It's all about constraints.
A blank document on google docs or Grammarly is a document full of potential.
It could be the worst thing you write or the best-written word humans have ever seen.
Mar 15 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
I just edited 50 "colours" to "colors". When I finished, the word "color" seemed wrong and alien.
This is called semantic satiation.
Repeated exposure to a word desensitizes the brain and starts feeling unfamiliar. The word is represented by a neural firing pattern. Overexposure leads to repetitive firing. Then the neurons stop responding to the word. This is called reactive inhibition.
Jan 17 • 7 tweets • 2 min read
4 tips to improve memory and confidence in memory in everyday life
-It's a common problem
-It's based on beliefs like "I suck at this" or "I'm only good at that."
-It's a practice-based skill
-Confidence in memory as important as actual memory capacity
1. Remember all your OTPs
-Use chunking (split the number into groups of 2 or 3)
-Everyone has meaningful numbers: bdays, scores, height, weight, money, dates. Identify them to process the random numbers better.
-Don't rely on copy-paste or auto-fill options
Jan 10 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
The greatest professional skill in a post-chatGPT world is going to be:
Asking the right questions.
Knowing where to ask them.
So, fantastic questions and where to ask them.
This is a good thing. The human brain's strongest memory system is visuospatial memory. Music, memory, environmental simulation in the brain, space, time, language is all spatial mapping.
We understand navigation and locations very well, literally and metaphorically.
Dec 20, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
1 trick to know a good decision from a bad decision 🧵
Ensure you make the same decision during a "hot state" and a "cold state."
Otherwise, your decision is influenced by unrelated biological factors.
We show a hot-cold empathy gap 👇
We have a "hot-cold empathy gap" - a hot body state affects decisions differently from a cold state, and we underestimate its influence and difference
🥵Hot states are anger, hunger, excited, tired
🥶Cold states are calm, satisfied, low-key
Both states steer decisions.
Dec 12, 2022 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
You may have heard of the zero-sum game: Someone's loss is your gain. It's cited as an economic concept. For every + there is a -.
But there is something deeper than that. I call it the "symmetry heuristic"
The symmetry heuristic: People use symmetry to complete the picture, and make guesses.
1. If a product is really good, it must be expensive. 2. If a medicine is really effective, it must have brutal side effects. 3. If I am going to say sorry, you have to too.
Dec 9, 2022 • 12 tweets • 2 min read
I don't get writer's block and there is always material for the future. For the first time in 3 years, I can say this.
Sharing tips from experience, YMMV
1. Figure out the scope and start reading weeks in advance.
-helps you incubate ideas and articulate them better.
-prevents you from digressing too much
-make an outline and fill in the blanks, when you revisit, it'll feel easier to pick up where you left off
Dec 5, 2022 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
Are you selling something? Are clients unsure of its quality?
Use the Effort Heuristic
People use the effort it takes to make something as an indicator of its quality
More effort - more quality
Low effort - low quality
Here's how to use it for better sales
If you are selling art 1. Make videos showing how much work goes into it 2. Use time-lapse and sped-up videos to show progress 3. Describe the resources you use and what they cost 4. Show why those resources are worth it for quality
Oct 26, 2022 • 11 tweets • 2 min read
You'll make a killer app if it serves 6 psychological functions.
1. A security blanket
The app makes the user feel safe and comforted when they are feeling bad about something.
E.g., photos, social, pinterest
Oct 8, 2022 • 6 tweets • 1 min read
If your work breaks are not restoring your attention, check if they meet these 4 criteria: 1. Fascination 2. Distance 3. Extended engagement 4. Psychological compatibility.
Assuming you don't have time or interest to sleep or sit idle!
1. Fascination is when a person is motivated to engage in something without feeling any effort (like looking at a new gadget).
Oct 2, 2022 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
Common Uncertainty Reduction Behaviors - and how they cause more anxiety.
The last 3 tweets explain precise alternatives.
1. Looking up symptoms online when you feel something is off (cyberchondria) - When you get an answer, there is more anxiety.
-Is this real?
-What if my case is different?
-How bad can it get?
-What should I eat/drink/do now?
-Should I take a pre-emptive medicine?
Aug 17, 2022 • 10 tweets • 2 min read
My fav productivity hack: prospective memory
Prospective memory is a mental reminder to remember something.
-making mental notes
-remembering to remember
-self instrucrion "remind me later"
Aug 4, 2022 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
Mental health problem-solving based on AVOIDING the "Maslow's Hammer" trap
- If you only know how to use a hammer, everything will look like a nail.
@Flipkart@flipkartsupport@FlipkartStories You may be one of the most unethical companies! Here's my story. E-commerce #harassment and #fraud.
My story: I bought a laptop for 1.05 lakh from flipkart. Delivery location Pune. I open it on July 4. It is broken. How they send a faulty 1lakh product is beyond me.