Jan 10, 2014

Think Outside the Box


      The other day I sat in front of the TV and turned it on just to see that the 17th rerun of Keeping up with the Kardashians was on. Since I've basically seen all of the episodes of all of the seasons at least - I repeat, AT LEAST - 3 times already, I said to myself: "Ok, enough with this shit," so I was forced to switch the channel. I was pretty surprised to find out that there actually were other channels like Discovery Science besides E! and Style Network on the TV. And it's a good thing I did because now I'm hooked on the Through the Wormhole show so I have a set of new reruns to watch. I know you're probably thinking: "Nothing on Discovery Science could be as interesting as the Kardashians!" but you're wrong.
      One of the shows talked about TDCS - transcranial direct current stimulation. See, way more interesting than Kimye and baby Nory and Khloe and Lamar drama already! Ok, maybe not quite yet, but I promise you'll be intrigued by the end of this post. Or you won't be and you're a lost cause, but I feel like a total geek at the moment and I have to share this! So what is transcranial direct current stimulation?
      Transcranial direct current stimulation is exactly what the term says - it stimulates the brain in your cranium with direct electrical currents, LOW direct electrical currents. It entails a device which uses two electrodes you put on your head to stimulate different parts of your brain for 30 minutes give or take. At first, they used this procedure to help patients after strokes gain back their language skills faster and those suffering from Parkinson's disease, but why should you, a healthy individual, zap your brain like this? Because TDCS excites your neurons thus helping you think better and faster. Take this exercise for example:
      If you did it, you rule. But if you didn't (and according to statistic data I'm almost sure you didn't), there's a chance a TDCS device would help you solve this problem - with ease. TDCS has no know side effects, it doesn't hurt and you basically don't have to do anything, you just sit there and let your brain get electrified. Figuratively and literally. Military professionals who are trained to read radar images have to train for 200 hours before they reach expert level. They zapped a dude with a TDCS device for a few minutes and he performed on expert level after an hour of training. 200 hours versus ONE hour? Think about how many hours you've LOST trying to force some stupid and useless information in your poor head in high school or college just so you could forget 99 % of it by the end of the year! If only I had a TDCS device back them...
      To have a private TDCS device? I'm guessing you're thinking the same thing I was after watching that show: Sure, TDCS is all fine and dandy, but some highly advanced equipment like this has to be out of my reach. Or better yet out of my wallet's reach. Think again, my friend. You can get it for 249 dollars (183 euros, 151 pounds) here. I sure as hell know what I want for Christmas this year. But since it's a long way till Christmas and holiday season comes again (luckily), I've found a better/cheaper solution: You can make your very own TDCS device yourself! Here's the tutorial and here's one of the guys who made it talking about the increase of his cognitive abilities. It's pretty mind-blowing.
      Then again, I presume (most of) you won't run and make a TDCS device yourself but are very curious about the the connect-the-dots problem, so I solved it for you at the bottom. Because I'm that cool and I have awesome brain power? Sadly, no. I've seen the solution on the show. After watching that many hours of the Kardashians, my brain's a dud and is therefore in no shape to solve exercises like this - that's exactly why I NEED to make myself a TDCS gadget ASAP. Although I do have to tell you one more thing: After receiving transcranial direct current stimulation, only about 40 % of people solve the dot problem. I guess you can improve your cognition to a certain point, but when it comes to the ability of thinking outside the box, you either have it or you don't. Do you?


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26 comments:

  1. I love it, dear! <3

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  2. Haha, I guess I don't have it...sigh.
    But wow, that's some really cool facts! I think much more interesting than the Kardashians ;)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  3. Ah, I love such kinds of brain calisthenics and I have already knewn the task you show here! And I´m sure as you are really clever you would have been discovered the solution by your own!

    Such tasks show us really how far we can get if we think outside the box :) Thanks for this great post <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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    1. Thanks for believing in me, babe. But I'm afraid you're 'believing in Santa'.:D

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  4. HA! It really is about thinking outside the box! I totally want one. I'm not on the Kardashian train, never have been, but I'm sitting here watching Top Model and calling it educational because I do outfit pictures.... how's that for delusion. ;) Really, this was a way interesting post and now I have my xmas list made for next year!

    xo Ashley
    thetiniestfirecracker.com

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  5. This is a cool post
    sometimes you really have to try new things.
    As for me,
    I've had enough of the Kardashians already... please!
    I might as well watch Duck Dynasty:)

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  6. I could have posted the first comment but was tired and couldn't think of how to relate my experience and not sound like a braggart - and unfortunately still can't. I was handed this puzzle 40 years ago with that clue that gives everything away: "Think outside the box". I solved it on the first try in less than 30 seconds. Now, decades and untold numbers of deceased or disconnected neurons and pathways later, with senior moments on the increase, I wonder what the benefits of TDCS zapping would have on me? Would I be able to recoup my former state of being a smartass from my current one of being a dumbass? Would I get a beneficial effect (like in the movie "Charlie") and would it last? The experience sounds electrifying!

