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What is Change Blindness and Why Does it Happen?

Do you know what Change Blindness is?

Change Blindness: In visual perception, change blindness is a normal phenomenon of the brain which show in light that the brain does not have a precise representation of the world but a lacunar one, made of partial details. Despite the name, this phenomenon does not affect the eyes but the brain, and as such is bound to happen to all the human senses. This phenomenon is still in research, but results suggests that the brain estimates the importance and usefulness of information prior to deciding to store them or not. Another issue is that the brain cannot see a change happening to an element that it has not yet stored. (Source: WikiPedia )

Another video on Change Blindness:

Do You Think This Could Happen To You?

Have you ever experienced something like this?

Do you think you would notice if someone switched places with another person in a way that appeared natural?

For me, I’d love to think that I would recognize it. But, I do understand that it’s a lot more likely that I would not catch on.

If you want to see more cool brain related videos and learn more about the brain, check out the show Brain Games on National Geographic.

 

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100 Year Old Women’s Brain Secret: Nintendo DS

Who Ever Heard Of a Women Improving Her Brain — And Playing Nintendo DS Everyday?

“A sprightly centenarian has revealed the secret to staying sharp in old age – playing VIDEO GAMES. Instead of knitting or playing bingo Kathleen Kit Connell, known as Kit, spends two hours a day tapping away at her favourite console. And the grandmother-of-one, who still lives independently, said she has used the Nintendo DS Lite, so much she even wore out her first console and had to replace the computer. Kit, who according to the game has the mental age of 64, said: “It’s absolutely super. I don’t feel a day over 80.

“I can’t speak highly enough of it.”

Who would have thought that playing video games could actually benefit your brain?

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How Memory Works [Infographic]

How Memory Works

Via: Online Colleges Blog

Memories are created when emotions are involved. Think about some of the most memorable experiences you have ever had. I’m willing to bet that these memories have some strong emotions tied to them. Things like your college graduation, your marriage, or fights with friends leave you with always remembering this information.

In part 2 of this infographic, you see that when you forget information it is usually because you were distracted when you heard the information or you failed to tie this information with something that would force you to remember. If you struggle with remembering names, you can check out the article How to Remember Names.

A Balanced Life

Part 4 of the infographic above speaks about the importance of having a healthy & balanced life. I’m always striving to find balance in my life and find myself falling out of balance more often than I would like. We need to remember that it is okay to slip sometimes and to fall out of our balance, but it’s important for us to always try to have a fairly balanced life.

Everything from the food we eat to our social engagements and the exercise we do has a larger effect than we are aware of. The more you engage in these three activities, the more fulfilled you will feel.

The problem here lies in that it is difficult to find a balance with all of these. There are so many different diets and trends when it comes to eating healthy that’s its difficult to stay up on it all. I recommend a few different books and resources for watching what you eat. A simple to follow diet is the slow-carb diet that Tim Ferris often shares in his book, The Four Hour Body.

Exercise programs are also a dime a dozen and it really depends on what you are looking to get out of an exercise program. I will always recommend people over to the P90X program that was put together by BeachBody because I have had amazing results following their program.

I hope that this post has helped you out a little bit with understanding how your memory works and how you can use this information to improve your memory.

Do you have any other tips or tricks to improve your memory?

Chris Hughes

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Why Does My Team Think This Way?

I came across an article today that was titled: Don’t Like All Your Employees? 

This article was all about how different brain attributes that your employees have cause your team to think differently. This is great for you as a business owner because you’ll have all types of ideas coming in from all over the spectrum, but it can also be frustrating.

It’s important to learn how to pair up people with differing views to find a creative balance.

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As a team leader, you have noticed that certain people have certain qualities about them and stick to these qualities because they are part of their core values. These are the ways that these people learn and will continue to learn.

This is the way that their brains are wired and it’s in your best interest to focus on this as one of their strengths and play to that.

The author in this article assigns a specific topic and divides groups up into pre-determined groups based on analytical, structural, social, and conceptual thinking individuals.

She places team members with others who share similar “thinking” attributes. She proceeds to hand out large pads of paper and colored markers and asks the groups to take notes, telling the teams they can go wherever they want to work, but they must return in 15 minutes.

Here is an excerpt taken from the article, Don’t Like All Your Employees?

“Generally, the structural team makes a numbered list in black ink, aligned on the page, in perfect teacher-printed handwriting. The analytical team creates a bulleted list of comments in blue ink, also printed. The social team makes a list using bright colors, possibly with illustrations and hearts. The conceptual team’s page will be covered with different colors of ink, ideas in balloons, pictures, and an attempt at some notes that will need to be explained.”

Does that sound familiar?

What Happened Here?

After doing this experiment, you will notice that the greatest difference is between the groups that think structurally and the group that thinks conceptually. This is also evident between the analytical and social teams.

Why is this?

There is a different in the way each of these people think. They learn differently and therefore think differently than others around them. As a team leader, you need to be able to recognize this and try to fill your team with a good combination of all the different types of thinkers.

