Mind Hacks

   
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Mind Hacks
By Tom Stafford, Matt Webb
 
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: November 2004
ISBN: 0-596-00779-5
Pages: 394
   


This exploration into the moment-by-moment works of the brain uses cognitive neuroscience to present experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception. Each "hack" examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, you'll learn more about how the brain is put together. If you want to find out what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key.


   
book cover
  
• Table of Contents
• Index
• Reviews
• Reader Reviews
• Errata
• Academic
• Paying Attention (or Not) to the Flickr Daily Zeitgeist
Mind Hacks
By Tom Stafford, Matt Webb
 
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: November 2004
ISBN: 0-596-00779-5
Pages: 394
   


   Copyright
   Dedication
   Preface
      Why Mind Hacks?
      How to Use This Book
      How This Book Is Organized
      Conventions Used in This Book
      Using Material from This Book
      How to Contact Us
      Got a Hack?
        Chapter 1.  Inside the Brain
      Section 1.1.  Hacks 1-12
      Hack 1.  Find Out How the Brain Works Without Looking Inside
      Hack 2.  Electroencephalogram: Getting the Big Picture with EEGs
      Hack 3.  Positron Emission Tomography: Measuring Activity Indirectly with PET
      Hack 4.  Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging: The State of the Art
      Hack 5.  Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain
      Hack 6.  Neuropsychology, the 10% Myth, and Why You Use All of Your Brain
      Hack 7.  Get Acquainted with the Central Nervous System
      Hack 8.  Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes
      Hack 9.  The Neuron
      Hack 10.  Detect the Effect of Cognitive Function on Cerebral Blood Flow
      Hack 11.  Why People Don't Work Like Elevator Buttons
      Hack 12.  Build Your Own Sensory Homunculus
        Chapter 2.  Seeing
      Section 2.1.  Hacks 13-33
      Hack 13.  Understand Visual Processing
      Hack 14.  See the Limits of Your Vision
      Hack 15.  To See, Act
      Hack 16.  Map Your Blind Spot
      Hack 17.  Glimpse the Gaps in Your Vision
      Hack 18.  When Time Stands Still
      Hack 19.  Release Eye Fixations for Faster Reactions
      Hack 20.  Fool Yourself into Seeing 3D
      Hack 21.  Objects Move, Lighting Shouldn't
      Hack 22.  Depth Matters
      Hack 23.  See How Brightness Differs from Luminance: The Checker Shadow Illusion
      Hack 24.  Create Illusionary Depth with Sunglasses
      Hack 25.  See Movement When All Is Still
      Hack 26.  Get Adjusted
      Hack 27.  Show Motion Without Anything Moving
      Hack 28.  Motion Extrapolation: The "Flash-Lag Effect"
      Hack 29.  Turn Gliding Blocks into Stepping Feet
      Hack 30.  Understand the Rotating Snakes Illusion
      Hack 31.  Minimize Imaginary Distances
      Hack 32.  Explore Your Defense Hardware
      Hack 33.  Neural Noise Isnt a Bug; Its a Feature
        Chapter 3.  Attention
      Section 3.1.  Hacks 34-43
      Hack 34.  Detail and the Limits of Attention
      Hack 35.  Count Faster with Subitizing
      Hack 36.  Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention
      Hack 37.  Grab Attention
      Hack 38.  Don't Look Back!
      Hack 39.  Avoid Holes in Attention
      Hack 40.  Blind to Change
      Hack 41.  Make Things Invisible Simply by Concentrating (on Something Else)
      Hack 42.  The Brain Punishes Features that Cry Wolf
      Hack 43.  Improve Visual Attention Through Video Games
        Chapter 4.  Hearing and Language
      Section 4.1.  Hacks 44-52
      Hack 44.  Detect Timing with Your Ears
      Hack 45.  Detect Sound Direction
      Hack 46.  Discover Pitch
      Hack 47.  Keep Your Balance
      Hack 48.  Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty
      Hack 49.  Speech Is Broadband Input to Your Head
      Hack 50.  Give Big-Sounding Words to Big Concepts
      Hack 51.  Stop Memory-Buffer Overrun While Reading
      Hack 52.  Robust Processing Using Parallelism
        Chapter 5.  Integrating
      Section 5.1.  Hacks 53-61
      Hack 53.  Put Timing Information into Sound and Location Information into Light
      Hack 54.  Don't Divide Attention Across Locations
      Hack 55.  Confuse Color Identification with Mixed Signals
      Hack 56.  Don't Go There
      Hack 57.  Combine Modalities to Increase Intensity
      Hack 58.  Watch Yourself to Feel More
      Hack 59.  Hear with Your Eyes: The McGurk Effect
      Hack 60.  Pay Attention to Thrown Voices
      Hack 61.  Talk to Yourself
        Chapter 6.  Moving
      Section 6.1.  Hacks 62-69
      Hack 62.  The Broken Escalator Phenomenon: When Autopilot Takes Over
      Hack 63.  Keep Hold of Yourself
      Hack 64.  Mold Your Body Schema
      Hack 65.  Why Can't You Tickle Yourself?
      Hack 66.  Trick Half Your Mind
      Hack 67.  Objects Ask to Be Used
      Hack 68.  Test Your Handedness
      Hack 69.  Use Your Right Brainand Your Left, Too
        Chapter 7.  Reasoning
      Section 7.1.  Hacks 70-74
      Hack 70.  Use Numbers Carefully
      Hack 71.  Think About Frequencies Rather than Probabilities
      Hack 72.  Detect Cheaters
      Hack 73.  Fool Others into Feeling Better
      Hack 74.  Maintain the Status Quo
        Chapter 8.  Togetherness
      Section 8.1.  Hacks 75-80
      Hack 75.  Grasp the Gestalt
      Hack 76.  To Be Noticed, Synchronize in Time
      Hack 77.  See a Person in Moving Lights
      Hack 78.  Make Things Come Alive
      Hack 79.  Make Events Understandable as Cause and Effect
      Hack 80.  Act Without Knowing It
        Chapter 9.  Remembering
      Section 9.1.  Hacks 81-92
      Hack 81.  Bring Stuff to the Front of Your Mind
      Hack 82.  Subliminal Messages Are Weak and Simple
      Hack 83.  Fake Familiarity
      Hack 84.  Keep Your Sources Straight (if You Can)
      Hack 85.  Create False Memories
      Hack 86.  Change Context to Build Robust Memories
      Hack 87.  Boost Memory Using Context
      Hack 88.  Think Yourself Strong
      Hack 89.  Navigate Your Way Through Memory
      Hack 90.  Have an Out-of-Body Experience
      Hack 91.  Enter the Twilight Zone: The Hypnagogic State
      Hack 92.  Make the Caffeine Habit Taste Good
        Chapter 10.  Other People
      Section 10.1.  Hacks 93-100
      Hack 93.  Understand What Makes Faces Special
      Hack 94.  Signal Emotion
      Hack 95.  Make Yourself Happy
      Hack 96.  Reminisce Hot and Cold
      Hack 97.  Look Where I'm Looking
      Hack 98.  Monkey See, Monkey Do
      Hack 99.  Spread a Bad Mood Around
      Hack 100.  You Are What You Think
   Colophon
   Index