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Poor Man's Polygraph Part 5 Poor Man's Polygraph Part 5 Parallel Lie People tend to tell the truth except when the truth prevents them from achieving a desired outcome. The Poor Man's Polygraph provides indicators of deception, not proof of deception. The Parallel Lie technique is the last part in the five part series presenting the Poor Man's Polygraph. INVESTIGATOR : Did you rob the bank? SUSPECT : No. INVESTIGATOR : Believe it or not people have lied to me in the past to get out of trouble. SUSPECT : Because there was no way I could have been at the bank that day because I was at a friend's house. INVESTIGATOR : I didn't ask you if you if you could have been at the bank that day. SUSPECT : You don't have to believe me. INVESTIGATOR : Well, I don't believe you. The failure to respond "Because I'm telling the truth or some derivation thereof increases the probability of deception. The Parallel Lie provides an additional indicator of veracity. SUSPECT : INVESTIGATOR : I knew you were lying to me. Example 1:

How to Win Friends and Influence People - StumbleUpon Six Ways To Make People Like You Become genuinely interested in other people.Smile. Remember that a man's name is to him the sweetest and most important sound in the English language. Twelve Ways Of Winning People To Your Way Of Thinking The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. Nine Ways To Change People Without Giving Offense Or Arousing Resentment Begin with praise and honest appreciation. Fourteen Rules For Making Your Home Life Easier Don't nag. Notes Criticism is futile because it puts a man on the defensive, and usually makes him strive to justify himself. When dealing with people, let us remember we are not dealing with creatures of logic. The deepest urge in human nature is the desire to be important. Almost Everybody Wants... Health and the preservation of life. “Every man is my superior in some way. You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Raised Rent

Should You Become an Expert? This is a question that I think few people consider seriously and yet I think in today’s world it is a very important question. I will celebrate (or mourn) my 50th birthday this year. I think I’ve lived about one half of my adult life and this question is something I have been thinking about. I will attempt an answer in this article. In today’s hyper-specialized world I think the “well-rounded” person person is disappearing. By default we are becoming specialists. To take one example, the medical general practitioner is becoming almost uselessly behind in every area; the field is so vast nobody can begin to hope to be much of a generalist and be of as much use as the internet. Of course there are exceptions but we are talking about relatively normal people – you and me. In times past many people out of necessity were multi-skilled in a variety of activities and if they couldn’t do it themselves it didn’t get done. And The Answer Is? I don’t know, but I’ll take a shot. The Alternative

Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience/Problem Solving from an Evolutionary Perspective - Wikibooks, open books for an open world - StumbleUpon Introduction[edit] Same place, different day. Knut is sitting at his desk again, staring at a blank paper in front of him, while nervously playing with a pen in his right hand. Just a few hours left to hand in his essay and he has not written a word. All of a sudden he smashes his fist on the table and cries out: "I need a plan!" That thing Knut is confronted with is something everyone of us encounters in his daily life. We begin our chapter by giving a short description of what psychologists regard as a problem. The most basic definition is “A problem is any given situation that differs from a desired goal”. Non-trivial, abstract problems can be divided into two groups: Well-defined Problems[edit] For many abstract problems it is possible to find an algorithmic solution. The problem has a clearly defined given state. Not surprisingly, a problem that fulfils these requirements can be implemented algorithmically (also see convergent thinking). Ill-defined Problems[edit] Insight[edit]

MNEMONIC TECHNIQUES AND SPECIFIC MEMORY Tricks to improve memory,memorization memorization memorize method memorizing creative memory techniquevirtual memory memory loss human memory& book& game& management&improvement photographic& long term memory - Stu Mnemonic techniques are more specific memory aids. Many are based on the general memory strategies that were presented earlier. Although it can be easiest to remember those things that you understand well, sometimes you must rely on rote memory. The following techniques can be used to facilitate such memorization. 1. Let us suppose that you have to memorize the names of four kinds of fossils for your geology class: 1) actual remains, 2) Petrified, 3) Imprint, and 4) Molds or casts. Although acronyms can be very useful memory aids, they do have some disadvantages. 2. My Dear Aunt Sally (mathematical order of operations: Multiply and Divide before you Add and Subtract) Kings Phil Came Over for the Genes Special (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Genus, Species) Can you think of other examples? 3. You can use the same techniques to better remember information from courses. Using these techniques can be fun, particularly for people who like to create. 4. 5. 6. Human Memory The Science

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating - StumbleUpon “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder. Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration In the above account, Mike’s obviously stuck in a routine that many of us may have found ourselves in, yet in the moment we feel it’s almost an impossible routine to get out of. When we constantly multitask to get things done, we’re not multitasking, we’re rapidly shifting our attention. Phase 1: Blood Rush Alert When Mike decides to start writing his History essay, blood rushes to his anterior prefrontal cortex. Phase 2: Find and Execute

The Multiple Self ( If you've spent any amount of time trying to "improve yourself" in any way, you've undoubtedly experienced some frustration, in that you discover your "self" isn't as much of a part of you as it would appear. It seems bizarre - "you" want "yourself" to do something (or refrain from it), but "yourself" goes ahead and does whatever it wants. Often, "you" may rationalize your behavior in context, only to be later exasperated by your lack of "willpower". If that is the case, I have some good news for you. It may sound a bit snake-oily at first, like I've got a product to sell or something to gain from convincing you of the idea. On the other hand, since I've come to understand the secret, I find that virtually every form of self-help (that has any competence at all) reflects at least some portion of this secret, and many of the teachings of Zen and other mystic traditions point to it as well. For that matter, you were not yourself yesterday, and you will not be tomorrow. That's right.

Creative Thinking Resources Here are some creative thinking resources, which I find useful or inspiring. I will be adding to this list, so you may want to bookmark it and return over the coming weeks. Creative Thinking Resources TED Talks: Hundreds of short video presentations, from people with ideas worth sharing. Psychology Today: The creative thinking section of this blog contains some interesting material. Steven Johnson’s Blog: Steven is a best selling author, who focuses on understanding how our minds work. The RSA: Well known online for their video presentations and whiteboard animation videos, The RSA is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. SwissMiss: A wonderful site, with bite-sized chunks of awesomeness. This is a great site to check out, the next time you find yourself seeking a little creative inspiration.

Mnemonics and memory improvement / Build Your Memory What Hypnosis Is And Isn't by Peter Saks on Octobe 24, 2009 Before we will start to talk about what hypnosis is, I feel obliged to discuss what it isn't. You can find a lot of false assumptions about trance and hypnosis itself, allover the place. The most common one is that state of hypnosis is similar to sleeping. It seems logical for people to assume this, as person within hypnosis looks very much alike someone asleep. Describing what hypnosis is, is a very difficult thing, as nobody is fully aware of what is happening inside the brain of hypnotized person. In order to achieve deep levels of trance, we need to disengage most of the senses subject of hypnosis has. Although you are losing your senses one by one, you manage to maintain one of them, hearing. Hypnosis would lose all of its effectiveness, if you wouldn't be able to hear suggestions of hypnotist. That is mostly caused by the belief that hypnosis is like sleeping that, as you should be aware of by now, is false...