Boost Your Focus: Here’s 1 Easy Way!

Fit Brains Pomodoro Focus Technique and Timer

Does your focus wane during tasks sometimes? You aren’t alone!  Some of us, here at Fit Brains, use the Pomodoro Technique, a popular time management technique developed by Francesco Cirillo. It’s designed to keep your mind fresh and focused so you can finish tasks faster.  And, it’s supposed to help your concentration. Bet we have your attention now, don’t we?

How To Apply The Pomodoro Technique

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1. Pick a task or project
2. Get rid of all distractions (eg. Phone, email)
3. Set your timer for 25 minutes
4. Work until you hear the timer
5. Take a break for 5 minutes
6. Mark a check on a piece of paper
7. Repeat steps 3-6 four times
8. Then take a break for 15 – 20 minutes

The Pomodoro Timer

In the 1980s, Cirillo used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato to complete the drill and maintain concentration, hence the name Pomodoro (Italian for “tomato”). Nowadays, you can use apps like the Pomodoro Keeper (IOS), Marinara Timer (web), Simple Pomodoro (Android) and Focus Booster (Windows, Mac and web) to time your Pomodoros.

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Can Machines Have Feelings?

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Of course not is the intuitive and immediate answer that this question would most likely get. But let’s not be so fast. There is a field in computing called Affective Computing whose goal is to create machines that can detect and interpret human emotions. It uses the appraisal theory of emotions as its guide. This theory is one of the most influential theories of emotions and it is able to bridge the gap between emotions and the symbolic reasoning process favored by the builders of artificial intelligence (AI).

Appraisal Theory

According to the Appraisal Theory, humans determine how they feel about a certain event and entity using a series of template evaluation process. First, we evaluate how novel or familiar something is. Then, we weigh how likely it is to cause a positive or a negative experience in congruence with our goals. Then we evaluate our coping potential: can we influence and control it, can we change it in ways that makes it beneficial to us. Our brains ultimately translate this series of evaluations into a certain feeling towards the event or entity. If it is something familiar, pleasant, reasonably controllable, and congruent with our goals, we are likely to experience positive emotions towards it. If it is something new, unpleasant, out of control, and incongruent with our goals, we are likely to hate it.

So What Does This Mean For Machines?

If the emotional process can be broken down into a series of evaluations with more or less binary outcomes (novel/familiar, controllable/uncontrollable, etc.), then these operations can be performed not just by a human but by a machine too. If we could develop algorithms parallel to the process human brains use to make decisions about familiarity, valence, controllability, and goal congruence, the process through which an emotion is created can be performed by a machine.

Admittedly, we are a long way from the moment when a machine will feel happy or scared, but the Appraisal Theory of emotions provides a roadmap for how we can teach machines to process human emotions.

Stay tuned to learn how machines can learn to detect and interpret human emotions.

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Do Your Brain A Favor And Quit Your Job!

How a new job can give your brain a boost!

Quit your job! Quit your job? Bold advice, but according to some experts, it might be what your brain needs!  However, before you start picturing yourself in sweatpants with a remote in hand, the story does not end by quitting your job only to laze away your days. Sorry to disappoint. Let’s rephrase this.  Quit your job and get a different job!  But wait, why should I quit a job that I know how to do and am perfectly good at only to have to learn a new job?  Because doing something new and challenging for your brain is good for it.

A recent article published in The Atlantic Magazine, presents the case for how quitting your job in order to challenge yourself with a new job that comes with new training and new skills can help keep your brain challenged and stimulated, which is good for your brain (and your satisfaction with life in general) in the long run.  While it sounds intimidating (not to mention a lot of work to quit one job only to find another one), according to the article, “But, if you want to thrive in the years ahead, a new challenge, and a new purpose, may be the things your brain needs most.” (Hagerty, 2016) Experts suggest that for many adults, this challenge and purpose can come from their job.

