Manéa for Your Mind

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The Manéa is for sharpening your mind

In the very recent years, one of the best things to show up in newspapers are the Sudoku puzzles that often show up next to crossword puzzles. These numerical crosswords have become the mind-bending addiction that people sit on buses or at their desks trying to figure out as they pass the time. Mental training has definitely been a big thing in the past few years, with Sudoku, but also with the Brain Age and Brain Age-esque games for handheld consoles, especially the Nintendo DS family. These interactive mental training systems have become more than a fad, as they have managed to help us slow down the mental aging process. However, Italian designer Luigi Trabucco designed this mental trainer using a haptic “keyboard” design, making it an innovation in mental training.

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Study: Placebos Work Even When Patients Know They Are Fake

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A cure in the mind.

The mind really does possess its own healing power, according to a study that found dummy pills work even when patients know they are fake.  Described as the “placebo effect”, patients have long been known to show improvements when given bogus drugs and told they are real.

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Mind Over Machine

People control a computer through electrodes implanted in their brains

Using nothing but thoughts, people can coax a brain cell that likes Marilyn Monroe to overpower a Josh Brolin–favoring cell in a dominance battle that brings her image up on a computer screen, a study appearing October 28 in Nature shows. The paper expands on data presented last year at the Society for Neuroscience’s annual meeting in Chicago (SN: 11/21/09, p. 9) and shows how the brain makes choices about what to pay attention to in a sensory-rich world.
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Will Eating A Half A Stick Of Butter A Day Make You Smarter?

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Mmmmmmmm butter

Will eating one of these fats improve your math performance?  Based on Seth Roberts’ butter and math study, recently presented at a Bay Area Quantified Self Show & Tell, during which Seth ate half a stick of butter each day and performed better in math, we expect the answer to be yes…

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How To Read A Politician’s Mind? Try Looking At His Hands

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Good news, bad news: David Cameron (pictured above), who is left-handed, is thought to indicate positive news with his dominant hand and negative with his right.

If you want to know when a politician is burying bad news, here is a handy hint.

A study of body language has found leaders tend to signal good news by pointing with their dominant hand – but gesture gloomy tidings with their weaker hand.

It means a right-handed politician, such as Nick Clegg, will wave his right hand when passing on positive news, while a left-hander – such as David Cameron – will gesture with his left.

 

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Militaries Benefits From Transcendental Meditation

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A leading scientific journal in Pakistan, The Journal of Management & Social Science,* recently published a paper titled “A New Role for the Military: Preventing Enemies from Arising-Reviving an Ancient Approach to Peace,” indicating that the military application of the Transcendental Meditation technique has merit. The paper discusses how militaries worldwide could use the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® program, founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, as a non-religious and scientifically verified way to prevent war and terrorism. When used in a military context, these meditation practices are known as Invincible Defense Technology (IDT).

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Taking A Break After Learning Something Helps You Remember It

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Taking a coffee break aids memory

Scientists have always known that sleeping helps consolidate memory by allowing your mind to sift through recently gained knowledge and file it in the brain.   But this new research suggests that even a short rest or break while conscious could help it sort and retain information.

 

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The Jedi Mind Control Game

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My Mind Is Stronger Than Your Mind!

This is the Star Wars Jedi game that requires you to bring to bear all of your latent telekinetic powers of the Force in order to keep a ball levitating. Similar to EEG technology that reads the alpha and beta waves created by your brain, the game comes with a headset equipped with forehead and ear sensors that translate your brain’s energy into a wireless signal that is sent to the game’s base station. The station has a tube with a ball inside (resembling the Jedi training remote Luke Skywalker used on the Millennium Falcon) that is kept levitating by a flow of air; your steady concentration adjusts the air fan’s speed, causing the ball to rise and fall…

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“You May Keep 40 Magic Mushrooms At Home”

 

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Does this count as 1 or 32?

The Czech government has revised and liberalized the criteria for what constitutes “small amounts” of recreational drugs for personal use.

The Czech government today approved the list of hallucinogenic plants and mushrooms, including hemp, coca, mescaline cactus and magic mushrooms, and decided that people would be allowed to grow up to five pieces of such plants and keep 40 magic mushrooms at home…

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Blueberries Increase Attention Span And Help Fight Dementia

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A blueberry smoothie at breakfast can stop your powers of concentration waning in the afternoon – and even help fight dementia in the long term, new research suggests.  Scientists have found that the food can increase your attention span in the short term and can maintain a healthy mind in the long term.

 

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