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Press Release: February 23, 2006

Mind Performance Hacks: Master the Art of Mental Performance

Sebastopol, CA--Remember where you put your glasses, reduce the clutter in your mind, sharpen your decision-making skills, and turn "stage fright" into a strategy for success. You can learn tricks to master all this and more from Mind Performance Hacks (Hale-Evans, O'Reilly, $24.99 US).

The author calls this fascinating and useful book "a course in martial arts for the mind," and each of his "hacks" (from the techie's term for a clever way to get something done) provides a stimulating, fun, and useful way to exercise and strengthen your mind for practical purposes.

Through 75 stand-alone hacks, most of which you can do with nothing but your brain or perhaps a pen and paper, you will learn to:

  • Use mnemonic tricks to remember names, numbers, dates, and more
  • Perform complex math without a calculator, with your fingers, or on the back of a napkin
  • Spark your creativity with innovative brainstorming methods
  • Capture new ideas before they get away
  • Communicate in creative new ways
  • Make better decisions by foreseeing problems and finding surprising solutions
  • Improve and maintain your mental fitness with cool tricks and games
  • Sequel to the bestselling "Mind Hacks," which showed you how the brain works, "Mind Performance Hacks" shows you how to make it work better. When you can count to a million on your fingers (Hack #40, which, according to the author, is "the mental equivalent of breaking a stack of bricks with your hand"), you, too, will be a master of the mental arts.

    Additional Resources:

    Mind Performance Hacks
    Ron Hale-Evans
    ISBN 0-596-10153-8 308 pages, $24.99 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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