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CultureLab: Parenting tips from neuroscience Linda Geddes, reporter How to Persuade Your Toddler to Eat Spinach might have been a catchier title for this book, which tackles the fascinating subject of child brain development from infancy through to adolescence. Written by the former editor of Nature Neuroscience and a professor of neuroscience at Princeton University, Welcome to Your Child's Brain provides an authoritative overview and is also littered with practical tips for parents. Among the advice are insights on how to get your child to sleep (small children quickly associate particular cues with sleep, so establish a regular bedtime routine); improve their vision (children who spend more time outdoors are less likely to be short-sighted, possibly because bright light helps the eyes to develop); and promote the development of obedience and moral behaviour (warm and sensitive parenting produces more obedient children than strict parenting, because these children want to please their parents).
“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need.” ~From the movie Fight Club, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk Researchers have found that low self-esteem and materialism are not just a correlation, but also a causal relationship where low self esteem increases materialism, and materialism can also create low self-esteem. The also found that as self esteem increases, materialism decreases. The Consumer Paradox: Scientists Find that Low Self-Esteem and Materialism Goes Hand in Hand | The Daily Galaxy: News from Planet Earth & Beyond
Your brain is a complex organ. It is the controller of your body, your thoughts, your state of mind and your ultimately your life. There are some who abuse it, some who under- use it, and some who overuse it to the point of meltdown. In this article we'll look at dozens of tactics that will help you maintain your brain into old age and help to increase your mental agility and cognitive development.
Your Brain Knows a Lot More Than You Realize | Memory, Emotions, & Decisions Meanwhile, a similar story was unfolding oceans away. During World War II, under constant threat of bombings, the British had a great need to distinguish incoming aircraft quickly and accurately. Which aircraft were British planes coming home and which were German planes coming to bomb? Several airplane enthusiasts had proved to be excellent “spotters,” so the military eagerly employed their services. These spotters were so valuable that the government quickly tried to enlist more spotters—but they turned out to be rare and difficult to find. The government therefore tasked the spotters with training others.
Mind & Brain::Head Lines::January 23, 2012:: ::Email::Print See Inside A stutter indicates a massive change in brain wiring that affects more than just speech By Carrie Arnold Put on a pair of headphones and turn up the volume so that you can’t even hear yourself speak. For those who stutter, this is when the magic happens. Stuttering Reflects Irregularities in Brain Setup
WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ IN THE NEXT PARAGRAPH IS COMMONLY BELIEVED, BUT NOT TRUE – You read by recognizing the shapes of words and groups of words. Words that are in all capital letters all have the same shape: a rectangle of a certain size. This makes words displayed in all uppercase harder to read than upper and lower case (known as “mixed case”). Mixed case words are easier to read because they make unique shapes, as demonstrated by the picture below.
psychological facts One of your facts says that if you dream about someone, it was because they though of you, but I beg to differ. Last night I had a dream of me and Austin Powers. (The Mike Meyers character) soooo. yeah. you fail. attention people of the world: stop saying the word “fail” and thinking you’re superior for using a meme from 2004 I don't understand how you're being called a troll for just posting and reblogging facts. I also do not understand why people are spending so much energy saying mean or rude things to you, when if they don't like what you post, they could be looking at a blog that they actually enjoy, or doing something of production.
Inherent human vulnerabilities need to be taken into account when designing security systems/processes, suggests a study that looks at a dozen confidence tricks from the UK TV show The Real Hustle to determine recurring behavioural patterns con artists use to exploit victims. The study was a collaboration between Frank Stajano of the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and Paul Wilson, writer and producer of the aforementioned TV show (Wilson was an IT consultant for twelve years before moving into entertainment). The seven principles of human behaviour that con artists exploit, according to the article: The distraction principle: While you are distracted by what retains your interest, hustlers can do anything to you and you won’t notice.The social compliance principle: Society trains people not to question authority. Seven Psychological Principles Con Artists Exploit
Step into any bar or party and it won't take you long to spot her. She's the woman with the ringing laugh, the daring clothes, the magnetic appeal that has drawn a circle of admirers around her. If the room were a solar system, she would be the sun—and at the outer reaches, you notice, are several other women seated quietly in her shadow. Why does this woman command all the attention?
Avoid Distractions! Now! How can we more effectively avoid short-term temptations to achieve long-term goals ? Two leading researchers argue that framing our goals with "width" and "consistency" makes a big difference. Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago) and Benjamin Converse (University of Virginia) argue that the necessary first step to overcoming temptation is to identify a conflict between potential temptations and higher-order (often longer-term) goals. Of course, the notion of a temptation is always relative to current goals. Temptation in this regard is a moving target. What was a temptation today can be a goal tomorrow.
It's a Small World... Don't Burn Bridges Because we live in such a small world, it is critically important not to burn bridges - no matter how tempted you might be! You aren’t going to like everyone and everyone isn’t going to like you, but there’s no need to make enemies. For example, when you look for your next job, it’s quite likely that the person interviewing you will know someone you know. In this way your reputation precedes you everywhere you go. This is beneficial when you have a great reputation, but harmful when your reputation is damaged.
Peace of Mind: Near-Death Experiences Now Found to Have Scientific Explanations Mind & Brain::News::September 12, 2011:: ::Email::Print Seeing your life pass before you and the light at the end of the tunnel, can be explained by new research on abnormal functioning of dopamine and oxygen flow By Charles Q. Choi NEURAL NIRVANA: Although the specific causes of this part of near-death experiences remain unclear, tunnel vision can occur when blood and oxygen flow is depleted to the eye.Image: Neil T/Flickr Near-death experiences are often thought of as mystical phenomena, but research is now revealing scientific explanations for virtually all of their common features.
"There is another world, but it's inside this one" -Paul ?uard Do the Celestial Crawl On a cloudless warm night, walk around until you can put a nearby building or tree very close to a bright star in the eastern sky. Now lay on the ground and move yourself until the corner of the building or the top of the tree just BARELY covers that star. Wait a moment. The star will reappear.
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