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Alena Holligan

@sketchings

sketchings.com
PHP Teacher at Treehouse

PHP Users Group Leader

Women Who Code Leader
Exploiting the Brain
for Fun and Profit
Two Truths
Everyone is the same
Everyone is different
MOST IMPORTANT TOOL
Sleep
Physical: Food & Exercise
Knowledge
Managing Information
YOUR BRAIN
READ ALOUD
enthusiastic
motivational
fascinating
enjoyable
fun
humorous
useful
beneficial
simple
profitable
valuable
easy
REARRANGE SENTENCE
talk this beneficial is fascinating
PRIMING
ELDERLY PRIMING
Words: Old, Gray, Florida
Significantly longer to walk to
the elevator
Done on psychology students
Did the priming influence
you? NO
Why? Make things up
We don’t say “I don’t know”
instagram.com/ginalee/
The Brain Makes Things Up
WE DON’T EVEN
REALIZE IT!
I’m always right. 

I remember things wrong.
How do we use this to our
advantage?
SLEEP
-Leo J. Burke
"People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have
one."
Question:
How much sleep do you get?
SLEEP EXPERIMENT
5 days mimicked
Alzheimer's
hallucinations and
paranoia
30% loss in cognitive
ability after 1 night
Physical Affects: blood
pressure, immune
system, body temp
Factor to obesity
trouble metabolizing glucose
feel hungry
get cravings
longer to feel full
DIDN’T FEEL IMPAIRED
Some people need less
insomniac gene
Probably NOT You!
ANALYZE
How much do you need, sleepcycle.com
Wake up at the same time everyday, even weekends

- go to bed when you’re tired
Go to bed at the same time everyday

- wake up without an alarm
Write down how you feel, multiple times

- both physically and emotionally
morning lark (1/10)
night owl (2/10)
play to your
strengths
When are you
at your best
SLEEP HACKS
90 minute cycles
Create a routine
Turn off electronics or f.lux
Stop caffeine
Cool and Dark
Room/Bed is Sacred
SOUND
SMELL
Quick Tip
NAPS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE
26 min nap = 34% improvement ~ army
PHYSICAL
Food & Exercise
-Bill Phillips
"Food is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in
America, and exercise is the most potent yet
underutilized antidepressant."
FOOD AS FUEL
Brain adores glucose
2% of mass
20% of energy
Your brain needs fat
Balance: carbs,
proteins and fats
Supplements
Caffeine and Alcohol
are drugs, use carefully
WHY EXERCISE
improves blood flows
clears waste
improves performance
actually makes brain bigger
Exercise for 75 minutes to maximize mortality
reduction per minute 20%
Walking Desks
Walking Meetings
Boeing
Mayo Clinic
Start your day with Yoga
Quick Tip
Power Poses
Amy J.C. Cuddy
Knowledge
-Heraclitus
“The only constant is change”

(especially on the internet)
LEARNED
Use multiple modalities
Attention needs engagement
Elaborate, Meaningful, Context
Stories and Examples
INTEGRATED WITH EXISTING
KNOWLEDGE
Make it yours - do something with it
Teach
REMEMBERED OVER
TIME
Forgetting stuff is a feature not a bug
Take frequent breaks
Follow up
Spaced Repetition

- Increased knowledge and retention

- Timing is key

- Information decay

- computers can help

- The Mnemosyne Project
DEPLOYED AS BEHAVIOR
Have the right attitude
Make it a habit - habitica.com
Quick Tip
Make up a crazy story
Managing Information
new languages
new technologies
new approaches
books
articles
blogs
podcasts
twitter
conferences
Bombarded
with
Information
overload
Continuous Partial
Attention
We can’t multi-task
Cell phones prove this
EMAIL IS LIKE GAMBLING
variable reinforcement
ATTENTION IS PRECIOUS
Be Selective
Information Diet
Selective Ignorance
Pick something you care about
Skim the rest
Use your friends
Prune Aggressively - if you’re note reading it delete it
Turn off Interruptions
TV
Email
Facebook
Cell Phone
Productivity
Inbox Zero (declare bankruptcy)
Getting Things Done (GTD)
Pomodoro Technique (Agile)
Quick Tip
External Brain
Capture ideas to generate more ideas.
We Forget. No, you wont remember.
Computers Don’t
Paper Doesn’t Either
Wiki is a great tool for
teams
Final Review
Location, Location, Location
Mindfulness
Try new things
Quality over Quantity
Write it down
Breathe
Balance
-Ralph Keeney, Duke University
America’s top killer isn’t cancer or heart disease, nor is it
smoking or obesity. It’s our inability to make smart
choices and overcome our own self-destructive behaviors.
Choose One Small Step
Today
Resources
BOOKS
Predictably Irrational
A Whole New Mind
Getting Things Done
Your Brain: The Missing Manual
Pragmatic Thinking and Learning
Brain Rules
Mind Hacks
Sway
Nudge
Drive
WEBSITES
brainrules.net
lifehacker.com
43folders.com/izero
mindhacks.com
Alena Holligan

@sketchings

sketchings.com
PHP Teacher at Treehouse

PHP Users Group Leader

Women Who Code Leader

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