Beyond the Limitations of a Post-It Note™ Brain


 

TIME Perception is a factor of Awareness

The more conscious the process,
the longer it seems to take

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Reflections post from the Time & Task Management Series
Part THREE (Part I HEREPart II HERE)

According to Dr. David Eagleman, we humans are more than passive observers where time is concerned. And he should know. The author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, has studied Time perception for well over a decade.

According to his research, we are not merely watching the river of time flow by as if time happened TO us, or we happened IN time. Science is learning that our brains are actively constructing time.

Re-engineering Brain Resources

In Eagleman’s words, It turns out that it has everything to do with novelty, and with how much energy your brain has to expend.

So, when you can predict something, not only does your consciousness not come online, but [the event] feels like it goes by very fast.

In other words, driving to work may seem relatively fast eventually. The first time you had to do it, however, it seemed to take longer because of the novelty, as well as the amount of brain-power you had to burn the first time you did it — before your brain was able to predict much of anything about the trip.

Essentially prediction means that if it’s something you’re doing repeatedly, you’re actually “rewiring” — reconfiguring the circuitry of the brain.

You’re actually moving things into your sub-conscious circuitry, which gives you speed and efficiency, albeit at the cost of conscious access.

So you have to pay a lot of conscious attention if you’re learning to do something new, like playing golf or driving a car.

After a while it’s not necessary, because you’ve changed the circuitry of your brain — no longer at the effect of the conscious awareness of what you’re doing.

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Predict it to Police It, Police it to PLAN it


Post-itsOvercoming the
Limitations of the
Post-It Note™ Brain

A Source of Struggles
in Alphabet City

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Part of ADD Coaching Skills Series

Dr. David Eagleman, author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, has studied time perception for over a decade.

According to Eagleman and his lab, we humans are more than passive observers where time is concerned.

We are not merely watching the river of time flow by as if time happened TO us, or we happened IN time.

As with visual illusions and perceptions, science is learning that our brains are actively constructing time.

Re-engineering Brain Resources

In Eagleman’s words, “It turns out that [time perception] has everything to do with novelty, and with how much energy your brain has to expend.

So, when you can predict something, not only does your consciousness not come online, but [the event] feels like it goes [by] very fast.

  • So, driving to work [seems] very fast; but the very first time you did it, it seemed to take a long time because of the novelty, AND
  • the amount of brain-power you had to burn the first time you did it — before you were able to predict it.

Essentially what prediction means, if it’s something you’re doing a lot, you’re actually reconfiguring the circuitry of the brain.

  • You’re actually getting stuff down into [your brain’s sub-conscious] circuitry, which gives you speed and efficiency, but at the cost of conscious access.
  • So, if you’re learning to do something new, like playing tennis or riding a bicycle or something, at first you have to pay a lot of conscious attention
  • After a while you don’t have to, because you’ve changed the circuitry of your brain — but at the cost of being able to consciously know what you’re doing.”

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Brain Science Podcast: REALLY Good Stuff!



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MORE than Brain Basics

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the Brain Based Resources Series

Are you aware of Dr. Ginger Campbell‘s Brain Science Podcast? If you are not already listening, you are missing an AMAZING resource. The series itself is absolutely free, and can also be downloaded to play on another device without charge. (Donations are appreciated, for those who can swing it).

Don’t Like to Listen?

The transcript of each episode is available in pdf format for a measly dollar, for those of you who prefer to READ (or for those who want them BOTH!)

The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpuf
The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpuf
The most recent 25 episodes are FREE. Additional premium content, including episode transcripts and older episodes, is available via our Premium Subscription Plan. Individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased in the BSP Store. – See more at: http://brainsciencepodcast.com/faq#sthash.LBZA0eOL.dpuf

If you prefer to listen to the interviews, it can be even easier for some of you: THERE’S AN AP FOR THAT!   

You read that correctly – you can EVEN listen on your smart phone. If you want to stream to your cell, the ap is available for an extremely reasonable charge.

In her own words:

On the Brain Science Podcast we explore how recent scientific discoveries are unraveling age-old mysteries, such as intelligence, emotions, personality, and memory. We also look at why the brain is much more complex than any computer yet devised.

Since the podcast launched, I have had the opportunity to interview quite a few leading scientists and writers and the show has been ranked #1 on iTunes™.

There are now over 70+ 96+ 107 112 127 interview episodes available, and the Brain Science Podcast has enjoyed well over 2 million downloads.

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Update: 
Since January, 2014 there has been a slight change, to help Ginger offset web fees and the costs associated with pdf transcription and the production of the podcast.

  • The most recent 25 episodes are STILL free (that’s over two years of free content!)
  • Additional premium content, including access to ALL episode transcripts and older episodes, is available by enrolling in her Premium Subscription Plan.
  • For archived podcasts, individual Episodes and transcripts can be purchased at a VERY modest cost in the BSP Store.  (I happily pay $1.00 for my pdf downloads these days — they’re more than worth it!)
    BSP Store.

So let’s take a look at the kind of interviews she produces.

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