A Simple Way to Mind Read

A Simple Way to #Mind Read
When I wish to find out how wise, or how stupid, or how good, or how wicked is any one, or what are his thoughts at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face, as accurately as possible, in accordance with the expression of his, and then wait to see what thoughts or sentiments arise in my mind or heart, as if to match or correspond with the expression.
— Edgar Allen Poe, "The Purloined Letter"

The above is from a story where a schoolboy reverse-engineers the psychology of others. He mimics their facial expressions to tune in to how they are thinking. This practice gives him a sixth-sense that helps him win guessing games.

We now have scientific evidence to show this technique can work. A recent paper by Paula Niedenthal of University of Wisconsin shows why it does. 

In short, our expressions mirror our thoughts and feelings – and our expressions also trigger thoughts and feelings. It works both ways.

When you match the expressions of those you interact with, your experiences, thoughts, and feelings become more like theirs. Then, you have access to almost psychic insights about your interaction.


The above article was written by Josiah Hultgren, Founder of MindFullyAlive. The neuro-exercise above is by Mark Robert Waldman.  


Fashioning the Face: Sensorimotor Simulation Contributes to Facial Expression RecognitionWood, Adrienne et al.
Trends in Cognitive Sciences , Volume 20 , Issue 3 , 227 - 240

The faces we make are external representations of what we feel inside. There’s something to the idea that this also works in reverse and if you make an emotional expression, the associated emotions will follow.

New Headphones Zap You to Get You High on Music

.@nervana_us Headphones Zap Your Vagus to Get You High on #Music

We've all experienced feeling high on music. When the perfect song plays at the perfect time, you can experience a sense of euphoria. Now NERVANA can help you gain and amplify that sense by creating a more stimulating listening experience. Literally.

In addition to music, NERVANA headphones send synchronized, low-power signals through your ear-canal to stimulate your vagus nerve. This collection of nerves play a role in the release of dopamine. When you get a hit of dopamine, you feel amazing. Dopamine is the “feel-good” chemical that the brain releases to motivate and reward you when you take part in activities like having sex or eating a delicious meal.

The CEO of NERVANA explained in an interview:

There’s an electrical signal that’s paired with music. It follows the beat of the music, and it makes it really pleasant. Through a conductive earbud, it sends a message through the vagus nerve in your ear, which sends a message to the brain to release dopamine, your feel-good neurotransmitter that naturally occurs in the brain.
— Ami Brannon, CEO of NERVANA

The headphones have three different modes:

  1. Music 
    The headphones synchronize the nerve stimulation with your music. 
  2. Ambient
    This mode is designed with live concerts in mind. The headphones stimulate the vagus in synchrony with ambient noises. 
  3. Formula 
    You get stimulated without music.

NERVANA debuted at CES and won the Techstars award for Lifestyle and Digital Health

The headphones were crowdfunded through Indiegogo. Backers are estimated to receive their headphones by August 2016 for a cost of $289.

The above article was written by Josiah Hultgren, Founder of MindFullyAlive.

A Simple Way to 3x Your Chances of Reaching Your Goals

How to Increase Your Odds at Reaching Your #Goals 300%

The written content of the post was authored by best-selling author and neuroscience expert, Mark Robert Waldman. It is posted with his permission.

Psychologist Heidi Grant recommends using if/then planning to improve performance and increase your chances of reaching your goals by 300%. 

If/then plans work, she says, because they “are built into our neurological wiring.” This kind of thinking helps “people decide exactly when, where, and how they will fulfill their goals,” providing powerful triggers for taking action. 

She recommends using these three styles of if/then thinking:

  1. Replacing 
    “If I start to engage in an unproductive behavior (procrastinating, worrying, stressing out, etc.), then I will do _______________.” Choose an activity that will interrupt it (relaxing, focusing on your values, seeking advice from a colleague, etc.)
  2. Ignoring
    “If I feel the urge to ________, then I’ll ignore it.”
    This form of thought suppression has been proven to be very effective.
  3. Negating
    “If I slip into a bad habit (over-working, over-eating, etc.), then I’ll choose to interrupt it.” By consciously making this type of commitment, you are more likely to remain on track.

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