Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
FingerReader is a wearable reading device that will read any text out loud for you, slowly but surly. Finger Reader is intended for visually impaired people. According to MIT Media Lab which developed Finger Reader, “only 7% of all books are available in Braille, audio and large print. In a 2009 survey, nearly three quarters (74%, 72%) of blind and partially sighted people reported that they could not read the information provided by their hospital or their GP. In addition, things like letters, menus, reports, magazines, rarely exist in Braille.” Read more about Finger Reader and watch a video of Finger Reader in action.
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Watch this National Geographic and Stanford University documentary on how stress kills your brain cells and affects hippocampus which is responsible for your learning and memory (from 25 min of the documentary). “Stress is not a state of mind… it’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch.” says author and award-winning neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Friday, July 11th, 2014
Coffee triggers a mechanism in your brain that releases a growth factor called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which also activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons in your brain, which can have definitive benefits for your brain function. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins University found that 200 milligram (mg) of caffeine enhanced participants’ memory for up to 24 hours. Natural blend of polyphenol antioxidants (including chlorogenic acids), bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals in coffee beans all work together to help neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine.
Read more about the benefits of drinking coffee
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
There is a lot of research on the role of sleep and memory formation and learning. But only recently scientists discovered how it happens. During sleep your brain forms new synapses and nurons that help with learning and memory. “…sleep is important to the process of forming long term memory,” says Wen-Biao Gan, a neuroscientist and physiologist at New York University who discovered that learning, or making long term memories, is a two part process in which sleep plays an important role. Sleep is also an essential aspect of health. Not enough of sleep can lead to all kinds of health problems such as diabetes, heart problems, cancer,obesity and so on. Top tips for getting good night’s sleep include sleeping in total darkness and avoiding electromagnetic pollution which will disturb melatonin production which is critical for good night’s sleep. Read top tips for good sleep
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
According to WIRED magazine three professions might be extinct in the near future and replaced by smart software doing their work in a fraction of time and at almost no cost. The three professional categories due to be automated are: education, writing and military. Philip M Parker, whose company ICON Group International has published 700,000 algorithmically generated books in a very short time breaking all the Guinness book records. It usually takes his software about 20 minutes to write, check and publish the ebook online. $0.20 to $0.50 is the production cost which is the cost of electricity and hardware and some of his books sell for hundreds of dollars.
Most of his books are for niche subjects within larger categories such as health for example, but his team has taken the challenge of writing a software to produce novels. His software is not limited to written works. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Old-fashioned note taking by hand can enhance your memory. Studies show that people who take notes in shorthand not only comprehend information better but also remember for longer. Although we type more than write by hand, it makes sense since we all learnt to write first before typing and this is our primarily mode of inputing and coding information. (Although, in some schools in America they started to experiment with teaching kids to type first.) Also, in English we say ‘learn by heart’ and handwriting is more analogue way on coding information as opposed to typing which is more digital and cerebral. Read top tips for boosting your memory and drinking moringa tree tea can enhance your memory too. Read how to hold your pen ergonomically
Other studies suggest that people who write down their goals by hand are more likely to achieve them.
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Celebrate World Book Day – Read a book today
World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is instead recognised on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Spain as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes who died on that day. There is also Word Book Night to follow the day, if you like.
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Thursday, April 17th, 2014
We’re giving a short presentation on how to double your reading speed fast at the NLP Conference in London on Saturday 22nd November 2014 | 13.30 – 14.15
NLP is the best way to get into personal development and the NLP conference is the best first step.
More info about the 21-23 November 2014 NLP conference London UK
Venue: Holiday Inn London Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London WC1N 1HT
Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Research suggests that hibiscus extract is a cognitive enhancer which supports memory and concentration.
Monday, March 10th, 2014
Spritz app – for speed reading and streaming text one word at a time
How does the Spritz app for speed reading works
The app streams text one word at a time, highlighting the “Optimal Recognition Point” or ORP of the word in red and aligning those specific letters to a central point. According to developers this can help you read at speeds of up to 1,000 words a minute, depending on your reading comfort level.
So it looks like the Spritz app is a great way to help speed up your eyes and brain so that you can indeed read faster. Don’t worry that you won’t remember – research shows that when you have seen words, even for a short space of time, you have a very high chance of recognising them again, so you will almost certainly remember as much as if you had read more slowly (source: ‘Spd Rdng, the speed reading bible‘). And your comprehension as you read faster goes up rather than down: the – slower – you – read – the – more – difficult – it – is – to – hold – thoughts – in – your – head – so – if – you – imagine – that – someone – is – saying – these – words – one – by – one – you’ll – realise – how – hard – it – is – to – understand – texts – that – you – read – too – slowly. Of course, speed reading techniques you can learn on our spd rdng courses offer you much more than simply speeding up your eyes and brain – but spritzing is a great way to get started!
