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Baristas etc. who must remember multiple orders, got any memory tricks?

I want to volunteer in a cafe or lunch club for at least 3 months, partly from believing in the causes of the ones I am applying for, and partly because I need a current reference (we all do things for a mix of altruistic and self-interest reasons I guess). A couple of weeks ago while with a group someone took an order for 8 teas or coffees in their head including whether sugar or not and milk or not and I was mightily impressed! I'd like to be able to learn this with hypothetical orders friends throw at me for practice, and then demonstrate my ability at an interview for a voluntary job, but I need to know the memory techniques that make it possible. Baristas or chefs etc, how do you remember multiple things without constantly referring back to paper? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Jul 6, 2016 - 7 answers

Keep that sword sharp!

How do I keep growing while working a boring desk job? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on May 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Can an animal understand a rhyme

Can any animal understand a rhyme? Different animals can process different things that we consider part of normal cognition. What about rhymes? Have there been studies done to see which species agree with humans that certain human words rhyme? Can my cats appreciate that I rap for them
posted by Greg Nog on Jan 6, 2015 - 21 answers

Book recommendations on how the brain impacts the body

I'm interested in learning more about the science of mind-body connections, especially in the mind-impacts-body direction. For example, I'm curious about how mental exertion can lead to physical fatigue, or how an emotion can trigger physical symptoms in the body (such as indigestion from stress). I'm looking for an interesting and accessible book on this topic, if one exists. [more inside]
posted by ootandaboot on Nov 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Summer research grants / scholarships for science undergraduates?

What are some non-institution-specific scholarships or grants for someone who wants to do primate research this summer? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Feb 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Primer on the workings of cognition-affecting chemicals

Neuropharmacologyfilter. Brief me on the practical basics (and the theoretical rudiments) of what it means to have a chemical in one's "system." [more inside]
posted by foursentences on May 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Role and efficacy of hand "scribing" in learning

Is there any research either supporting or negating the importance of manual symbol making in learning? I'm thinking that manual symbol making, going back to diagrams in the earth, must be a well evolved capability, and that when we write something down all sorts of neural pathways are employed, and that those pathways and associations facilitate learning. [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on May 20, 2012 - 2 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Mental Fitness

How do I get myself in shape mentally? If I spent my life on the couch eating junk food, you might recommend running, weight lifting, a healthy diet, or yoga to get me in shape. Well, I have spent my life drinking beers, smoking weed, and watching mind numbing television. How can I get myself in shape mentally? [more inside]
posted by kaizen on Dec 28, 2011 - 31 answers

How can I write code with a diet brain?

How can I get through an adjustment period of dopeyness at the beginning of a permanent diet change? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Mar 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Earworm tuned to 11

I'm looking for a word that describes consistent loops of music in one's head. Not just earworms, though of course earworms are part of it. I'm talking about a radio station in your head which plays a song more often than you ever heard in actual audio life. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot on Sep 28, 2010 - 8 answers

How Do Animals Recognize Members of Their Own Species?

Most animals don't recognize themselves in a mirror. Yet, they obviously can recognize another member of their species. E.g., if you have a cat for a pet, and introduce a new cat into the mix, both will likely do more than just notice each other. Same with dogs. Cats, dogs, et al, are able to tell the difference between cat, dogs, et al. Obviously, this ability to distinguish members of your own species works out nicely, especially for breeding purposes. But, how does it work? How does the old cat in the house know that the new addition is also a cat and not a small rabbit?
posted by justcorbly on Jul 18, 2010 - 17 answers

When do needs become "special"?

Can a line be drawn between learning disabilities and "plain old low intelligence?" [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Apr 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Help a workaholic have a productive break.

I am working on a PhD in music theory and cognition. I hate wasting time, but sometimes my brain needs a break from reading/writing/listening/analyzing. Help me create a list of films and documentaries that relate in some way to my field so that I can stare at a screen sometimes and still feel like I'm feeding my unquenchable desire to learn about music and mind. [more inside]
posted by nosila on Nov 1, 2009 - 15 answers

What's the best way to test cognitive function, inexpensively, privately, and repeatably?

What is the best way to test cognitive function, inexpensively, privately, and repeatably? I'm looking for some semi-objective means of evaluating different tweakings of my head-med cocktail for Adult ADD and Depression. (I am experimenting under the care and guidance of a physician and am reasonably well versed in the pharmaco-kinetics and -dynamics of my meds -- so please note that I'm not soliciting advice concerning the dangers of making one's own medication decisions.)
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 - 10 answers

creativity, cognition and the book

I'm working on my PhD in artists' books at the moment. Recently, pursuing aspects of creativity from a cognition-and-creativity viewpoint has become interesting to me. I need a toehold on the science, here. [more inside]
posted by aesop on Mar 3, 2009 - 5 answers

Math basics need be strengthening

In need of some daily source of random math problems (upto basic calculus) that will reinforce or (if necessary) re-establish some real fundamental concepts in the algebra portions of calculus, unless something else might work. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Feb 11, 2009 - 4 answers

How/can I learn to write and think faster?

Can I learn how to write and think faster? Any tips you'd suggest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 - 9 answers

How to read music when you can't

What's my brain missing that prevents me from being able to (ever) read music? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr on Oct 26, 2008 - 31 answers

Does Image Alignment Affect Perception Consistently?

In an image like this, does the alignments of the faces affect the viewers' perceptions or opinions of the people, and if so, does this cognitive bias for or against left or right carry over even to images where the faces are the same (Ie: "I think both people on the left side of either image look more trustworthy.")? Does the alignment of a single subject and addition of negative space also have an affect ("The woman in the second image looks meaner.")? I'm not so much asking for a referendum on these particular examples as I am curious about any empirical studies or statistics relating to this topic. Thanks!
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Sep 27, 2008 - 2 answers

"Brain Training" via videogames: breakthrough or big lie?

