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Mind Hacks

Tips & Tools for Using Your Brain (Hacks)

By Matt Webb,Tom Stafford

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| Paperback | 9780596007799

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The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intrica Continue

The brain is a fearsomely complex information-processing environment--one that often eludes our ability to understand it. At any given time, the brain is collecting, filtering, and analyzing information and, in response, performing countless intricate processes, some of which are automatic, some voluntary, some conscious, and some unconscious. Cognitive neuroscience is one of the ways we have to understand the workings of our minds. It's the study of the brain biology behind our mental functions: a collection of methods--like brain scanning and computational modeling--combined with a way of looking at psychological phenomena and discovering where, why, and how the brain makes them happen. Want to know more? Mind Hacks is a collection of probes into the moment-by-moment works of the brain. Using cognitive neuroscience, these experiments, tricks, and tips related to vision, motor skills, attention, cognition, subliminal perception, and more throw light on how the human brain works. Each hack examines specific operations of the brain. By seeing how the brain responds, we pick up clues about the architecture and design of the brain, learning a little bit more about how the brain is put together. Mind Hacks begins your exploration of the mind with a look inside the brain itself, using hacks such as "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Turn On and Off Bits of the Brain" and "Tour the Cortex and the Four Lobes." Also among the 100 hacks in this book, you'll find: Release Eye Fixations for Faster Reactions See Movement When All is Still Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention Detect Sounds on the Margins of Certainty Mold Your Body Schema Test Your Handedness See a Person in Moving Lights Make Events Understandable as Cause-and-Effect Boost Memory by Using Context Understand Detail and the Limits of Attention Steven Johnson, author of "Mind Wide Open" writes in his foreword to the book, "These hacks amaze because they reveal the brain's hidden logic; they shed light on the cheats and shortcuts and latent assumptions our brains make about the world." If you want to know more about what's going on in your head, then Mind Hacks is the key--let yourself play with the interface between you and the world.

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    Mind Hacks是逛順發看到的,作者試著用逆向工程的手法解析大腦如何運作,與一般坊間討論心智的書教條式地引經據典,有很大的不同.很特別的是,Mind Hacks是O'REILLY所出版,而這間出版社是以高度易讀性(以及昂貴)的資訊類叢書聞名.看過Mind Hacks讓我對O'REILLY產生了特殊的好感,對於譯者(莊惠淳)也開始小小的崇拜,流暢不失專業,的確是理工人少有的才情!

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    Tratta argomenti che girano intorno al conoscere meglio la propria mente: mi ero aspettato un manuale del tipo usare al meglio le proprie capacità mentali però mi ha insegnato un sacco di cose che ignoravo e quindi è stato molto utile

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    Valerio Crini said on Mar 16, 2009 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 394 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0596007795
  • ISBN-13: 9780596007799
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
  • Publish date: 2004-11-22
  • Dimensions: 129 mm x 967 mm x 1,418 mm
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書
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