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Top 9 lifestyle tips for improving your memory (according to A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging). By the way, don’t worry if you momentarily forget your ATM pin number – you really need to start to worry about your memory if you forget what the ATM is used for.
1) Physical (daily) exercise is important and will enhance your memory and decrease the risk of dementia.
2) Cognitive exercises such as doing jigsaw puzzles, puzzles, games and thinking challenges and whenever the brain is challenged will bolster memory functioning and builds reserves.
3) Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids – include these in your diet and you will reduce your risk of cognitive decline. Top antioxidant super-foods are: chaga mushrooms, moringa tree, green tea, berries, broccoli, garlic, coco and other antioxidants. Read more about how antioxidants work
4) Have a good night sleep. Lots of research suggest that sleep is critical for boosting your memory because sleep-loss impairs memory consolidation. The more you learn the more you need to sleep. For examples, babies sleep so much because everything is new to them and they need to process that information during their sleep. 33 top tips on good sleep
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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
Moringa tree – perfect nutrition for everyone
Meet the moring tree, the most important tree on this planet with the most amazing properties – that ancient medicine claims that prevenst 300 diseases. New evidence and preliminary studies on moringa oleifera suggest that moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition and a host of many illnesses (cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, ulcers, anemia, high blood pressure, stress, and much more). Moringa tree contains a perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins (at least 90 nutrients, 20 amino acids, 46 anti-oxidants (which boost memory – but the highest content of antioxidants have chaga mushrooms) and 36 anti-inflammatory) for everyone, especially for the ones who need extra energy boost and are leading busy lives.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
We are delighted to announce that our spd rdng (speed reading) courses are now CPD accredited. The two-day speed reading course gives you 14 CPD points. One-day speed reading courses depend on the number of teaching hours.
Saturday, January 11th, 2014
We were led to believe that stress is bad for us and can affect our performance. And it is, when you think that way. The new science reveals that stress is a natural response to challenge. The way we think and act about stress can build our stress resilience.
Watch this enlightening TED talk about how to deal with stress that can help you understand and appreciate stress more and live longer (if not save your life).
Monday, December 16th, 2013
If you ask a human and a computer both to read a single page of natural language, the computer wouldn’t have a chance. But if we ask both a human and a computer to read 200 million pages, a human wouldn’t have a chance.
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Over 14m USD was paid for the most expensive book at the moment (at New York’s Sotheby’s) which is Bay Psalm Book which was published in 1640. Only 1700 copies of the psalm book were published by settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts and currently there are only 11 copies in existence. The book has 300 pages. Only manuscripts and hand written books were more expensive. In 1994, Leicester Codex (writings and notes made by Leonarda Da Vinci in XVI century) fetched 30.8m USD.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
There are only two types of fuel your body can convert into energy: carbs/sugar, or fat. Again, ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. And a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs. It’s a super-brain food. Other super-brain foods
While your brain is quite happy running on glucose, there’s evidence suggesting that ketone bodies may actually help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in (new research suggests that eating coconut oil can help with Alzheimer’s disease). Interestingly, the mechanism of this MCT-ketone metabolism appears to be that your body treats MCTs as a carbohydrate and not a fat. This allows the ketone energy to hit your bloodstream without the normal insulin spike associated with carbohydrates entering your bloodstream. So in effect, coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate when it comes to brain fuel.
How much coconut oil might you need? The recommendation is to start with one teaspoon, taken with food in the mornings. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate about four tablespoons. It’s best to take it with food, to avoid upsetting your stomach. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Kindle has probably the biggest selection of ebooks at the moment but there are at least 20 other ways to purchase ebooks, digital comics and etextbooks online
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Some books are summarised with the title as this publication The Drugs Don’t Work by Professor Dame Sally Davies who is a chief medical adviser to the UK government on health issues. Her findings are very simple: “We are losing the battle against infections diseases. Bacteria are fighting back and are becoming resistant to modern medicine. In short, the drugs don’t work.” Hence the title “The Drugs Don’t Work.” Her best and most important advise is to wash your hands properly. (Her second tip is to stop demanding antimicrobial medicines when we have a viral infection and to raise awareness of the threat of antimicrobial resistance). Read more about the importance of reading summaries
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Starting with this cool Chuck shelves: the six very flexible plywood planks (4mm thick) that can bend around your possessions – ideally books (to the tune of €850:).
And follow this link to see the largest collection of the best and most interesting bookshelves in the world. If you’re a book-lover it’s a feast for the eye and the mind. This one below is my favourite, since I only own ebooks now (read how I digitised all my library).