Brain Training Games like Brain Age are a big hit lately -- Do you think they actually improve cognition? [more inside]
posted by phylum sinter on Sep 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Starting a PhD, time to start a lab notebook?

I'm about to embark on a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (imaging genetics, to be specific). It's going to be a long 4 years, is keeping a lab notebook going to ease the discomfort? [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan on Apr 28, 2008 - 18 answers

Help Me Name My Major

Name-my-major, Hivemind. So I go to an unusual school in that we don't have clear-cut majors, and we basically pick an area of "focus". I'm actually currently (unofficially) studying my own brain, because it's strangely hampered in certain capacities (like the process of reading music, despite being very musical and understanding cognitively exactly what's going on), or performing basic math (despite endless repetition). It's also weirdly bolstered in other regards: I have an unbelievable propensity for forming the visual "distortions" one might associate with hallucinogens. [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized on Mar 13, 2008 - 14 answers

I'd like some advice about preventing

I'd like some advice about preventing "regression" in the ability to speak a foreign language. If I am away from communicating in a foreign language for a few days, it feels like I might have lost it. That's because when I start speaking, I don't feel like I can get into it. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Oct 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Make the demons in my head go away

How do I get terrible images and memories out of my head? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2007 - 30 answers

How do I improve my ability to form mental images?

How do I improve my ability to form mental images? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Dec 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Purple Haze All In My Brain

From the age of 17 until about 30, I was doing alot of 'partying', enough binge drinking and bong tokes to have surely killed a lot of brain cells. Currently I may go out hard like once every two months. I always partied like a rockstar, and have probably 'forgotten' more wild nights than my tamer aquaintances have probably ever experienced. I am not exactly proud of this. And now, after all these years of neurological irresponsibility, I seem to be walking around in a constant cognitive haze. Some days are better than others, but for the most part, I feel like I just woke up, feeling groggy, all day long. A kind of perma-fog. All of my cognitive functions seem to be a little numbed. My question for all the neurologists out there is what is causing this post-hangover fog on my brain, will it ever go away, and what can I do to lift it away. Do I need to get a B12 injection, eat lots of fish, lay off the sauce, or am I simply going to be in this purple haze forever.....
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 3, 2006 - 30 answers

You've hit it on the head...

Toddler capabilities. What are 14- to 18-months old capable of doing with regard to physical safety? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jul 16, 2006 - 17 answers

Human vs Animal Brains:

What experiments have been carried out where animals perform better than us at particular cognitive tasks? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 9, 2006 - 13 answers

Me, Myself, and Eye

What if there was a video game you could play only by moving your eyes across the screen? What sort of game would this be? [more inside]
posted by Laugh_track on Feb 17, 2006 - 28 answers

How do people with little/no language skills process information/think?

How does a deaf person, without reading or writing skills, process information? Years ago, I worked with a wonderful man, who was developmentally disabled, knew only a few rudimentary ASL signs, but was able to perform activities of daily living very well. What are your ideas about his thought processes? [more inside]
posted by jsteward on Nov 23, 2005 - 18 answers

Why Whitey Can't Integrate

Does a person's native language affect their cognitive skills and thinking patterns? [more inside]
posted by kcm on Nov 22, 2005 - 48 answers

Are mental blanks normal?

Are mental blanks normal? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Jul 21, 2005 - 31 answers

Are traditional books inherently better than audio books?

Books v Audio Books: What is the unique value of the work of reading? [more inside]
posted by peacay on May 25, 2005 - 23 answers

Brain workouts

I want to cultivate some good mental exercising habits. For that, I need some good, diverse sources for puzzles and activities. Specifically, I'm looking for, preferably free, sites with a decent database of verbal, logical, spatial, lateral thinking games. The format can be flexible, so crosswords are included. Also, games that test and hone reflexes and reactions are also welcome. Additionally, ADHDers are also advised to stimulate the cerebellum. Any help on that? Basically, I'd like a list of resources for complete brain workout, that can be performed atleast once every day. Obviously, I'm not looking for one site to include all of the above.
posted by Gyan on Apr 20, 2005 - 25 answers

What is Interesting?

What makes something Interesting? [more inside]
posted by JZig on Apr 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Where are our lines?

One of my bright fourth-grade students asked me something she said has been bugging her for a while: "Why don't people have lines? Like in the cartoons?" Not as in lines of dialogue; lines in the drawing, to mark our feature. [more inside]
posted by argybarg on Mar 24, 2005 - 45 answers

Why does everything have an aura when I look at it?

In good light, when I look at a blank white sheet of paper the edge of the right looks like RGB colors seperating. Red, then yellow, then the white sheet itself. If I look at the left edge, it appears slightly blue. What is wrong with me?
posted by Keyser Soze on Dec 5, 2004 - 12 answers

What on earth is going on in children's heads?

What on earth is going on in children's heads?

I have no memory of being a child, and certainly none of what sort of things I thought about when I was a kid. As an adult, I see kids do inexplicable things and wonder just how the heck they thought to say/do such strange things; and I see kids witness/experience things that they have no framework whatsoever for understanding.

What goes on in a kid's brain? Is it noise, is it long ponderings, is it blank, is it confused, etc. Any idea what "it sounds like" inside there? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Dec 1, 2004 - 60 answers

Is there a term for unbidden standard thoughts? Can I train myself to stop thinking them?

When I perform some everyday tasks, or walk past certain locations, I think the exact same things every time. It isn't just me, is it? Is there a term for these unbidden little standard thoughts, and can I train myself to stop thinking them? [examples inside] [more inside]
posted by jack_mo on Dec 15, 2003 - 13 answers

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