Discovery – Superhumans

The discovery channel recently aired "The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic," witness the amazing stories of real people with extraordinary super powers. 
The Real Superhumans and the Quest for the Future Fantastic
Rüdiger Gamm of Welzheim, Germany, is The Human Calculator! At 35 years old, he can instantly solve complex mathematical formulas inside his head. Gamm can multiply higher powers and divide two prime numbers to 60 decimals – 84 to the power of 17; 42 to the power of 100; 31 divided by 61.
Elisabeth Sulser - 'The Synaesthete'
Elizabeth Sulser, of Zurich, Switzerland, is a 29-year old synaesthete. Synaesthesia is an extremely rare neurological condition characterized by the fusing of senses. For Sulser, this means the involuntary fusion of sound, sight and taste.
Esref Armagan - 'The Blind Painter'
Esref Armagan, of Ankara, Turkey, is a 53-year-old blind painter. Blind since birth, Armagan is a gifted visual artist who can draw and paint in three dimensions; drawing comparisons to Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi, the first artist to master three point perspective.
Wim Hof - 'The Iceman'
Wim Hof, a 47-year-old man who lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands, is the Iceman. Hof can endure extreme cold temperatures and has broken two world records to prove it. He once spent more than an hour buried up to his neck in ice. Then, only a few weeks later, he swam under the surface of a frozen lake for more than 50 metres wearing only trunks and goggles.
Categories: Brain

Dancing girl

October 9, 2007 4 comments
Do you see the dancer spin clockwise or anti-clockwise?
Clockwise indicates that you are focusing with your right brain; anti-clockwise indicates left brain.  You can change spin directions, if you focus on the shadow of a while & then watch her dance the opposite direction.
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LINKHOLE: Cognitive Ergo, Austistic Mind, Stroop Effect

  • Cognitive Ergonomist:  I believe that one of my core strength is "synthesizing & presenting complex multiple viewpoints in an easily consumable fashion" particularly as mental models.  I came across this interesting term Cognitive Ergonomist – "one who specializes in information design—the best way to present complex information".  Fascinating stuff…I am going to find out more about this.   
  • TIME MAG – Inside The Autistic Mind: TIME magazine, May 15, 2006 – is featuring a cover story Inside the Autistic Mind (needs subscription). A fascinating read on latest research, facts and reasoning behind this condition.  I am glad to see that there is increasing awareness and sense of appreciation for Autistic people.
  • Stroop Effect: Don’t read the words (below), try say the color of these words as fast as you can
    faciniated with the results? checkout Reading Color Names  
  • Distractions ease Dread: Recent brain study suggests that distraction can help ease dread.

 ~ Srinath

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C-State and F-State

In his book CrazyBusy : Overstretched, overbooked, and about to snap: Strategies for coping in a world gone ADD,  Dr. Edward M. Hallowell talks about being too busy seems necessary & unavoidable in this modern age and it becomes an habit, leads to postpone or cut shorts what really matters to you most. This makes you a slave to lifesyste so busy that you don’t take time to decide what actually does matter most to you.  There are many take-aways in this book of which C-State & F-State was particularly interesting.
C-State is clear, calm, cool, collected, consistent, concentrated, convivial, careful, curious, creative, courteous, and coordinated. On the other hand, F-State fractuces focus and is frenzied, feckless, flailing, fearful, forgetful, flustered, furious, fractious, feverish, and frantic.  
In C-State you found your rhythm, in F-State you have lost it. The overloaded world that we live in makes it is easy to move from C-State to F-State, in which time and attention can be depleted before the day’s work has even begun.  F-State resembles ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).   Life is a powerful accelerator these days; what separates the successful from the frustrated is the quality of their brakes and their ability to use them.  The challenge of modern life, even for people who do not have ADD, is to learn how to put on the brakes.
Whether you call this ADD, F-State, attention deficit trait, or just modern life, the goal should be turn all this into an advantage.  The author uses the same techniques that he uses for his ADD patients to teach how preserve C-State and if you lose it, to get from F-State to C-State.
[Watchout for Updates with few Solutions to cope in this CrazyBusy world]
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AJ – Autobiographical memory

Today morning NPR while I was driving to work there was short segment about AJ (fictitious name to preserve her identity) about her remarkable autobiographical memory. She vividly remembers all her past personal daily events/details (How the house smelled; which restaurant she went on a randomly chosen day, etc) dating back to 1974.   Interestingly she had trouble remembering poetry, history dates in school and she writes down her grocery list.  She doesn’t use any conventional memorizing techniques (mnemonics, peg system etc) she just feels it – like going back in time to any given moment. Neuro-scientists say this is a remarkable and a rare phenomenon will open a whole new avenue of research in the study of learning and memory.
~ Srinath
Categories: Brain

Brittany Maier – Austistic Music Savant

March 29, 2006 1 comment
I had blogged about Savants here & here, and I came across another savant Brittany Maier – who is blind, mentally retarded and autistic. Brittany has more than 20,000 songs in her memory. Watch her video.
Andrew Adesman, a developmental specialist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, says, "It’s not very well understood but there does seem to be an increased incidence of musical savants among individuals who are blind. In musical savants, it seems to be evident in children who have a problem in the midline of the brain, there seems to be a relationship between optic nerve damage or underdevelopment and musical giftedness." 
~ Srinath
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Problem Solving Viewpoints

Different people preceive the world differently — due to differences in mental models, assumptions, biases, strengths, weaknesses.  Following is one such example:
~ Srinath
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