Monday, November 28, 2011

"Way out in the water / See it swimmin'?"

Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions | DISCOVER Magazine


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There is a looming chasm between what your brain knows and what your mind is capable of accessing. Consider the simple act of changing lanes while driving a car. Try this: Close your eyes, grip an imaginary steering wheel, and go through the motions of a lane change. Imagine that you are driving in the left lane and you would like to move over to the right lane. Before reading on, actually try it. I’ll give you 100 points if you can do it correctly.
Related personal anecdote: I have a friend that worked at a local market all through our high school years. He could tell just by looking at the bar code on a lottery scratch ticket whether it would be a winner or not. He looked at every one he sold, and every one that came back a winner until he learned to recognize the winners.

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