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Mind Performance Hacks



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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.

"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

Creditsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Memoryp. 1
Remember 10 Things to Bringp. 1
Use the Number-Shape Systemp. 4
Make Lots of Little Journeysp. 7
Stash Things in Nooks and Cranniesp. 10
Use the Major Systemp. 14
Use the Dominic Systemp. 18
Visit the Hotel Dominicp. 22
Dominate Your Memoryp. 25
Memorize Numbers with Carroll's Coupletsp. 29
Tune In to Your Memoryp. 33
Consume Your Information in Chunksp. 37
Overcome the Tip-of-the-Tongue Effectp. 39
Information Processingp. 43
Catch Your Ideasp. 43
Write Fasterp. 46
Speak Your Brain's Languagep. 54
Map Your Mindp. 59
Build an Exoselfp. 63
Pre-Delete Cruftp. 67
Creativityp. 71
Seed Your Mental Random-Number Generatorp. 71
Force Your Connectionsp. 73
Contemplate Pop. 81
Scamper for Ideasp. 83
Deck Yourself Outp. 86
Constrain Yourselfp. 92
Think Analogicallyp. 95
Enjoy Good, Clean Memetic Sexp. 100
Play Mind Musicp. 104
Sound Your Brain with Onarp. 107
Keep a Dream Journalp. 111
Hold a Question in Mindp. 112
Adopt a Herop. 115
Go Backward to Be More Inventive Going Forwardp. 119
Spend More Time Thinkingp. 121
Extend Your Idea Space with Word Spectrap. 124
Mathp. 127
Put Down That Calculatorp. 127
Make Friends with Numbersp. 133
Test for Divisibilityp. 137
Calculate Mental Checksumsp. 140
Turn Your Hands into an Abacusp. 144
Count to a Million on Your Fingersp. 150
Estimate Orders of Magnitudep. 157
Estimate Square Rootsp. 161
Calculate Any Weekdayp. 164
Decision Makingp. 169
Foresee Important Problemsp. 169
Predict the Length of a Lifetimep. 174
Find Dominant Strategiesp. 178
Eliminate Dominated Strategiesp. 183
Don't Overthink Itp. 186
Roll the Dicep. 189
Communicationp. 194
Put Your Words in the Blenderp. 194
Learn an Artificial Languagep. 198
Communicate in E-Primep. 204
Learn Morse Code Like an Efficiency Expertp. 207
Harness Stage Frightp. 211
Ask Stupid Questionsp. 217
Stop Memory-Buffer Overrunp. 220
Clarityp. 225
Learn Your Emotional ABCsp. 225
Avoid Cognitive Distortionsp. 230
Use the Fourfold Breathp. 233
Meditatep. 236
Hypnotize Yourselfp. 240
Talk to Yourselfp. 245
Interview Yourselfp. 248
Cultivate the Naive Mindp. 252
Employ Mental Momentump. 256
Mental Fitnessp. 259
Warm Up Your Brainp. 259
Play Board Gamesp. 261
Improve Visual Attention Through Video Gamesp. 269
Don't Neglect the Obvious: Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercisep. 272
Get a Good Night's Sleepp. 276
Navigate Around the Post-Lunch Dipp. 281
Overclock Your Brainp. 283
Learn the Facts About Cognitive Enhancersp. 286
Snap Yourself to Attentionp. 290
Assemble Your Mental Toolboxp. 293
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780596101534
ISBN-10: 0596101538
Series: Hacks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st February 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45