Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How to Think

Lot of good stuff in here — my fave is “Latticework of mental models”.

How to Think

Shane Parrish @farnamstreet | June 1, 2015 | Time

IQ tests don’t matter as much as we think they do Continue reading

June 1, 2015 Posted by | brain, decision making, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment

Increase Your Intelligence

Wonderful article on how to maximize your cognitive potential from Scientific American:

You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

By Andrea Kuszewski | Monday, March 7, 2011

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March 16, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, education | , , | Leave a comment

How Snoozing Makes You Smarter

Key points in this article: sleeping allows us to learn. It cements our memories, but also culls them, keeping the ones that are emotionally related. Our brains also solve problems/discover patterns while we sleep. We need about 6 hours of continuous sleep to achieve this, both slow-wave and REM.

Scientific American Mind – August 7, 2008

How Snoozing Makes You Smarter

During slumber, our brain engages in data analysis, from strengthening memories to solving problems

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July 31, 2008 Posted by | brain | , , , , | 1 Comment

Practical advice on how to remember better

More on better memory from the same issue of Wired — some practical advice (excerpts only):


Get Smarter: 12 Hacks That Will Amp Up Your Brainpower

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May 1, 2008 Posted by | brain | , | Leave a comment

How to remember better

From Wired magazine:

The Memory Master: Want to Remember Everything You’ll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm

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May 1, 2008 Posted by | brain | , , | 4 Comments

Games improve mental performance

I’d better start playing those memory games.

Do games improve mental performance?

Memory workouts shown to sharpen abstract reasoning skills.
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April 29, 2008 Posted by | brain | , , , , | 5 Comments