I was at a shopping mall the other day and observed a group of eight teenage friends—boys and girls. They were walking together, each focused on their mobile devices. Most appeared to be texting other people. A few were speaking on their phones. None of them were speaking to each other. As I watched with interest in this new phenomenon that allows us to engage in multiple modes of connectivity at once, I chuckled to myself when one of the boys fell into a girl as he tripped getting off the escalator. The mishap occurred because he was texting while walking, sometimes as hazardous as texting while driving! The teens laughed too, and then quickly returned to their respective conversations on mobile devices. It’s mind boggling to imagine how many conversations were happening while those eight teens walked through the shopping center. But what’s more important is to ask the question, “When do young people find time to be in silence, to reflect on who they are in a world with constant … [Read more...] about The Importance of Silence in a Noisy World
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Source: Pixel2013/Pixabay In a world’s first, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Weill Institute for Neurosciences released a study showing a brain-computer interface (BCI) with “plug and play” capabilities using machine learning . The solution enables a paralyzed patient's brain to control a computer using the device without extensive daily retraining. Karunesh Ganguly, an assistant professor at UCSF and associate professor of neurology at UCSF Medical Center, is the senior author of the paper, published on September 7 in Nature Biotechnology . “Plug and play” refers to the ability of a device to work as intended upon initial start, without any user intervention, such as reconfiguration or adjustments. For example, many computer peripherals, such as the mouse, keyboard, monitor, USB flash drive, and web camera typically work upon plug-in connection without any additional configurations. The ease-of-use of “plug and play” … [Read more...] about World’s First “Plug and Play” Brain-Computer Interface
More than anything, a parent wants their child to feel loved. The manner in which they go about it, however, may strengthen or weaken a child’s resiliency. The difference between an empathic approach and a sympathetic style may determine the amount of grit a child brings to the table in life. Resonating with a child’s feeling states is empathic . Dismissing a child’s experience because a parent is uncomfortable with the difficult emotions and wishes to “fix it” qualifies as a form of pity or sympathy. The parent becomes the saver and rescuer and the child is postured as the “victim.” Disappointment is an unpleasant emotion with which most humans can relate. Faced with developmental challenges, kids experience disappointment regularly. If handled with empathy, the experience of intense disappointment may help a child retry and grow . If approached with sympathy, the child may quit or expect special treatment. For example, Charlie’s friend, Jon, is trying out for a travel … [Read more...] about Raising A Resilient Child In A Competitive World
It’s been a bizarre year; more so in the USA than most other countries. Not only did America have the pandemic to tackle but also a Presidential Election campaign being fought in very trying circumstances, against a polarised backdrop. With the constant culture war that was being waged combined with how the pandemic was affecting the US population in 2020 compared to other countries, is it any wonder that the US media was offering a negative view of Covid-19 compared to science journals and the international media? It’s likely that the effects of the coronavirus were impossible to disentangle from management (or non-management) of attempts to control the spread of the virus. US news has been overly negative Source: Ono Kosuki/Pexels Why did this happen? David Leonhardt in The New York Times thinks it might be something about how journalists need to expose the truth, it’s a core part of their role in society. And perhaps in the impact and management of Covid-19 in … [Read more...] about Do Americans Prefer Bad News?
Source: MichaelGaida/Pixabay (modifications: Arash Emamzadeh) What makes the news? Rarely is it love, happiness , friendship , healthy habits, charity, or volunteering. Instead, it is often financial problems, people’s unhealthy behaviors, disease, scams, robberies, burglaries, accidents, fires, natural disasters, murder, suicide , rape, racism, discrimination , terror, and war. And these days, it is the news of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 spreading, making people sick, causing economic upheaval , and mass panic . If you have a mental illness , like anxiety, OCD , or PTSD , you might be feeling very anxious these days. So, how to stay up to date? Here are four suggestions. 1. Try to limit your exposure to news programs. News programs affect us emotionally. Though men, compared to women, seem to be more hard-wired for attention to (and memory of) negative news , 1 news programs can make all of us more anxious, depressed, and more likely … [Read more...] about What to Do If the News Has Made You Paralyzed With Fear