From Daniel Amen: A new 10-year study shows that just 6 weeks of brain training can significantly improve cognition in the areas of reasoning and speed-of-processing, plus improved ability to carry out everyday tasks—and that the benefits can last for 10 years or more.
By George A. Miller. "My problem is that I have been persecuted by an integer. For seven years this number has followed me around, has intruded in my most private data, and has assaulted me from the pages of our most public journals. This number assumes a variety of disguises, being sometimes a little larger and sometimes a little smaller than usual, but never changing so much as to be unrecognizable. The persistence with which this number plagues me is far more than a random accident. There is, to quote a famous senator, a design behind it, some pattern governing its appearances. Either there really is something unusual about the number or else I am suffering from delusions of persecution.
"I shall begin my case history by telling you about some experiments that tested how accurately people can assign numbers to the magnitudes of various aspects of a stimulus. In the traditional language of psychology these would be called experiments in absolute judgment. Historical accident, however, has decreed that they should have another name. We now call them experiments on the capacity of people to transmit information. Since these experiments would not have been done without the appearance of information theory on the psychological scene, and since the results are analyzed in terms of the concepts of information theory, I shall have to preface my discussion with a few remarks about this theory."
From strategy+business: The theory of intelligent memory suggests that companies relying on conventional creativity tools — such as brainstorming, where people are encouraged to turn off their analytical left brain and turn on their creative right brain to produce new ideas — are getting shortchanged.
From Amen Clinics: Do you get embarrassed when you can’t remember people’s names? Do things you should learn seem to go in one ear and out the other? Are you tired of having “senior moments?” These three tips can boost your memory.
graduated from Yale University and the University of California at San Francisco medical school, where he also completed his neurology residency. At age thirty-three, he was appointed chief of the Division of Neurology at Mt. Zion-UCSF Hospital, where he subsequently became Associate Chief of the Department of Neurosciences. His writings include the recent book On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not, three critically acclaimed novels and a neuroscience and culture column at Salon.com — Mind Reader. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
New research shows that memories are constantly being re-written by our minds.
From NY Times: Scientists have for the first time recorded individual brain cells in the act of summoning a spontaneous memory, revealing not only where a remembered experience is registered but also, in part, how the brain is able to recreate it.
From UTexas Learning Center: improve reading, note-taking, concentration and memory