My blog was put in quarantaine. Luckily the boys and girls from the hosting service cleared it again today. Don’t know what happened yet but will find out. Happy to be back. Missed you’ll. Thanks for your patience.
Shrink Life in General
In Toronto, Canada six women were treated for anorexia nervosa with deep brain stimulation. They had a long period of many years of unsuccessful conventional management. Their average BMI were 11 to 15 in the years before the study.
The electrodes were placed just beneath the corpus callosum.
One woman had a self limiting panick attack during the procedure. One developed a cardiac air embolus that resolved within 5 minutes during the procedure. One patient had a seizure after the operation when switching the device on. After switching it off and restarting again after one week seizures didn’t reappear.
Three out of the six women gained weight and had an improved quality of live. The BMIs increased from 11.1 to 21, 14.2 to 16, and 15.1 to 20.
The pilot was designed to assess safety, not effectiveness. The authors judge deep brain stimulation to be safe enough for further evaluation
Explanation of empathy, the neurochemistry of empathy and how this relates to the power of good stories.
The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak’s film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling. As part of his study, Dr. Zak, a founding pioneer in the emerging field of neuroeconomics, closely monitored the neural activity of hundreds of people who viewed Ben’s story. What he discovered is that even the simplest narrative, if it is highly engaging and follows the classic dramatic arc outlined by the German playwright Gustav Freytag, can evoke powerful empathic responses associated with specific neurochemicals, namely cortisol and oxytocin. Those brain responses, in turn, can translate readily into concrete action—in the case of Dr. Zak’s study subjects, generous donations to charity and even monetary gifts to fellow participants. By contrast, stories that fail to follow the dramatic arc of rising action/climax/denouement—no matter how outwardly happy or pleasant those stories may be—elicit little if any emotional or chemical response, and correspond to a similar absence of action. Dr. Zak’s conclusions hold profound implications for the role of storytelling in a vast range of professional and public milieus.
Thanks Presentation Zen
Public LinkedIn resumes are less deceptive about the most relevant information for employers. Prior work experience and responsibilities are less deceptive information on public LinkedIn resumes compared to traditional resumes. On the other hand information about interests and hobbies were more deceptive. LinkedIn resumes tend to be more positive about interests and hobbies.
From the publication in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
Participants creating public Linkedin profiles lied less about verifiable information, specifically responsibilities, and maximized their resume’s attractiveness with minimal consequences by lying more about unverifiable information, specifically interests. Participants creating traditional resumes lied more about verifiable information that was central to the job, presumably because there is less threat of being caught. Traditional resume creators accomplished self-presentational goals via deceptions about verifiable information, and lied less about unverifiable information.
Why is this important?
The results imply that the Internet is not rife with deception. The findings are in line with the rule that most people lie a little each day, only a few people lie a lot. Offline or online. In this study 90% lied at least once, consistent with the rule that most people lie a little. The lies used were strategically different, adapted on whether information could be verified or not.
Guillory, J., & Hancock, J. (2012). The Effect of Linkedin on Deception in Resumes Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15 (3), 135-140 DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2011.0389
Suits renewed, skills improved, were will it end?
Phoenix-Fly – The Need 4 Speed – Mountain Trails, 2012 has been an incredible year for the evolution of human flight. New suit technology and a dedication to improving skill levels mean we can now fly further, faster and more accurately than ever before. Team Need 4 Speed have worked hard this year to fly new, beautiful lines. We’ve focused on amazing terrain for backdrops, with tight proximity led formations.
Don’t try this at home