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Hacking Cognition

Hacking Cognition

We are fortunate as software developers to spend our lives learning. Our careers require us to keep pace with an industry that innovates like few others and we adapt ourselves to constant change. Given the amount of time we dedicate to learning it is surprising that we don’t make a greater effort to improve our cognitive ability itself. Cognitive function can be improved with some simple techniques that apply broadly in our profession, and it only makes sense that we should expend at least as much effort improving our ability to learn as we do actually learning.

This presentation will offer you some immediately actionable steps to improve your cognitive ability and be more efficient with your programming studies. You’ll learn techniques mnemonists use to memorize random pages of binary digits, how your brain physically changes as you learn something new and how simple changes in your daily routine can have a deep impact on your work.

We spend hours refactoring our code and preparing for roflscale, why not spend some time optimizing our brains?

Jonan Scheffler

March 07, 2013
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  1. Hacking Cognition
    Overclock your brain
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  2. Jonan
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  3. Jonah
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  4. Jonas
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  5. Jonan
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  6. Conan
    @1337807
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  7. Jonan
    @1337807
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  8. Basics first
    Sleep, exercise, eat
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  9. Simon says Sleep
    You need 8 hours
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  10. Exercise
    for 6 minutes
    Sabrina Segal
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  11. Eat healthy foods
    that stabilize your blood sugar
    Dentate Gyrus
    (Hippocampus)
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  12. Glycemic Load
    GI * (Carbohydrate/100g)
    Glycemic Index:
    Watermelon = 72
    Wonder Bread = 72
    Glycemic Load:
    Watermelon = 4
    Wonder Bread = 10
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  13. Neuroscience!
    How does it work?
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  14. Disclaimer
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  15. Thalamus
    Router for your senses
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  16. Hippocampus
    H.M. and the Limbic System
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  17. Noses skip the router
    and go straight for the Amygdala.
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  18. How do we learn?
    Neuroplasticity
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  19. The Persistence of Long-
    Term Memory:
    A Molecular Approach to Self-
    Sustaining Changes in Learning-
    Induced Synaptic Growth
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  20. Eric Kandel
    Shocks California Sea Slugs
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  21. Neurons physically change
    Synaptic varicosities grow and engage
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  22. Primacy & Recency
    Memory.first, Memory.last
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  23. Memory Consolidation
    Epinephrine and Cortisol
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  24. Want to make it memorable?
    Add bears
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  25. Learned Helplessness
    Chronic Clinical Depression
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  26. Signal more often to
    affect change
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  27. Spaced repetition
    Learn just as you forget
    Flashcards
    ankiweb.net
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  28. Moonwalking with
    Einstein
    by Joshua Foer
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  29. Synesthesia
    Manipulate your medium
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  30. Memory Training
    Person-Action-Object (PAO)
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  31. 02
    Ozzie biting the head off Kermit
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  32. 05
    Linus Torvalds giving Nvidia the finger
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  33. 06
    Ice-T playing pinball in a kangaroo costume
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  34. 060502
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  35. 060502
    Ice-T flipping off Kermit
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  36. Alternatives to Kermit
    TDCS
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  37. Transcranial
    Direct Current
    Stimulation
    Brain Zapping
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  38. Electrodes
    Excite, Suppress
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  39. DLPFC
    Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex
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  40. Executive functions
    of the brain
    Working memory, problem solving
    and attention.
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  41. Anodal stimulation
    Neuronal Excitability
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  42. DIY TDCS
    THIS IS A TERRIBLE IDEA
    DO NOT DO THIS, EVER
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  43. Seriously, Don’t Do This
    No no no no no
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  47. TDCS causes Crazy-Eye
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  48. Ice-T flipping off Kermit
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  49. 060502
    Ice-T flipping off Kermit
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  50. Jonan
    @1337807
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