US shutdown: 10 unexpected consequences 4 October 2013Last updated at 04:15 ET By Tom Geoghegan BBC News, Washington A closed sign on national parks and monuments across the US is the most visible consequence of a budget wrangle that has caused large parts of the government to shut down. But what about the more surprising consequences? 1. 7 Books on Music, Emotion &Brain by Maria Popova What Freud has to do with auditory cheesecake, European opera and world peace. Last year, Horizon’s fascinating documentary on how music works was one of our most-liked pickings of 2010. But perhaps even more fascinating than the subject of how music works is the question of why it makes us feel the way it does.
Study Shows College Students are Distracted by Digital Devices in the Classroom The reasons for using digital devices during class time varied. Most (86 percent) said they were texting. Other non-academic activities included checking e-mail (68 percent), social networking (66 percent), surfing the web (38 percent) and playing games (8 percent). Video Tutorials - 21 Accents STANDARD AMERICAN ACCENTDownload the Free Standard American Accent worksheet here!Amy gives a fun, in-depth tutorial series on perfecting your Standard American Accent. SPEAK LIKE AN AMERICAN Join Amy as she explains some of the essentials of sounding like an American. HOW TO LEARN ANY ACCENT (PART 1) STANDARD BRITISH ACCENT TIPDEEP SOUTHERN AMERICAN ACCENT TIPFor additional videos and accent tutorials, visit Amy Walker’s YouTube Channel Get 3 for FREE!
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Phone: A Case For Writing Things Out There’s all kinds of advice across the web about when to use which app for each small thing that needs doing. But the advocates for using paper to complete certain tasks are not so loud (you can’t hear them typing, among other things). Yet a Forrester Research survey of business professionals found that 87 percent of them supplement gadgets with paper productivity, and 47 percent thought their personal and company efficiency would improve with better note-taking. The survey might have been biased, since it was sponsored by the makers of the Livescribe smart pen, but you can’t help but think it touches on a need to refamiliarize ourselves with ink and thinly sliced wood pulp. Paper, but more specifically handwriting, will likely always be with us, and that’s a good thing. It’s a smoother path from your brain to the printed word, it saves you from task-switching overload, and it possibly makes the best to-do list.
Is Texting in Class Hurting Your Education? Although you may think that sending a harmless “WAYD?” (What are you doing?) text to your buddy during a college lecture won’t distract you from the material, a 2012 study shows otherwise. “It’s very simple,” says Bonnie Ellis, PhD, a public speaking coach and director of academic affairs for the University of Phoenix Detroit Campus: “If you are texting, you aren’t listening.” A University of Pittsburgh study found that students who text during class send an average of 2.4 texts and read 2.6 during each class, and are more likely to miss out on instruction and score lower grades as a result. Bosses Behaving Badly Barbara Pachter has seen it all. President of Pachter & Associates, a consultancy specializing in etiquette and gender issues, she’s coached executives around the world on the finer and grosser points of protocol—from who holds open the door for whom to how to tell the boss his fly is down. With clients ranging from DaimlerChrysler, IBM, and Pfizer to NASA and the Department of Defense, Pachter has witnessed all manner of etiquette blunder. The common thread: executives’ lack of self-awareness. In this conversation, edited here for length, HBR’s Gardiner Morse spoke with Pachter about how etiquette rules are evolving and the fundamentals that every executive should know.
21 Awesome Quotes on Intuition Thanks to Val Vadeboncoeur for finding most of these quotes. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” – Albert Einstein“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock“Systems die; instincts remain.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” – Henri Poincare“Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.” – John Naisbitt“A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.” – Frank Capra “It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.” – Jonas Salk“All human knowledge thus begins with intuitions, proceeds thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.” - Immanuel Kant“Trust your own instinct.
Tenth Grade Tech Trends — Product Design A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook. Both times I snickered. Learning from past mistakes, I took some time over the holiday break to ask my sister many, many questions about how she and her friends are using technology. The Psychology of Getting More Done (in Less Time) In today’s busy world, we’ve become a people obsessed with productivity and “work hacks.” Getting more done in less time allows us to get ahead, and even gives us more availability to do the things we love outside of work. The problem we run into is that it is easy to get motivated, but hard to stay disciplined.
The role of emotion in memory Does emotion help us remember? That's not an easy question to answer, which is unsurprising when you consider the complexities of emotion. First of all, there are two, quite different, elements to this question. The first concerns the emotional content of the information you want to remember. Tenth Grade Tech Trends: My survey data says says rumors of Facebook demise exaggerated, but Snapchat and Instagram real Branch cofounder Josh Miller's recent post about how his 15 year old sister uses the Internet blew me away with its observations the other week. I'm 31, so young enough to remember what it was like to be young, but old enough to be out of touch with the youngest millenials and those even younger. To be honest, it's a sobering notion that there's some piece of technology out there that you and your peer group doesn't use and doesn't understand.