posting a review before completing it for one reason. The reason is that all the many links found in the book do not need to be entered in by hand. The authors recently put the complete list of links on their web page. This makes it a lot more enticing to go off and explore illusions and support information.

I liked the idea of the book, and when I started reading it, it seemed somewhat unengaging. Somewhere after the first 10 hacks or so that changed. I guess I started developing a feel for what it was all about. It's sort of textbook-ish, but nevertheless very interesting. Sort of like a lab manual and you are the lab.

I think other reviewers have given a pretty fair idea of what it's about, so I'll only make a few comments.

I think it's worthwhile reading their comments sprinkled among the references. There's some very good info there and suggestions about further reading.

A real show stopper item is how we use the external world as a database to help us see. That's a real twist. See the J. Kevin O'Regan web article, Hack #40. That reminds me. Some of the illusions on the web, particularly those on change blindness, are a little tricky. A good illustration is in this article. There's a section (single line actually) called "slow motion". You probably won't notice what happens in the animation until it stops, and you try to restart. Suddenly it jumps out at you. My point is that sometimes you have to fidget awhile with the computer. This is not a fault of the book.

Another show stopper (to me at least) is the experiment discussed in the chapter on integration, Hack #61. It appears that language is necessary to integrate information from our senses. In this case, geometry and color.

As of this writing, it's unfortunate the publisher hasn't yet put some of the book online. There are a few items I would like to search for that I did not highlight and cannot find in the index. The index is, however, quite good.

Another good current read on the mind is "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell.

P.S. I'm looking for the story about the pilots.
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