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Dominate Social Media, the 5-Second Conversion Window, & More – Roger’s Picks

Here’s some of the best stuff I found since last week… add your own great find in a comment! […]

By |June 6th, 2014|

Can Neuro-Music Boost Your Productivity?

Work environments today are noisy and distracting. As Maria Konnikova writes in a recent New Yorker article, open office plans are a big culprit. One study describes the effects of open environments as “damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.” One effect of open environments is that now many office workers sport headphones and use music to reduce distraction levels.

Music isn’t necessarily a panacea for increasing productivity; it can be a distraction itself. Konnikova cites a study by psychologist Nick Pelham that showed music impaired the mental acuity of his subjects. But one company, focus@will, claims to have the solution. They produce music tracks they say have been optimized for allowing the listener to focus and concentrate. […]

By |January 9th, 2014|

The Branded Mind by Erik du Plessis

Book Review – The Branded Mind: What Neuroscience Really Tells Us about the Puzzle of the Brain and the Brand by Erik du Plessis.

If you are tired of pop psychology and fluffy neuro-books, then The Branded Mind by Erik du Plessis is for you. This is a book with voluminous research and serious thinking about how brands embed themselves in our brains. […]

By |November 18th, 2011|

What Your Dog Can Teach You About Customers

Dogs have many attributes we’d like to see in our customers – they are completely loyal, usually enthusiastic, and are always happy to see us. That might be too much to hope for from our human customers, but […]

By |November 19th, 2010|

Free Website Heat Map

Last week at Pubcon, I had the honor of sharing a “mini-keynote” session with landing page guru Tim Ash of SiteTuners. Tim mentioned an interesting heat map simulation tool from his company, AttentionWizard. […]

By |November 16th, 2010|

Six Selling Secrets From Magicians

If you think that magicians and neuroscientists have little to talk about, you’d be wrong: both deal with issues like attention and consciousness, albeit in a different way. And, as it turns out, marketers can learn from both […]

By |November 4th, 2010|

No-Attention Branding

Advertisers strive to maximize attention and engagement. They want people to remember seeing their ads. They want maximum brand recall. But it’s possible to have marketing impact without ANY of those things. […]

By |September 23rd, 2010|

Neuroscience and Magic

Magic tricks have entertained people for centuries, if not millenia. They startle and surprise the audience because the trick generally accomplishes something that appears to be impossible – a ball disappears when tossed in the air, a tiger materializes in an empty cage, and so on. Most magic tricks exploit limitations in human perception: when we are watching the magician’s right hand, we think we know what his left hand is doing but more than likely our brains are simply filling in the blanks for us. Surprisingly, until recently scientists have largely ignored the insights into perception and cognition offered by magic. It turns out that understanding why magic tricks work may help both neuroscientists and even marketers. […]

By |August 3rd, 2008|