In a TED live show, mathemagician Arthur Benjamin plays memory brain games in mathematics. He races against a set of calculators to figuer out 3, 4, 5 figures square even before the calculators can do. He crosses the 8 digit capacity of calculators. He even guesses birthdays on random calls from the hall.
At the end he discloses secret of his memory brain games to find answers so fast. To me it is still a trick but you may like to learn and surprise your friends.
A fantastic watch to see how this mathmagician is doing with numbers, figures, days and calculations.
Memory brain games are helpful in short as well as long human memory.
Peter Doolittle says, "Now working memory has four basic components. It allows us to store some immediate experiences and a little bit of knowledge. It allows us to reach back into our long-term memory and pull some of that in as we need it, mixes it, processes it in light of whatever our current goal is. Now the current goal isn't something like, I want to be president or the best surfer in the world. It's more mundane. I'd like that cookie, or I need to figure out how to get into my hotel room. Now working memory capacity is our ability to leverage that, our ability to take what we know and what we can hang onto and leverage it in ways that allow us to satisfy our current goal. "
"So what I want to do is talk a little bit about a couple of strategies here, and these will be really important because you are now in an information target-rich environment for the next several days. Now the first part of this that we need to think about and we need to process our existence, our life, immediately and repeatedly. We need to process what's going on the moment it happens, not 10 minutes later, not a week later, at the moment. So we need to think about, well, do I agree with him?
What would I like to know?
He answers these questions and concludes, "The take-home message from a working memory capacity standpoint is this: what we process, we learn. If we're not processing life, we're not living it. Live life."
Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our "experiencing selves" and our "remembering selves" perceive happiness differently. This talk is important as it has implications for public policy (my job), economics (my study) and psychology (my passion).
Can brain memory games make your "experiencing selves" more vivid? There are certain cognitive traps and Daniel Kahneman very sharply highlights them and says, "And my talk today will be mostly about these cognitive traps. This applies to laypeople thinking about their own happiness, and it applies to scholars thinking about happiness, because it turns out we're just as messed up as anybody else is."
He differentiates between experiencing self and remembering self.
Very interesting and scholarly to watch from a Nobel laureate!