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Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual system develops. Dr Sinha and his team provide free vision-restoring treatment to children born blind, and then study how their brains learn to interpret visual data. The work offers insights into neuroscience, engineering and even autism.Pawan Sinha details his groundbreaking research into how the brain's visual... more
It only took 15 min. for third graders to become racists and discriminatory. but that's just a minor detail in this study that should be taught at every school in the nation.
mind blowing, just: wow.
watch the whole thing before drawing conclusions, even though it may be surprisingly hard to do.
you might learn something about yourself that you did not know.
i just had my dad watch it with me, and he revealed his prejudices to me for the first time.
i had my suspicions, but it was healing to hear him say it.
he explained he does not act on them, and that he himself has been discriminated against.
he reflected on his childhood, what he learned from his community on his own, what his parents taught him directly/indirectly, and how he feels now.
i encourage you all to do the same.
please, open discussion on this.
this is how the world can be changed, in tiny steps.It only took 15 min. for third graders to become racists and discriminatory. but... more
According to this curious video, the theme music from Law & Order is enough to cause dogs everywhere to howl (with delight?). Do any of you have any suggestions as to why dogs do this?According to this curious video, the theme music from Law & Order is enough to... more
This study found a striking correlation between latitude and predation risk: For each 1° increase in latitude, the relative risk of predation declined by nearly four percent. Stated another way, the eggs in the northern nests were 65 percent less likely to be eaten than those in the south.This study found a striking correlation between latitude and predation risk: For each... more
Instead of succumbing to the right-wing drum beat of calls for profiling Muslims, we should adopt a more rational approach to profiling for terrorism based on behavior.Instead of succumbing to the right-wing drum beat of calls for profiling Muslims, we... more
Murder rates increase when the temperature goes up. Headaches blow into town with the warm, dry winds of Switzerland and California. The stories we tell reflect our continuing struggle to explain weather’s peculiar effects on human behavior.Murder rates increase when the temperature goes up. Headaches blow into town with the... more
This streaming video is a clip from a longer DVD, Snowball's Snowy Christmas DVD, which is now available for Christmas gift giving. Children love Snowball and this DVD features the sulfur-crested cockatoo, Snowball, dancing to Christmas carols.This streaming video is a clip from a longer DVD, Snowball's Snowy Christmas DVD,... more
Feeling Nervous? 3,000 Behavior Detection Officers Will Be Watching You at the Airport This ThanksgiI just keep feeling like Anne Franke more and more lately.
Although often seen as an inconsequential feature of digital technologies, one's self-representation, or avatar, in a virtual environment can affect the user's thoughts, according to research by a University of Texas at Austin communication professor.
In the first study to use avatars to prime negative responses in a desktop virtual setting, Jorge Peña, assistant professor in the College of Communication, demonstrated that the subtext of an avatar's appearance can simultaneously prime negative (or anti-social) thoughts and inhibit positive (or pro-social) thoughts inconsistent with the avatar's appearance. All of this while study participants remained unaware they had been primed. The study, co-written with Cornell University Professor Jeffrey T. Hancock and University of Texas at Austin graduate student Nicholas A. Merola, appears in the December 2009 issue of Communication Research.
In two separate experiments, research participants were randomly assigned a dark- or white-cloaked avatar, or to avatars wearing physician or Ku Klux Klan-like uniforms or a transparent avatar. The participants were assigned tasks including writing a story about a picture, or playing a video game on a virtual team and then coming to consensus on how to deal with infractions.
Consistently, participants represented by an avatar in a dark cloak or a KKK-like uniform demonstrated negative or anti-social behavior in team situations and in individual writing assignments.
Previous studies have demonstrated these uniform types to have negative effects on people's behaviors in face-to-face interactions. For example, Cornell researchers Mark Frank and Tom Gilovich showed that dark uniforms influence professional sports teams to play more aggressively on the playing field and in the laboratory. Peña's research demonstrates how these effects operate in desktop-based video games, and sheds light on the automatic cognitive processes that explain this effect.
"When you step into a virtual environment, you can potentially become 'Mario' or whatever other character you are portraying," said Peña, who studies how humans think, behave and feel online. "Oftentimes, the connotations of our own virtual character will subtly remind us of common stereotypes, such as 'bad guys wear black or dress up in hooded robes.' This association may surreptitiously steer users to think and behave more antisocially, but also inhibit more pro-social thoughts and responses in a virtual environment."
According to Peña, these findings can be particularly useful to video game and combat simulation developers.
"By manipulating the appearance of the avatar, you can augment the probability of people thinking and behaving in predictable ways without raising suspicion," said Peña. "Thus, you can automatically make a virtual encounter more competitive or cooperative by simply changing the connotations of one's avatar."
