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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Research shows People learn new information more effectively when brain activity is consistent

People learn new information more effectively when brain activity is consistent, research shows
People are more likely to remember specific information such as faces or words if the pattern of activity in their brain is similar each time they study that information, according to new research from a University of Texas at Austin psychologist and his colleagues. (source: )

Strange for some reason I though that if you had a different pattern when you were learning information that this would mean you were more likely to remember the information.

Cartoon by Bill Browning, from his webpage:



There was a similar study that showed that chess players aren't any better at remembering random things. That is if the chess pieces are re-arranged random, the chess player and the non chess player had difficulty remembering it.


BTW how strong of a chess player are you?

Wayne said...

Hi Israel,
I have never heard about that study you are talking about. What I have heard is that the best chess players in the World have a part of their brain which is more developed than most of us. There was one player at the chess club who could play a bunch of us at one time and not even look at the board and still beat us all! Amazing!

Israel, in the United States they use a different rating system than in Canada which you can read about here:

I had the best tournament of my life in an Open tournament here in Edmonton a couple of years ago it was the National Championship,where even Grandmasters played, I finished with a rating for that tournament
which corresponds to a National Class B rating in the United States Chess Federation (1600-1799) which makes me a
"Strong Tournament Player" for that tournament.

I finished in 150th place in Canada in that tournament:

I have short-term memory problems which makes playing chess difficult.

I don't play tournament chess anymore because I was being criminally harassed by a psychologically-disturbed person named Ford Wong ,in the Alberta Chess scene. What is really sad is he was harassing players in this National Championship as well. As if any of these players being harassed will ever come back to Edmonton.

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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.