Don’t have a job?  Learning a new skill in general, or taking up a new hobby are other ways you can keep your brain active, challenged and engaged!  Tennis lessons, piano lessons, or a new language, are just a few examples of hobbies that can give you a new lease on life and stimulate your brain too.

Fit Brain’s own Dr. Paul Nussbaum is one expert interviewed for the article.  The author writes, “Paul Nussbaum, a neuropsychologist and co-founder of the brain-training company Fit Brains, notes that after you have mastered a skill, be it balancing the company’s books or (in my case) writing a four-minute radio story, that skill becomes ‘overly learned.’” Nussbaum acknowledges the challenge and stress that can come with learning a new skill, but reassures that “Soon, however, you will develop new neural circuits, and your brain will thank you for the effort.” (Hagerty, 2016)  

So, even if you aren’t inspired to quit your job just yet, we hope this can inspire you to find a way to keep purpose and challenge in your life.  You’ll feel better and so will your brain!   And, if you want to challenge and entertain your brain with much less commitment, try a FREE TRIAL of Fit Brains fun brain games!  Fit Brains games will give your brain “smart” entertainment. Challenge your Memory, Focus, Logic, Speed of Thinking, Language and Visual-Spatial Recognition skills with a Fit Brains FREE TRIAL!

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Reference: Hagerty, Barbara Bradley. (2016) “Quit Your Job”. The Atlantic Magazine. 317(3), 22-24.

Introducing Our New, Fun Brain Game, Guess Who!

We’re excited to introduce our brand new brain game, Guess Who! Delight and challenge your memory! Even better, Guess Who is an exclusive PREMIUM game but to celebrate, you get to play for FREE for 2 weeks!  Start your adventure now!

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How to Play Guess Who?

Memorize these names and faces. Can you remember these faces and set the top score? Play on any web browser at Fitbrains.com or train-on-the-go with our app. This fun memory game will stimulate your ability to remember faces and the names, an important skill for networking and socializing with others.

So what are you waiting for?

Try Fit Brains new Guess Who game today. Sign up for our FREE TRIAL or login to your account!  You’ll have fun while you stimulate your brain and exercise your memory skills!  Don’t wait, Guess Who is only free to play through March 25th!

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Your Brain. It’s what your Valentine wants most!

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Your Brain In Love

Valentine’s Day. Love or loath it? Whatever your feelings are, they come from your brain and not your heart! That’s right, when you are attracted to someone it’s really driven by chemicals in your brain!  

At first, the sex chemicals testosterone and estrogen kick off what we call “lust” for someone.

A trifecta of brain chemicals affect your mood: dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Dopamine, the feel-good, can’t-get-enough, neurotransmitter gets released during the initial ‘I met someone, ooh you’re kinda cute’ stage. The heart racing, butterflies in your stomach, palms sweating early dating phase is due to norepinephrine. It’s responsible for infatuation and excitement. Ever found yourself thinking about your love interest 24/7? That’s due to serotonin.

And when we fall in love, dopamine gets released and makes you crave your love interest. The part of the brain that lights up with cocaine addiction, also lights up with love. It’s no wonder star-crossed lovers are willing to die for each other! In fact, the love drive is stronger than the sex drive! Love is addictive but like drugs, the love high becomes less strong over time. That’s why people can also fall out of love after a few months.  If you do stay together you can thank the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, which when released can make you feel more attached and committed to your partner.

Did you know your brain can also be one of your most attractive assets when you are trying to find that perfect partner?

For all you single men out there, most women want their other half to be equally intelligent, according to an annual Singles in America survey. No mimbos wanted. And, men also want a partner who’s smart and ambitious.  So, forget primping and priming for Valentine’s day. Instead, let your brain do its thing for you!

Need some extra brain stimulation to impress that Valentine?  If you need to give your brain some extra challenge and entertainment, try Fit Brains fun brain games!  And, you can take advantage of our special Valentine’s offer of 60% off a premium subscription, including gifts! 

With Fit Brains you get:

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