Questions tagged [brain-training]

For questions about exercises that aim to improve the functioning of the brain or general intellectual, perceptual or motor capacities in a relatively short period of time. Note that the presence of this tag does not imply that such exercises are effective.

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How can I train my mind to be relaxed during an exam? [closed]

I am studying for an exam that is quite important to me. There are two attempts- one was in January and the second attempt is in April. In the January attempt, I did not perform up to my full ...
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Encounters, interactions, and great losses

When you encounter someone and interact with someone, it forms a pattern in the brain (and the brain stores, stuff, in some way). When something goes missing, then something in your mind can't be ...
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Is it true that cursive "stimulate" brain better than other types of handwriting?

Is it true that cursive "stimulate" brain better than other types of handwriting? I find lots of links about this topic, but has it been scientifically proven?
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How would a human baby's brain develop if born in a sensory deprivation chamber?

According to Scientific American, people who are blind can learn to use their sense of hearing more efficiently. Similarly, deaf people, may learn to utilize their vision more effectively. While the 5 ...
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Why can't we do the things we know instantaneously?

In the following video eventhough people know that when handlebar of the bicycle is turned left the wheel of that bicycle is turned towards right and vice versa, they can't ride that new bicycle ...
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Common latent feature among all "memory techniques"

So I've been delving into "memory techniques" and people who compete in memory competitions(memorizing and reciting a poem in a small amount of time, memorizing a deck of cards, memorizing pi, etc). I'...
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Can repetitive music help remember by increasing theta waves?

Can repetitive music (minimal) help remember by increasing theta waves? As far as I understand theta waves are involved in memory tasks. If correct, can I try increase theta waves with audio neuro-...
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Does EEG biofeedback brain training can cause any harm?

I'm a hobbyist making BCI for biofeedback training. Can I induce any damage to my brain by EEG brain training? For instance, by using wrong training protocols.. Be the way, it would be wonderful if ...
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Timing mental arithmetic training for specific event

A test will take place in two months time. It will take place on 12:00 PM, and the test takes one hour. One has to perform tasks such as a basic IQ test, mental arithmetic and solving a sudoku. These ...
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Supposed 'brain training' [duplicate]

The term brain training is nothing new, however how effective is the 'N-back' method, does this work scientifically speaking? There are mixed reviews on this: one claiming it works https://www....
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how to train our brain to always use left part for thinking & deciding things?

how to train our brain to always use left part for thinking & deciding things? How do I not take emotional decisions
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Body temperature increasing when trying to solve difficult problems

[ I am unsure if this is the correct site to ask this question ] I am a HS student, currently studying IT and personally I focus on the field of software (programming) and of course where there is ...
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Is there any theory supporting the idea that writing with your non-dominant hand is beneficial? [closed]

E.g. Could writing with your left hand increase creativity? Especially if the left hand is the non-dominant one. Could placebo effect also play a significant role?
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Can the mind be trained to equanimously observe compulsive urges/cravings (without giving in / acting out)?

Are there any practices or habits that one can employ, either frequently or on a daily basis, to train one's mind to equanimously observe (be aware of) compulsive urges or cravings, without giving in ...
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If demyelination doesn't typically occur, what happens when a musician doesn't practice for a month?

In "The Talent Code," the author makes this statement: What's the simplest way to diminish the skills of a superstar talent? The answer: don't let them practice for a month. Causing skill to ...
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Is it possible to raise the complexity of what you can mentally process?

I know that I can solve some simple systems of linear equations in my head by visualizing the terms and moving them. But if I don't concentrate enough, it gets blurry quite fast. In the same way, I ...
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In the digit span test, why do some strategies work and others don't?

I got a free copy of PEBL, psych experiment software, which includes a couple of standard working memory tests. When I perform the digit span working memory test, I can repeat the numbers as they ...
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Which Meditation Techniques Correlate Best with Certain Brain-Waves? [closed]

Which meditation techniques are better at "entraining(?)" specifically desired brainwaves? For each brainwave range, (Alpha, Theta, etc) - are certain meditative technique more effective? For ...
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PTSD recovery / prefrontal cortex blood flow [closed]

I am studying a case of PTSD where the patient has lost "crispness of consciousness" and is in a zombie-like state often found among soldiers where only programmed behavior is possible. The patient ...
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Effects of quantity and quality of breaks on learning

Are there papers which discuss the effects of quantity and quality of breaks during learning? Do state of the art papers have a common ground? So far I have found these papers: The Fourth R: Recess ...
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Classification of EEG Signals

I am working on a project related to Brain-Computer Interface & I came across this problem. What are the tools and techniques used to classify the EEG signals which are extracted from brain using ...
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After how much time should we review a particular study material after once studying it thoroughly so as to retain it longer?

I am having some doubts regarding my study regime; I am wondering if psychology could help? So,I studied this one chapter thoroughly and due to shortage of time, I didn't review it for another 2-3 ...
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What is the rationale behind filler words?

