Mind Performance Hacks Tips and Tools for Overclocking Your Brain

ISBN-10: 0596101538

ISBN-13: 9780596101534

Edition: 2006

Authors: Ron Hale-Evans

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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.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 332
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.232

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. His wife Marty is a better man than he is.

Credits
Preface
Memory
Remember 10 Things to Bring
Use the Number-Shape System
Make Lots of Little Journeys
Stash Things in Nooks and Crannies
Use the Major System
Use the Dominic System
Visit the Hotel Dominic
Dominate Your Memory
Memorize Numbers with Carroll's Couplets
Tune In to Your Memory
Consume Your Information in Chunks
Overcome the Tip-of-the-Tongue Effect
Information Processing
Catch Your Ideas
Write Faster
Speak Your Brain's Language
Map Your Mind
Build an Exoself
Pre-Delete Cruft
Creativity
Seed Your Mental Random-Number Generator
Force Your Connections
Contemplate Po
Scamper for Ideas
Deck Yourself Out
Constrain Yourself
Think Analogically
Enjoy Good, Clean Memetic Sex
Play Mind Music
Sound Your Brain with Onar
Keep a Dream Journal
Hold a Question in Mind
Adopt a Hero
Go Backward to Be More Inventive Going Forward
Spend More Time Thinking
Extend Your Idea Space with Word Spectra
Math
Put Down That Calculator
Make Friends with Numbers
Test for Divisibility
Calculate Mental Checksums
Turn Your Hands into an Abacus
Count to a Million on Your Fingers
Estimate Orders of Magnitude
Estimate Square Roots
Calculate Any Weekday
Decision Making
Foresee Important Problems
Predict the Length of a Lifetime
Find Dominant Strategies
Eliminate Dominated Strategies
Don't Overthink It
Roll the Dice
Communication
Put Your Words in the Blender
Learn an Artificial Language
Communicate in E-Prime
Learn Morse Code Like an Efficiency Expert
Harness Stage Fright
Ask Stupid Questions
Stop Memory-Buffer Overrun
Clarity
Learn Your Emotional ABCs
Avoid Cognitive Distortions
Use the Fourfold Breath
Meditate
Hypnotize Yourself
Talk to Yourself
Interview Yourself
Cultivate the Naive Mind
Employ Mental Momentum
Mental Fitness
Warm Up Your Brain
Play Board Games
Improve Visual Attention Through Video Games
Don't Neglect the Obvious: Sleep, Nutrition, and Exercise
Get a Good Night's Sleep
Navigate Around the Post-Lunch Dip
Overclock Your Brain
Learn the Facts About Cognitive Enhancers
Snap Yourself to Attention
Assemble Your Mental Toolbox
Index
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