Structural Brain Thinkers

Your team members who think structurally will not understand the conceptual list because it isn’t structured in a way that makes sense to them. These thinkers need to see some kind of set structure in order for their brain to kick in and comprehend what’s in front of them. If they see a mind map with pictures all over and no true structure, they will have a hard time understanding it.

Conceptual Brain Thinkers

Those individuals with conceptual brains will not like the structural list because it appears to be so dull, with no images. People who think conceptually think in pictures and need these to trigger the connections in their brains

Analytical Brain Thinkers

Those individuals who think analytically can often be viewed of as being cold and uncaring. These people are quiet by nature, yet understand exactly how and why the numbers work. You often need to get them to speak out by calling them out to answer because by their nature these individuals aren’t likely to burst into the conversation and share what they have.

Social Brain Thinkers

Social thinkers are very emotional and you might not have any idea why these people get upset until you ask them. These individuals deeply care about their customers and want the best for their customer. They want to find a way to over-deliver and provide exceptional value. The social thinkers often feel like the analytical thinkers are heartless because all their brain wants them to focus on is the numbers.

How do you make it work in the workplace?

As a team leader or co-worker, you need to understand how and why each of the people on your team work.

You need to understand the way that their brain is structured and how you can work with them to play to their strengths. Not everyone thinks alike and that is great for growing your company. If you had everyone thinking one way, you would not grow.

There is no way to think exactly like all of your employees, but you do need to recognize that the contributions they make are the reason your company is working. By learning about why people think the way they do, you have a better chance of understanding them and understanding how you can put them in a position to work at their peak.

This is just a start into understanding why people think the way that they do. If you want to learn more about this, you can check out the books The Brainsmart Leader and Grass Roots Leaders both by Tony Buzan.

You can also contact us directly for help in teaching your team leaders how to recognize and capitalize on your teams strengths in this way to increase profits.

 

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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The Future Of Electronic Books in Education

I just finished reading the article, The Book Beyond the Book. This post is all about the migration from physical books to electronic books and how it’s changing the game of book marketing.

I personally have been a huge fan of the Kindle series and have had a Kindle for over 2 years. I plan on upgrading to the Kindle Fire very soon.

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I have about 70 books on my Kindle right now and love how convenient it is to travel around with 1 device and have access to so much information at my finger tips. I can hit a button and download a book in about 60 seconds. I’m someone who believes in minimizing material possessions I have so that I will have less clutter in my life. The Kindle is an awesome idea for this to work and that’s why I love it.

The article talks about something that is very interesting to me. It’s the concept of HybridBooks, “which melds the physical and electronic cultures together. On the physical side, the Hybrids are attractive, stripped-down paperbacks, with nothing inside but a short classic text.The first five were all called “The Duel,” reprinting tales by Casanova, Kleist, Conrad, Kuprin and Chekhov. The latest is Melville’s tale of the first Wall Street refusenik, “Bartleby, the Scrivener.” Bartleby, for reasons that do not become clear until the end of his tale, decides to opt out. The connection with the Occupy Wall Street movement is clear, and is no doubt the reason the Melville House edition is already in its fifth printing.”

The Future Of Electronic Books

Personally I feel that the electronic book is going to change the way we experience books. I feel that one of the biggest industries that will benefit from this is the educational system.

Think back to your days in college…I know, it could be 30 or even 60 years ago, but try to remember…

Do you remember going to the library to read for hours on end about subjects that often put you to sleep? If you are like most students, you probably spent a lot of time reading books that were written very dryly and if you ever had to take any science classes you most likely had to read books with a lot of equations in them.

Science books were very hard for me to get through, because I’m more of a visual learner and someone who thrives on actually doing something. These books didn’t really allow me to do the activity and that led me to getting bored and switching majors.

Let’s imagine for a second that you were reading about what happens when you put mentos inside a bottle of diet coke. There are a few ways that will help you learn this information. You can do it for yourself (the most fun), you could read about it (least fun) or you could watch a video of someone doing it.

Imagine Watching This Inside Of Your TextBook:

If you are in the middle of studying for a final exam, it’s probably inconvenient for you to stop studying and go to the store or lab to mix certain chemicals to see the reaction. You would waste a lot of time walking to the lab and more time setting up the experiment. What would happen if you could just watch a video inside of your text book that showed you exactly what happens? Do you think that would save you a lot of time and be a great way for you to remember the information?

Of course it would! When we actually see something happen, we are more likely to remember it because we activate more of our senses. Of course if we actually do the activity, we learn even better because we engage more senses, but for the purpose of saving time for studying watching a video is the most effective way.

This is just one way that education will be changed over the next few years because of electronic books and electronic book readers.

Do you have any other ideas on how electronic books will change the way we learn?

Chris Hughes

Chris is an Internet Entrepreneur, Juggler, Traveler and loves learning. Chris is out to enjoy life while building profitable businesses that allow people to have more fun in their lives.

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