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Introduction - Download - Tutorial - Details & Options - Donate Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the dual n-back brain training exercise. What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence? A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a memory task called dual n-back improves working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence. These findings are important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable. Those findings have since been replicated twice with strongly positive results, and two more times in smaller studies with weaker, but still positive, results.

Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game

Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game
Introduction to Social Influence, Persuasion, Compliance & Propaganda

Introduction to Social Influence, Persuasion, Compliance & Propaganda

This portion of the Working Psychology website offers a brief introduction to a big topic: social influence, the modern, scientific study of persuasion, compliance, propaganda, "brainwashing," and the ethics that surround these issues. Although these topics aren't always simple (it is, after all, science), I've done my best to make this introduction interesting. Since Aristotle recorded his principles of persuasion in Rhetoric, humans have attempted to define and refine the principles of successful influence.
With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy . Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions. In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. Afflicted: 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums “Open” for Exploration

Afflicted: 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums “Open” for Exploration

how to use binaural beats for brainwave entrainment

how to use binaural beats for brainwave entrainment Squareeater uses a combination of binaural audio and stroboscopic visual effects in an attempt to achieve brainwave entrainment in the user. The ideal result is to change the user's brainwaves to a specific frequency associated with a specific mental state. In general, lower EEG frequencies correspond to relaxation and sleep while higher frequencies are for alertness or anxiousness. Tips on using: 1.

Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style

Bizarre Websites On Which You Can Kill Time With Style Advertisement Modern Web-building technologies allow designers to realize their most daring and creative ideas. Enhanced interactivity and a remarkable visual appearance can be achieved by means of such tools as Flash, JavaScript and Papervision3D, to name just a few. These strengths usually impress and entertain visitors and thus are often used for conceptual artistic presentations and promotional campaigns. In this post, you’ll find a collection of amusing websites that, by combining unconventional (and sometimes bizarre) ideas and clever JavaScript and Flash effects, will entice you to play on them for an embarrassing long time.
100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists

100 Incredible Lectures from the World's Top Scientists

Posted on Thursday June 18, 2009 by Staff Writers By Sarah Russel Unless you’re enrolled at one of the best online colleges or are an elite member of the science and engineering inner circle, you’re probably left out of most of the exciting research explored by the world’s greatest scientists. But thanks to the Internet and the generosity of many universities and online colleges, you’ve now got access to the cutting edge theories and projects that are changing the world in this list below. If you’re looking for even more amazing lectures, check out our updated list for 2012 with more talks from great minds. General

25 Handmade Gifts Under $5

If your gift list is long and your budget is small here are some great Handmade Gifts that you can make. Keep in mind that handmade items are not just beautiful but special… 25 Handmade Gifts Under $5
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Seven Speaking Tips That Beat “Pretend Your Audience Is Naked"

Seven Speaking Tips That Beat “Pretend Your Audience Is Naked"

Aggh. Everyone showed up clothed! Once upon a time, I suffered from glossophobia. This affliction touches billions. It's the fear of public speaking , even to a tiny group. I conquered it by discovering what makes people smile, nod, and listen carefully, because nothing calms you down faster than an interested audience.
This is the latest in a vague, meandering odyssey through Haruki Murakami's books that I've been making over the last few years, and I'd estimate I'm now about halfway through. I picked it up in Waterstones the other day as I fancied something new to read and I'm totally attracted to slim volumes at the moment after my epic Dickens tomes, the complete reading of which has turned into a total non-starter, not that I'm too sorry about that. 'South of the Border, West of the Sun' is the story of Hajime, the narrator and central character, who we follow from early adolescence to his mid-thirties in Tokyo, where he goes from awkward schoolboy to lonely twenty-something to a married, jazz bar-owning early middle-aged man. The story starts with his quiet friendship with a similarly lonely girl called Shimamoto, with whom he plays records after school and feels his first confusing feelings of teenage lust. Tolstoy is my Cat: Review: 'South of the Border, West of the Sun' by Haruki Murakami Tolstoy is my Cat: Review: 'South of the Border, West of the Sun' by Haruki Murakami
Violence puts wear and tear on kids’ DNA Violence puts wear and tear on kids’ DNA Children who have experienced violence might really be older than their years. The DNA of 10-year-olds who experienced violence in their young lives has been found to show wear and tear normally associated with aging, a Duke University study has found. “This is the first time it has been shown that our telomeres can shorten at a faster rate even at a really young age, while kids are still experiencing stress,” said Idan Shalev, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology and neuroscience at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. Telomeres are special DNA sequences found at the tips of chromosomes; much like the plastic tips of shoelaces, they prevent DNA from unraveling. Emerging evidence suggests that telomeres are “master integrators,” connecting stress to biological age and associated diseases.

Philosophy for Beginners - Download free content from Oxford University on iTunes

Description Philosophy has been studied for thousands of years. It involves the use of reason and argument to search for the truth about reality - about the nature of things, ethics, aesthetics, language, the mind, God and everything else. This series of five introductory lectures, aimed at students new to philosophy, presented by Marianne Talbot, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford, will test you on some famous thought experiments and introduce you to some central philosophical issues and to the thoughts of some key philosophers.
The following is edited and adapted from It is intended to supplement personal understanding and enhance critical self-examination of yourself as a communicator. Styles of Thinking

thinking styles