When we talk, we tend to use filler words like "ehm", "um", "uh", etc. What is the rationale behind those constructs from a neurolinguistic point of view? It seems this happens while we are thinking ...
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How neural mechanisms lead to the creation of habits or destructive behaviours? [closed]

You get horny, and you don't prevent yourself. You just go after satisfying your need. Another time you do this. Again another time, and more and more. A time comes when you feel like you can't ...
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mirror-writing using non-dominant hand easier with closed eyes

I've learnt to mirror-write as shown below using my non-dominant hand. One of the things I've observed is that it's a lot easier when I do it with my eyes closed. For e.g. if my eyes were closed, I'd ...
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Is something not worth remembering?

Does it affect brain negatively if I remember unimportant things? In other words: Is the capacity of the brain (or just too much chaotic data densed together) sometimes a significant factor for an ...
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Changing Voluntary to Involuntary by will

As we all know, certain actions like, blinking of eye breathing all happen involuntarily, and we have the option to control them voluntarily as well(holding breath etc..) when needed. But, once we ...
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Best ways to improve memory

I've once watched a movie in which CIA agent went into a room just for a few seconds and on the next day he could recall every detail of that room, including what was on the monitors. And I am ...
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Quit smoking supported by mental training

Given that mental training/workout releases acetylcholine (something I read in a popular-scientific book and on Wiki, see also below) , and that acetylcholine and nicotine bind to the same receptors. ...
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"top-down" and "bottom-up" processes

What kind of processes are "top-down" and "bottom-up" processes in the context of processing visual information in brain? Context: ...There are discrete areas in the visual cortex dedicated to ...
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Full list of the capabilities of human brain [closed]

I am studying the concept of multi-tasking. The premise upon which I am asking this question is my belief that multi-tasking is a myth(as discussed in a few books on the same topic) and that the brain ...
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Can Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), or a magnets cap make you smarter?

According to wikipedia, TMS is a bunch of magnetic fields directed to the brain which stimulates and activates neurons. If I wear a cap full of magnets, will it stimulate my neurons? If yes, will a ...
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How to train our brain to see everything in slow motion? [duplicate]

People who had near death experience often found that they were able to see everything in slow motion and capture every details in their surrounding at that particular period. Because the brain ...
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Are results of various cognitive tests meaningless if the subject has achieved them through training?

What I mean by meaningless is whether or not they lose their predictive power outside of the specific test employed to evaluate some facet of cognition. I don't study the cognitive sciences, but ...
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How to measure improvement in Mental Acuity/Sharpness?

Are there any accurate tools that can tell the changes in mental acuity/sharpness?
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Can the brain be trained into a state of persistent happiness?

Happiness is a state of mind. Can we retain this state even in the case of sadness, depression, or a dire situation through training? What methods could one use in order to train the brain to retain ...
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Does the brain stop processing data when the eyes move?

I was reading this question and remember back to the 70s when our local newspaper changed formats. In an article about why they made the changes that they did, one of the points they mentioned was ...
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Study Effectively [closed]

I have 1day for the exam and there is much to study and Is there anyway to study Effectively.. This is not just for tommorrow this is for the entire life.. I'm feeling little low. Is there any ...
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What method(s) are available which demonstrably increase a person's g factor, (assuming such are available)?

Following up on this question: What method(s) are available which demonstrably increase a person's* g factor, (assuming such are available)? (*if a specific target individual is necessary to respond ...
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About the left and right side of the brain

If you are right-handed person, does it mean that you often use left brain (the left part that contain analysis, language etc.)? If you often use right leg being crossed over left leg, what part of ...
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Is it harmful for a right handed person to play a left handed guitar

This is a little bit of music especially handedness. But I do believe it's more inclined to cognitive sciences. Here's my case. I'm naturally a right handed person, writing, throwing, picking up ...
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Can dreams be memorised?

Would it be possible to activate the human memory and "access" it by means of encouraging certain hormones, to assist a sleeping body to memorize dreams and later (meaning minutes, days, months or ...
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Is it possible to develop curiosity?

I know that curiosity is developed kinda on it's own. You don't know when you'll become curious. But is it possible to train one's mind to become curious about certain subject? I've seen titles and ...
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Early Alzheimer's and cognitive remediation programs

Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) includes the loss of short term memory including prospective memory. On a physical level brain cells are being destroyed and that disrupts the neural ...
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Why is the sound of running water soothing?

What is it about the sound of running water that soothes the brain and the soul? This is what I found on the internet: Our species evolved where trees met savannahs and where freshwater sources ...
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How far can we train mental calculation?

Mental calculators are people with a prodigious ability in some area of mental calculation, such as multiplying large numbers or factoring large numbers. Unfortunately I forgot where I heard it, but ...
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How to best prepare the mind for a problem identification brainstorm?

I am a manager of a team of software engineers. We often use brainstorming sessions to generate solutions to problems. We use typical cognitive games, e.g. word association, to "warm-up" and ...
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What is the optimal exercise regime for improving cognitive functioning?

It seems that researchers agree that physical exercise increases cognitive abilities. This seems to work universally for all ages: children, adults and old people. It is suggested that everyone ...
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What exactly is IQ, and how to develop or improve it?

Some people are said to have exceptionally high IQ. What exactly is that supposed to mean? Is it possible to develop high IQ if one doesn't have it? If yes, then how?
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Diet for brain stimuli

I want to ask which foods or supplements enhance brain function and how,like for example protein is good after a muscle workout what is the equivalent for the evolving of the brain,antioxidants are ...
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