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091110211037.htmAlthough often seen as an inconsequential feature of digital technologies, one's... more
This video documents an interesting social experiment in Stockholm, Sweden, where students changed stairs into a piano, and compared before-and-after video of stairway use to escalator use. Brilliant!This video documents an interesting social experiment in Stockholm, Sweden, where... more
A flying hummingbird flaps its wings up to 70 times per second (its heart rate can reach 1,260 beats per minute). This video slows down a flying hummingbird so we can watch how it flies and hovers in front of a hummingbird feeder. A second video shows hummingbirds flying at normal speed.A flying hummingbird flaps its wings up to 70 times per second (its heart rate can... more
This streaming video is a clip from 60 Minutes where Bob Simon and Bruce Beehler, a scientist from Conservation International, head off into the New Guinea wilderness in search of the Black Sickle Bill Bird of Paradise, Epimachus fastuosus, and -- amazingly -- the cameramen capture video of this species's rarely seen courtship dance.This streaming video is a clip from 60 Minutes where Bob Simon and Bruce Beehler, a... more
Giving communities a menu of proven programs to choose from is an effective way to help reduce risky behaviors among young teens, new research shows.
(Harding, A., 2009, September 9, par.1)
Communities that Care (CTC) is a "prevention system" consisting of 56 different programs designed to reduce risk factors for problem teen behavior or boost factors that protect against such behavior. Communities first survey adolescents to identify high levels of risk factors-like poor parental supervision or school failure--and low levels of protective factors, such as strong community involvement. They then choose two to five factors to work on, and pick programs that address these concerns.
(Harding, A., 2009, September 9, par.2)
Hawkins and his colleagues compared 24 small towns in seven different states that had been assigned at random to a control group or to implement CTC. To assess the program's effects, the researchers surveyed 4,407 students every year, from fifth grade to eighth grade.
(Harding, A., 2009, September 9, par.4)
In the CTC communities, Hawkins and his team found, students were less likely to start drinking, start smoking cigarettes, or start using smokeless tobacco, and they were also less likely to start engaging in delinquent behavior. For example, kids in the control communities were 60% more likely to start drinking between seventh and eighth grade than those in the CTC communities, while they were about twice as likely to start smoking or using smokeless tobacco. By eighth grade, 21% of students in the control communities had initiated delinquent behavior, compared to 16% of kids in the CTC towns.
(Harding, A., 2009, September 9, par.5-6)
Among eighth graders in the CTC communities, the likelihood of binge drinking in the past two weeks, as well as drinking and smokeless tobacco use over the past 30 days, were significantly lower. These young people also engaged in fewer types of delinquent behavior.
(Harding, A., 2009, September 9, par.7)
[This is a Federal program...]
[IMAGE: fivetownctc.com]Giving communities a menu of proven programs to choose from is an effective way to... more
Faint disturbances in the heart of Antarctic waters gives way to breathtaking images of Humpback Whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, hunting Krill in this fantastic video clip from BBC's natural history television masterpiece, Planet Earth. Narrated by the incomparable David Attenborough.Faint disturbances in the heart of Antarctic waters gives way to breathtaking images... more
Anne Sullivan Demonstrates How She Taught Helen Keller to Speak (rare 1930 Newsreel Footage) [video]Helen Keller, the American author, political activist and lecturer, and her instructor and lifelong companion, Anne Sullivan, appear in a Vitaphone newsreel from 1930. In this footage Sullivan shows how Helen Keller learned to talk. The final line of this footage, "I Am Not DUMB now!" is touching.Helen Keller, the American author, political activist and lecturer, and her instructor... more
It is Saturday morning afterall, so I am just going to have fun sharing silly videos of the cutest little mammal known to humanity; Siberian dwarf hamsters. This video features a couple Siberian dfwarf hamsters, one of which is a speed demon, revealed by the speedometer attached to its wheel. As an added bonus, this hamster teaches us a little math.It is Saturday morning afterall, so I am just going to have fun sharing silly videos... more
I've linked to this video before, but I love dwarf hamsters (kept them as pets most of my life, in fact, even as an adult), so I had to share this sweet little video with you again.I've linked to this video before, but I love dwarf hamsters (kept them as pets... more
I dunno about you, but sometimes, I feel like I am running my life away on a hamster wheel -- getting nowhere fast. Except for those days when the hamster wheel of life stops working properly, that is! In this video, a sweet little Siberian dwarf hamster, Phodopus sungorus, demonstrates what I mean.I dunno about you, but sometimes, I feel like I am running my life away on a hamster... more