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Ken Wilber Stops His Brain Waves That's right, Ken can stop his brainwaves on demand. Actually—and in a more serious vein—this is the famous EEG machine recording where Ken enters various meditative states, one of which is a type of "thoughtless," "image-less," or "formless" state, whose correlate is that his brainwaves come to an almost complete stop, as clearly recorded on this portable electroencephalograph (EEG) machine. (This video is discussed in One Taste, April 10 entry.) We asked Ken to do a short 10-minute commentary on these various meditative states and the corresponding brain-wave patterns that are shown on the EEG machine in the video. If nothing else, seeing somebody's brainwaves flatline in about 4 seconds is a sight not easily forgotten! More seriously, as Ken often says, "If you want to know God, you've got to get your brain out of the way first. Ken Wilber Stops His Brain Waves
Meditation found to increase brain size Kris Snibbe/Harvard News Office Sara Lazar (center) talks to research assistant Michael Treadway and technologist Shruthi Chakrapami about the results of experiments showing that meditation can increase brain size. People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don’t. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. In one area of gray matter, the thickening turns out to be more pronounced in older than in younger people. “Our data suggest that meditation practice can promote cortical plasticity in adults in areas important for cognitive and emotional processing and well-being,” says Sara Lazar, leader of the study and a psychologist at Harvard Medical School. The researchers compared brain scans of 20 experienced meditators with those of 15 nonmeditators. Study participants meditated an average of about 40 minutes a day. Controlling random thoughts Slowing aging? Meditation found to increase brain size
Three months of intense training in a form of meditation known as "insight" in Sanskrit can sharpen a person's brain enough to help them notice details they might otherwise miss. These new findings add to a growing body of research showing that millennia-old mental disciplines can help control and improve the mind, possibly to help treat conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). "Certain mental characteristics that were previously regarded as relatively fixed can actually be changed by mental training," University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson said. "People know physical exercise can improve the body, but our research and that of others holds out the prospects that mental exercise can improve minds." Paying attention to facts requires time and effort, and since everyone only has a limited amount of brainpower to go around, details can get overlooked. "Your attention gets stuck on the first target, then you miss the second one," Davidson said. Meditation Sharpens the Mind Meditation Sharpens the Mind
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Scientific Communication | Learn Science at Scitable What information should you include in an abstract, and in what order? How can you get your message across in an oral presentation — with or without slides? How much text is acceptable on a poster? In this area of the site you will find dozens of resources to help you master scientific communication. Scientific Communication | Learn Science at Scitable
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Research and Academia : Valarm Research and Academia : Valarm KML exported directly from Valarm instantly produces compelling 3D visualizations using Google Earth. A powerful research and data collection tool since it integrates a variety of sensors: temperature, humidity, CO2, VOCs, switches, potentiometers, and electrical resistance. Sensors built in to mobile devices are also supported: GPS, accelerometer, light sensor, microphone, camera, 3G/4G, WiFi. Data can be collected at customizable time intervals (e.g., every 5 seconds or every hour) depending on the phenomena you are studying. Any combination of sensors are simultaneously available during data collection. Valarm use cases:
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Sir Francis Galton, FRS (/ˈfrɑːnsɪs ˈɡɔːltən/; 16 February 1822 – 17 January 1911) was an English Victorian polymath: anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician. He was knighted in 1909. Galton produced over 340 papers and books. He also created the statistical concept of correlation and widely promoted regression toward the mean. He was the first to apply statistical methods to the study of human differences and inheritance of intelligence, and introduced the use of questionnaires and surveys for collecting data on human communities, which he needed for genealogical and biographical works and for his anthropometric studies. He was a pioneer in eugenics, coining the term itself[1] and the phrase "nature versus nurture".[2] His book Hereditary Genius (1869) was the first social scientific attempt to study genius and greatness.[3] Biography[edit] Early life[edit] Louisa Jane Butler Middle years[edit] Francis Galton Francis Galton
ECONOMIC POWER AND THE CORRUPTION OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM – Censored Notebook Jeremy Cloward, Ph.D. Diablo Valley College “To understand what goes on in the world today, it is necessary to understand the economic [forces] that stand behind the political events.”[1] -Kwame Nkrumah, Leader of the Gold Coast & Ghana (1951-1966) Dr. Cambodia then entered into one of the darkest periods in human history. Today, it seems that the United States government has lost its “moral direction.” Throughout this time-period, government decision-making by each branch of government has shown a disregard (or lack of understanding) for the Constitution. “The president is to be commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States. In other words, congress was given the power to raise, fund and regulate the military while the president of the United States, by Constitutional configuration (Article II, Section II, Clause I), is only to be the “commander-in-chief” of the military “when called into the actual service” of the country. ECONOMIC POWER AND THE CORRUPTION OF THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM – Censored Notebook
A Secret to Creative Problem Solving Ever find yourself going over and over a problem in your business, only to hit a dead end or draw a blank? Find an innovative solution with one simple technique: re-describe the problem. "The whole idea behind creative problem solving is the assumption that you know something that will help solve this problem, but you're not thinking of it right now," explains Art Markman, cognitive psychologist and author of "Smart Thinking." Put another way, your memory hasn't found the right cue to retrieve the information you need. Changing the description tells your mind that you're in a different situation, which unlocks a new set of memories. Ask yourself two questions: 1. Instead, think more abstractly. Take vacuum cleaner filters, for example. James Dyson realized that the problem was actually about separation, or separating the dirt from the air, which doesn't always require a filter. Related Video: Dermalogica's Jane Wurwand on the Creative Process 2. Related: 5 Ways to Boost Your Creative Power A Secret to Creative Problem Solving