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  7. Sorry for not checking your blog! I've been so busy! I love these kind of games. I am always good at it :). Plus I absolutely love your hair!!

    xo

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  8. Ok stop. Your nail polish matches your pen. That's some serious coordination/matching ability. I also just really really really like you as a blonde!

    xoxo
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  9. Haha, I've never been able to solve this one! You really do have to think outside the box ;) Fun post, as always! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  10. this is awesome, i love these kind of games, although i am pretty bad in solving them....
    xoxo

    www.mychoicebysorana.blogspot.ro

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  11. I'm going to pass on the dots, but I do love your nail polish color ;-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  12. Hey darling!
    I'm back on blogging now!
    Thank you so so much for all your comments!
    muah*
    mariana

    http://asouthbreeze.blogspot.pt/

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    1. You're welcome, babe.;) And it's good to have you back!!

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  13. oooh.. I am not good at those "thinking games" but this one I actually solved! outside the box .. ha ?? :)
    your nail polish, pink lips and your cool blondy hair cut are so fav! love it!!!!

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  14. well, I don't have such channels on my tv but luckily no Kardashians channels either, haha. I know nothing about them and don't care anyway. but it does sound like something pretty interesting. TDCS, I mean, not the Kardashians of course :D and I must say I love it how your nails match the pen. such a cool effect! and I like your hair too (sometimes I dream about shorter hair...).

    Maiken,
    Maikeni blogi - part of me

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    1. Hey, I say cut it - it grows back so fast anyways. And short hair is really freeing. Not this this is short hair in my opinion thought, I've had much much shorter hair.:)

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  15. Hi Peet! Well, I didnt know about it and I couldnt either solve the problem..maybe I need it too!:) Though, I believe that you have to be born with the ability of thinking, it couldnt come after. I saw the video and the DIY..lol it scares me a bit!:) They didnt show the result btw..!! Thanks for the solution, now I got it!:) And dear, you look great, love your cardi and nails!:) Have a goodnight!:*

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  16. I tried it, gave up after about four tries with my finger on the screen hahaha! I kept getting one stupid dot left behind. BTW I think you know already how much I love that you love the Kardashians. I love them too but since the E channel got cut from our package the last episodes I watched was when they took that vacay to the Maldives and Kim lost a diamond earring after getting tossed into the water and cried about it LOL. And the wedding too. I saw that. Lately I've been obsessed over adventure/mystery/treasure/myth documentaries. Totally my guilty pleasure. Just watched one about pirates treasure and this dude Kid's buried treasure worth 15 million. I want to go to an Island off Vietnam now so I can go search for it. Wanna join me lol?

    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Fuck yeah!! When do we leave? And more importantly - where do we meet??:D

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  17. This frustrated me lol, cute pictures Peet, you are gorgeous.
    xoxo

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  18. I have to confess: i was obsessed with this for a while, but I gave up and checked the answer! I guess The Kardashians have fried my brains too...

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  19. Well like you dear friend I'm an avid watcher of anything Kardashian so my brain definitely needs a bit of excitement, however I'm not sure how I got through university because my concentration span is not very impressive. I've never heard of TDCS so thanks for introducing it. It seems like one of those things I would encourage my grandma to use to keep her brain cells ticking over but given I'm getting older, I should probably consider it too. Judging by the balls of screwed up paper though, I'm assuming it's quite frustrating and I don't handle frustration very well eeek!

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    1. I get easily frustrated too when I feel my intelligence is compromised.:D And since you've mentioned it, I should get that TDCS helmet for my grandma too...

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  20. Holy Molly, I printed that one out actually (you probably noticed a time on page increase via Google Analytics, that's me re-drawing the dots and not scrolling down, btw)... and I couldn't manage it as I thought that you also couldn't overlap the strokes (and clearly you can - see reading instructions is probably not one of my strong points). So yeah, I am the average dumbo I guess. Or even worse than that -considering that it actually took me the longest of times (aka to watch like 20 reruns) to finally understand why Kardashians are that popular. And on the 21st rerun I understood why while I was on the treadmill at the gym. Watching the Ks just makes me feel good when I work out and that's all there is to it. It's pretty genius actually.
    Thanks for the test btw!

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