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How do you identify Cognitive Weaknesses?

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#1 jroseland

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 03:00 PM

I'm wondering what the brain training protocol would be for addressing specific cognitive weaknesses? 

Neuroscientists have identified eight specific executive functions...

  1. Workspace Focus

  2. Updating & Workflow

  3. Attention Shifting

  4. Workspace Erasing

  5. Inhibition & Self-Control

  6. Workflow Output

  7. Set Switching

  8. Mindware Strategies

Let's say a person knows that they have a real problem with Attention Shifting - switching from focusing and working on one thing to something else...
Is there a specific brain training protocol they could use to address this? I'm imagining that it would be something like...
  1. Write down your cognitive weakness. Write down examples of them...
  2. Write down work tasks in which your weaknesses manifest.
  3. Do brain training just prior to something that's going to challenge your cognitive weaknesses.
  4. Do the challenging tasks
  5. Write a journal about doing the challenging tasks
  6. Followed immediately by a meditation session 
Also, are you aware of any surveys that people could do to credibly identify their cognitive weakness? Obviously there a ton of pop psychology surveys out there but I'm wondering if there's anything you think is really legit for professional development.

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#2 gamesguru

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 11:44 PM

i'm self-conscious so it isn't hard

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#3 RYAN474

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 01:43 PM

Fwiw, I recently listened to this podcast with the researcher and creator of quantified-mind.com.  Your question would be an interesting one to run by him. 


Here is the podcast. 



I don't know if the assessments on quantified-mind.com address all of that list of specific executive functions, but Yoni Donner may have insight or be able to point in the right direction. He is doing a lot of ongoing research in this area, collaborating with various universities using his assessments from quantified-mind.com. 




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