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Tips and tricks for the brain with a writing bent
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Our Buggy Brain : NPR

Our Buggy Brain : NPR | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
Our amazing brain performs harmonious functions and peculiar actions that might seem counterintuitive. What tricks make us think it's okay to cheat or steal? Are we in control of our own decisions? Why do our brains misjudge what will make us happy?
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In the Minds of Others: Scientific American

In the Minds of Others: Scientific American | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
Psychologists once scoffed at fiction as a way of understanding people because—well—it’s made up. But in the past 25 years cognitive psychologists have developed a new appreciation for the significance of stories. Just as computer simulations have helped us understand perception, learning and thinking, stories are simulations of a kind that can help readers understand not just the characters in books but human character in general. In 1986 psychologist Jerome Bruner, now at New York University School of Law, argued persuasively that narrative is a distinctive and important mode of thought. It elaborates our conceptions of human or humanlike agents and explores how their intentions collide with reality.
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10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free

10 Awesome Online Classes You Can Take For Free | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
There are literally hundreds of free courses online — offered by some of the most prestigious universities in the world — that don't require registration. We've picked out 10 that we think you'll find particularly interesting, and included course descriptions and links to where you can watch or download them free of charge.
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Amazing video shows us the actual movies that play inside our mind

Amazing video shows us the actual movies that play inside our mind | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
This is about as awesome as neuroscience gets. This video shows us some everyday clips, and - thanks to some super-advanced brain imaging and computer simulations - how those clips are seen inside our brains.
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Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue? | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?
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WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson

One of our most innovative, popular thinkers takes on-in exhilarating style-one of our key questions: Where do good ideas come from?
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How to Hack Your Brain

How to Hack Your Brain | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
You are not who you think you are. Your personality and identity is significantly more malleable than you realize. With a few simple tricks, you can exploit your brain's innate functionality to change just about anything about yourself. Here's how.
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YouTube - Authors@Google: Dr. John Ratey

In Spark, John J. Ratey, M.D., embarks upon a fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove t...
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Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com

Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity | Video on TED.com | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
TED Talks Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.
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How Can I Recharge My Depleted Motivation?

How Can I Recharge My Depleted Motivation? | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it

A lack of motivation is a difficult problem because there are likely many factors contributing to it, but the simplest way to get your motivation back is to do something you want to do. The problem with that is when you're low on the necessary energy and willpower needed to start a particular task, your motivation is generally re-routed to indulge in something effortless like food or entertainment. Overindulgence, as you've likely noticed, only serves to make the problem worse. So what do you do? First, we need to pinpoint what's causing your lack of motivation and then we need to find ways you can trick yourself into getting it back.

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Why a Stimulating Job Can Improve Your IQ

Why a Stimulating Job Can Improve Your IQ | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait like eye color, something you're born with and stuck with for life. But as Sue Shellenbarger explains on Lunch Break, evidence is mounting that IQ can change over an individual's lifetime.

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You Are Not So Smart, David McRaney - 9781592406593

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, ...
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Enroll in a free course on artificial intelligence, taught by two world-renowned AI experts

Enroll in a free course on artificial intelligence, taught by two world-renowned AI experts | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
If you've ever wanted a world-class introduction to the basics of artificial intelligence, here's your chance.
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Keeping a Time Diary Can Identify Patterns That Affect Your Productivity

Keeping a Time Diary Can Identify Patterns That Affect Your Productivity | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
A time diary can help you track good and bad productivity habits just as well as expense tracking can help identify spending habits. Also like a spending diary, you will have to maintain a time diary for a few weeks before patterns emerge.
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Top 10 Tips and Tricks to Train, Exercise, and Better Your Brain

Top 10 Tips and Tricks to Train, Exercise, and Better Your Brain | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
While we're always using our brains, we're not necessarily doing much to keep them in good shape. Here are the top ten sites and tools to train your brain and exercise your mental muscles.
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How to trick your brain into remembering what you study

How to trick your brain into remembering what you study | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why you can go over a book again and again and still be completely lost when tested on what you read? It may be because you haven't practiced remembering.
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Find Time for Your Personal Life and Get a Handle on Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule

Find Time for Your Personal Life and Get a Handle on Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
If you feel like you're working long and grueling hours with no personal time, you're not alone. Carve out vital personal time and continue climbing the ladder with these tips from career management professional Penelope Trunk. (Find Time for Your Personal Life and Get a Handle on Your Out-of-Control Work Schedule [Stress Management] http://ow.ly/1b4DHf)
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The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!) :: Tips :: The 99 Percent

The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!) :: Tips :: The 99 Percent | Mind Mashing | Scoop.it
Want to make ideas happen? Or hire someone who can? We shortlist the key traits for putting ideas into action, and tell you how to identify them.
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