Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Hmmm, seems like there could be some other side effects too, similar to what others have reported...

Dual N Back

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I feel that I'm at bit of an impasse with trading at the moment, I had intended to just take quite a short break from it after seeing the previous trading strategy wasn't suited to part-time trading.  The plan was to have explored some new ideas by now, the break has turned out to be longer than I'd thought, I've had a few other things happening meantime, including a promotion.

Mrs PositiveDeviant goes to a guided meditation class and I went along on sunday out of curiosity and we were taught a visualisation technique to use to find an answer, so my question was concerning what I needed to do next regarding trading and during the visualisation the word "Apply" appeared inside a book on a table in front of me, we were told someone may appear sitting next to us at the table and speak or help in some way, and whilst someone appeared they didn't do or say anything at all.  Afterwards this made sense since it's not someone else that needs to "apply".  I took the lack of action by the person that appeared, combined with the word in front of me to be an implied message from them - Apply yourself.

I'll have a brainstorming session at some point soon, I'm sure that will give me some new directions for my trading.

I've also just recently started using something called Brain Workshop, a game based on scientific research.   Recent scientific studies show that improvements can be made in fluid intelligence - the ability to creatively solve new problems.  This is something quite new in science since it's been a long established "fact" that fluid intelligence is a fixed parameter that cannot be altered via training.  The original study by Suzanne M Jaeggi - ;

(Here's a short extract)

"Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory
Fluid intelligence (Gf) refers to the ability to reason and to solve new problems independently of previously acquired knowledge. Gf is critical for a wide variety of cognitive tasks, and it is considered one of the most important factors in learning. Moreover, Gf is closely related to professional and educational success, especially in complex and demanding environments. Although performance on tests of Gf can be improved through direct practice on the tests themselves, there is no evidence that training on any other regimen yields increased Gf in adults. Furthermore, there is a long history of research into cognitive training showing that, although performance on trained tasks can increase dramatically, transfer of this learning to other tasks remains poor. Here, we present evidence for transfer from training on a demanding working memory task to measures of Gf. This transfer results even though the trained task is entirely different from the intelligence test itself. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the extent of gain in intelligence critically depends on the amount of training: the more training, the more improvement in Gf. That is, the training effect is dosage-dependent. Thus, in contrast to many previous studies, we conclude that it is possible to improveGf without practicing the testing tasks themselves, opening a wide range of applications.

Fluid intelligence (Gf) is a complex human ability that allows us to adapt our thinking to a new cognitive problem or situation (1). Gf is critical for a wide variety of cognitive tasks (2), and it is considered one of the most important factors in learning. Moreover, Gf is closely related to professional and educational success (36), especially in complex and demanding environments (7). There is considerable agreement that Gf is robust against influences of education and socialization, and it is commonly seen as having a strong hereditary component (289). Gf can be compromised as seen in the effects of certain manipulations that threaten one's group membership (10). But can Gf be improved by any means?""

Further info on dual n back training here

I definitely feel that things are working better "upstairs" since I started the dual n back training.  Although it's tough, it seems to be worth persevering with.  Susanne Jaeggi, the principal author of the above paper features here;

One of the side effects is that I am dreaming A LOT more and I had a really fun lucid dream recently.


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The den of tranquility

I spotted this in an art shop recently and had to buy it as soon as I laid eyes on it;

Fittingly it's called Tranquility

It's by David Lee (A Chinese-American artist), and fits well in my "Den"

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Just a quick apology to my regular readers, I know I haven't been posting so much recently, this is down to a lack of time.  I got a promotion at work recently (different work entirely) so my focus is mainly that way inclined at present.  I fully intend to get back to my analysis and trading (I really miss it), but will only trade once I am confident I have a new edge to play with, and I fully intend to create one.