An introduction to user research techniques — Government Service Design Manual An introduction to user research techniques — Government Service Design Manual Accessible Media Player by Nomensa The timeline slider below uses WAI ARIA. Please use the documentation for your screen reader to find out more. This guidance provides a broad overview of the methods and techniques available to conduct user research. More detailed guidance on each of these techniques can be found in the links below. User research can be categorised into 2 broad themes – product research and strategic research. Product research Product research can incorporate both qualitative and quantitative techniques. Qualitative techniques are intensive and often small scale. Quantitative techniques involve higher-volume research, and include online surveys, face-to-face interviews, and involve a structured approach to data collection and analysis. Product-based research can be conducted in-house or via a specialist agency. Strategic research Secondary data, also known as desk research, can be used, and involves the analysis of existing research or information sources. Research methods
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Searching: Top Tips | Study Skills for 6th Form Searching: Top Tips | Study Skills for 6th Form Useful hints and tips when searching If your book is written by someone with a common surname, add their initial or first name to limit your results, e.g. Smith, RichardLimit your search further by using the ‘Refine My Results’ option on the left of the screen. Boolean searches – AND, OR and NOT You can use boolean operators such as AND, OR and NOT to refine your results by combining or limiting search terms. AND will return you all the results from both keywords Search: milk AND sugar OR will return you results from either keyword Search: milk OR sugar NOT will give you results for the first keyword but not the second Search: milk NOT sugar Combine OR and AND for more effective searching Search: (milk AND sugar) OR (lemon AND sugar) Did you know? Wildcards Using * (the asterisk symbol) will allow you to search any deviation of your keyword Quotation marks Using ” ….” will allow you search just for those actual words or phrases.
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A few weeks ago I (Jo Boaler) was working in my Stanford office when the silence of the room was interrupted by a phone call. A mother called me to report that her 5-year-old daughter had come home from school crying because her teacher had not allowed her to count on her fingers. This is not an isolated event—schools across the country regularly ban finger use in classrooms or communicate to students that they are babyish. This is despite a compelling and rather surprising branch of neuroscience that shows the importance of an area of our brain that “sees” fingers, well beyond the time and age that people use their fingers to count. In a study published last year, the researchers Ilaria Berteletti and James R. Booth analyzed a specific region of our brain that is dedicated to the perception and representation of fingers known as the somatosensory finger area. Give the students colored dots on their fingers and ask them to touch the corresponding piano keys: Math Teachers Should Encourage Their Students to Count Using Their Fingers in Class
Have you ever said or thought any of the following? “They just add all the numbers! It doesn’t matter what the problem says.” Then you might be interested in trying out numberless word problems with your students. In essence, numberless word problems are designed to provide scaffolding that allows students the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the underlying structure of word problems. Get started by reading my initial post introducing numberless word problems. Problem Banks My latest endeavor is creating small banks of numberless word problems related to each of the CGI problem types. Addition and Subtraction Problem Types Multiplication and Division Problem Types Other Pumpkin-Themed Problems – Designed for grades 3-5Trick or Treat – Halloween-themed problem ideal for grades 4-5Three Problems – Each ends with a sample list of questions that could be asked about the situation. Blog Post Collection Would you like to hear how other educators have used numberless word problems? Numberless Word Problems | Teaching to the Beat of a Different Drummer
More Lessons Learned from Research, Volume 1 Edited by Edward A. Silver and Patricia Ann Kenney Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice in Today’s Mathematics Classroom What we discover in research should influence how we teach in our classrooms. To help teachers even more, these articles have been chosen for their relevance to the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice in the Common Core State Standards. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, approaches, and settings, including— a case study of a third-grade teacher who sought to create a math-talk learning community in an urban classroom;an examination of middle school students’ problem-solving behaviors from a reading comprehension perspective;a meta-analysis of the effects of calculator use in K–12 classrooms;an exploration of the strategies that high school geometry students employ when using a dynamic software program; andan analysis of a professional development initiative designed to help teachers select and implement cognitively challenging tasks.
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OpenData Maps, GIS & Geospatial Data - City of Spokane, Washington What IS GIS? A GIS (Geographic Information System) is a computer system capable of assembling, storing, manipulating, and displaying geographically referenced information, i.e. data identified according to their locations. Simply put, a GIS combines layers of information about a place to give you a better understanding of that place. The layers of information you combine depends on your purpose. Some common examples would include: finding the best location for a new store, analyzing environmental damage, viewing similar crimes in a city to detect a pattern, and so on. Internet Mapping The City of Spokane provides access to GIS and map information via the Internet through its interactive mapping tools. Printable Maps Official City Map (PDF 7.5 MB) Includes detailed street names and indexing, topography, parks, hydrography, and landmarks. This is not a legal document: The information and maps shown on this web site are compiled from various sources and subject to constant revision.
The KU Work Group offers a variety of publications to support the work of promoting community health and development. The selected articles and book chapters below illustrate our group's work in developing frameworks and practical methods for participatory evaluation, intervention research, and application with community initiatives. Community Health Assessments and Improvement Plans The Work Group employs a multi-method, collaborative approach to assessing community needs and resources and planning for community health improvement. Community Health Assessments Douglas County Community Health Assessment (pdf) Geary County Community Health Assessment (pdf) Wyandotte County Health Assessment Report (pdf) Community Health Improvement Plans Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County (pdf) Frameworks and Models for Building Healthier Communities Building Healthy Communities[Citation] [PDF] Building Multisectoral Partnerships for Population Health and Health Equity[Citation] [PDF] Publications | Work Group for Community Health and Development
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