Here’s one we prepared earlier

This week’s edition of New Scientist has a cover article outlining a number of try-it-yourself experiments that give you an insight into the cognitive science of the mind and brain.

Hang on a minute, that sounds familiar.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and if so, the British science weekly have just paid a huge complement to Tom and Matt.

The NewSci article has six sections, each covering different areas of neuroscience, and each of which uses at least one example that appeared in the Mind Hacks book, and in some cases several. Here’s the overlap:

NS: Seeing isn’t believing
MH: Hack #17 Glimpse the Gaps in Your Vision
MH: Hack #18 When Time Stands Still
MH: Hack #49 Speech is Broadband Input into Your Head
MH: Hack #59 Hear With Your Eyes: The McGurk Effect
MH: Hack #53 Put Timing Information Into Sound and Location Information into Light

NS: This is not my nose
MH: Hack #63 Keep Hold of Yourself
MH: Hack #64 Mold Your Body Schema

NS: A Brain of two halves
MH: Hack #69 Use Your Right Brain – And Your Left, Too

NS: Probe your subconscious
MH: Hack #80 Act Without Knowing It

NS: Pay attention!
MH: Hack #36 Feel the Presence and Loss of Attention
MH: Hack #40 Blind to change
MH: Hack #41 Make Things Invisible Simply by Concentrating (On Something Else)

NS: Made-up memories
MH: Hack #85 Create false memories

Actually, several of the NewSci sections have completely new examples and have otherwise added updates with the latest scientific findings. A few discuss areas untouched in the book, but mainly they cover the same ground.

If you’ve got the book already, it’s an interesting update with some new experiments to try. And if you haven’t, it’s like the book, but shorter.

In fact, some of the article text mirrors the flow of the book rather closely. And not even a favourable nod to Tom and Matt. Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

Sadly, the article isn’t freely available online, so you’ll have to buy a copy to have a look.

UPDATE: Grabbed from a comments, feedback from the author:

Yes, Mind Hacks was a major inspiration for this article. But there’s loads of new stuff in there too. And it does give a nod to Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. That’s why it says at the end “Further Reading: Mind Hacks: Tips and tools for using your brain, by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb (O’Reilly 2006).”

Keep up the good work!

Thanks Graham. Unfortunately, the Further Reading section doesn’t appear on the online version, which is why I missed it.

Link to Scientific American. Petty, I know.
Link to NewSci article. The world is at peace.

One Comment

  1. Graham
    Posted September 20, 2007 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Yes, Mind Hacks was a major inspiration for this article. But there’s loads of new stuff in there too. And it does give a nod to Tom Stafford and Matt Webb. That’s why it says at the end “Further Reading: Mind Hacks: Tips and tools for using your brain, by Tom Stafford and Matt Webb (O’Reilly 2006).”
    Keep up the good work!
    Graham Lawton,
    New Scientist.


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