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National Science Week. Textile neurons created by Rita Pearce and Pat Pillai.

National Science Week

Neural Knitworks is a collaborative project about mind and brain health. Whether you’re a whiz with yarn, or just discovering the joy of craft, now you can crochet wrap, knit or knot—and find out about neuroscience. Neurons are electrically excitable cells of the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The billions of neurons in your body connect to each other in neural networks. They receive signals from every sense, control movement, create memories, and form the neural basis of every thought.

Neural Knitworks invites you to create textile neurons that will contribute to a travelling art exhibition. The Design Journal. EditorsPaul Atkinson, Sheffield Hallam University, UKRachel Cooper, Lancaster University, UK Associate EditorLouise Valentine, University of Dundee, UK Editorial AssistantKirsty Christer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK Co-FounderJack Ingram, Birmingham City University, UK.

The Design Journal

Psychologist John Cacioppo explains why loneliness is bad for your health « News & Events « Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology. Everyone knows what it’s like to be lonely.

Psychologist John Cacioppo explains why loneliness is bad for your health « News & Events « Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology

It often happens during life’s transitions: when a student leaves home for college, when an unmarried businessman takes a job in a new city, or when an elderly woman outlives her husband and friends. Bouts of loneliness are a melancholy fact of human existence. But when loneliness becomes a chronic condition, the impact can be far more serious, says John Cacioppo, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois. Cacioppo studies the biological effects of loneliness, and in a steady stream of recent papers, he and collaborators have identified several potentially unhealthy changes in the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems of chronically lonely people. Their findings could help explain why epidemiological studies have often found that socially isolated people have shorter life spans and increased risk of a host of health problems, including infections, heart disease, and depression.

The news isn’t all bad, however. PsycNET - Display Record. The Journal of Modern Craft. 1) Manuscript Submissions Should you have an article you would like to submit, please write to Stephen Knott at stephen.knott@network.rca.ac.uk. 2) Exhibition Reviews Please contact Elissa Auther for consideration for review in The Journal of Modern Craft.

The Journal of Modern Craft

Email: eauthuer@uccs.edu 3) Book Reviews Please contact Joseph McBrinn for consideration for review in The Journal of Modern Craft. Collaborative Craft Capabilities: The Bodyhood of Shared Skills. Buy & download fulltext article: Abstract: With the rise of the Internet, skills, patterns, and ideas are being shared more widely among people engaged in the crafts, which seems to break with some of the underlying assumptions about the lone genius craftsman.

Collaborative Craft Capabilities: The Bodyhood of Shared Skills

Co-design Communities Online: Turning Public Creativity into Wear. Author: Wu, Juanjuan Source: Fashion Practice: The Journal of Design, Creative Process & the Fashion, 1 May 2010, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 85-104(20) Publisher: Buy & download fulltext article: The full text article is temporarily unavailable.

Co-design Communities Online: Turning Public Creativity into Wear

Knitting Nan becomes a real star. Knitting Nannas outside Thomas George's office.

Knitting Nan becomes a real star

Clare Twomey says her son was "really proud" when he learnt his mother had been arrested. Her step-grandchildren "thought it was really good fun" that Nan had been arrested for trespass and ignoring police orders to stop knitting at a protest against coal seam gas mining in northern NSW last year. The charges against Ms Twomey, the founder of Knitting Nannas Against Gas, were later dismissed, and the run-in with the law has not dampened the 48-year-old's enthusiasm for knitting and protesting. How creativity and craft are tackling dementia ... one stitch at a time. Napkin Project artist Deirdre Nelson with one of the dementia care home residents.

How creativity and craft are tackling dementia ... one stitch at a time

Photograph: Jim Wileman The napkin. HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT. Craft and making. Art and social practice. QAGOMA Blog.

Everyday creativity

Research Professional Sign-in. Heirarchy of needs. Objects. Embodied cognition. ‎www.bayrose.org/AandS/handouts/reticella_rev.pdf. The Relation Between Everyday Activities and Successful Aging: A 6-Year Longitudinal Study. Seniors who play video games report better sense of emotional well-being. New research from North Carolina State University finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being.

Seniors who play video games report better sense of emotional well-being

Researchers asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games, if at all. The study participants then took a battery of tests to assess their emotional and social well-being. 61 percent of study participants played video games at least occasionally, with 35 percent of participants saying they played at least once per week.

The study found that participants who played video games, including those who only played occasionally, reported higher levels of well-being. Those who did not play video games reported more negative emotions and a tendency toward higher levels of depression. "The research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning," says Dr. Discovering Holistic-Dynamic Needs beneath a Rigid Pyramid. This paper was published in the August/September 2008 issue of "Association of Humanist Psychology Perspective" and is posted here with the permission of the publisher and author. For usage rights, please contact the author through the "contact us" link.

Abraham Maslow's proposed theories of self-actualization and human needs served as cornerstones of humanistic psychology and revolutionized psychology in the second half of the 20th century (Cox, 1987; ITP, 2007). College texts for courses in marketing, management, and psychology represent interpretations of Maslow's ideas to the point of cliché. Executives in the boardroom use a pyramid representation of Maslow's needs theory to show how they will target customers and motivate employees. Motivational speakers and religious gurus use the pyramid to guide people toward their potential. Accidental Revolution Misinterpretations from beneath a Pyramid. Creative connections3.qxd. 01_Industrial design. Textile futures: the living shoe and the strawberry plant that grows lace. "We tend to work in the year 2050," says Carole Collet, who founded the Textile Futures course at Central Saint Martins 10 years ago.

Textile futures: the living shoe and the strawberry plant that grows lace

It keeps me sane. This book is has its origins in the The Everyday Creativity of Women Craftmakers, a narrative research project exploring the roles and meanings of craftmaking in women’s lives. Made By Hand. Stitchlinks.com. Threads and Yarns. 13 July 2011.

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Garments of Paradise. Craft research: Textiles as agent for wellbeing.