Necessary Dreaming

Necessary Dreaming

Thinking about the future: Whether, when, why, how, who, what… and so what? An organised, future-oriented mindset is probably the most effective way to find success in life, but psychology has focused much more on the past than the future. Professor Baumeister will report ideas and findings emerging from his recent research program on thinking about the future. Despite the common assumption that

Prospective Hindsight

Prospective Hindsight

Daniel Levitin [ TED London ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Karen Konkoly [ Digital & Social Media Intern at National Sleep Foundation ] This could be a dream. Do you remember how you got here? The best way to test reality is to read something twice. When you’re awake the words will always stay the same, but when you’re dreaming the words will always be different. Dreams can seem vague because when you’re

Three Big Ideas

Three Big Ideas

Daniel Levitin [ GoogleTalk ] I want to talk about three big ideas, and then I’d be happy to take some questions. The three big ideas are multitasking, brain extenders, and decision making in the age of information overload. But first, I’ll give you a little glimpse into why I wrote the book. Neuroscientists in the last 10 years have learned quite a

Priming

Priming

Excerpt of Dr. John Bargh, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University talk at Missouri University. See Full Talk. Dr. Bargh’s work is also featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink (2005), Chapter 2 – The Locked Door: The Secret Life of Snap Decisions, from which the following is extracted. Subjects were asked to unscramble a series scrambled sentences, after which they were found

Organized Mind

Organized Mind

Daniel Levitin [ The Organized Mind ] Information and Conscientious Organization. We humans have a long history of pursuing neural enhancement—ways to improve the brains that evolution gave us. We train them to become more dependable and efficient allies in help­ing us to achieve our goals. Law schools, business schools, and medical schools, music conservatories and athletic programs, all strive to harness the

David & Goliath

David & Goliath

Malcolm Gladwell [ Google Talk ] PRASAD SETTY: Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to our Talks at Google session today. We are very fortunate to have a guest amidst us who doesn’t need any introduction. Seriously, how many people need an introduction to Malcolm Gladwell? PRASAD SETTY: Malcolm was the bestselling author of “The Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers,” et cetera. He’s received many honors.