If you want to learn some very cool things here is a synopsis of watching more than 70 hours of TED talks with links. I love these types of summary posts (any wonder?)
"Addictive internet use is defined as an impulse-control disorder that does not involve an intoxicant" -This is a research study from 1998.
addictive Internet use can be defined as an impulse-control disorder that does not involve an intoxicant.
Bullying is not so easy to understand, but many are looking deeper into the whys of bullying. Those who bully should be identified to HELP them. I find it ironic that those who bullied me the worst had the most coping with real life after high school.
"The study, presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in New Orleans on Monday, found that kids with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) -- which is characterized by frequent tantrums and revenge seeking -- were six times more likely to be identified as bullies than children with no mental health disorders, while children with depression were three times more likely. Children with anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were also around three times more likely to be bullies, according to parental reports."
"There is a larger story behind why children bully," said study author Dr. Frances Turcotte-Benedict, a Brown University masters of public health student and a fellow at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence. "And part of that story may include the diagnosis of a mental health disorder."
Numerous studies have found evidence for the idea of self-control as a limited resource — that is, a characteristic that can be depleted – but emerging research suggests that this model may not tell the whole story.
Four essential mechanisms are believed to influence self-control: metabolic, cognitive, motivational and affective.
I find the reads over at Psych Central news fascinating.
Brainscans continue to reveal fascinating findings. In this study, scientist put people to sleep and scanned their brains as they emerged from anesthesia. This is helping them identify what parts of the brain are active when we first become conscious.
"The results may also have broader implications. The demonstration of which brain mechanisms are involved in the emergence of the conscious state is an important step forward in the scientific explanation of consciousness. Yet, much harder questions remain. How and why do these neural mechanisms create the subjective feeling of being, the awareness of self and environment - the state of being conscious?"
If you're going to spend money, buy experiences not things. I also wonder if this would apply to schools. Are we happier doing novel activities or in having new gadgets in our classrooms?
"A new study suggests that those who spend money to do things are happier than those who spend their money on possessions."
At the end, he's talking about self talk and it is more of a sales pitch, however, he has an important point. I'm not advocating buying what he has, but the first 4 minutes are worth a listen.
What do you say when you talk to yourself? This is a great video I'm showing my students as part of my "Becoming a Time Ninja" series that I've written for my class. Helping students self-talk in a way for success is so important. We are our own best motivational speaker because we control our actions when we speak into our brains.
"New research has discovered that people with schizophrenia have certain brain cells where their DNA stays too tightly wound. When DNA is too tightly wound, it can stop other genes from expressing themselves in their normal pattern."
Office gossip (this study on an elementary school and their gossip against a principal) hurts EVERYONE including your school and in this case, test scores declined. Remember that when you gossip, you also hurt yourself and if you didn't already know this, take a read here about office gossip and how to intervene and stop it.
once someone made a negative comment about a person who wasn’t there, the conversation would get meaner unless someone immediately defended the target.
gossip in the workplace also tended to be overwhelmingly negative, but the insults were more subtle and the conversations less predictable, says Tim Hallett, a sociologist at Indiana University.
Office gossip can be a form of reputational warfare
Dr. Hallett found that the teachers became so comfortable with him and his camera that they would freely insult their bosses during one-on-one interviews. But at the teachers’ formal group meetings, where they knew that another teacher might report their insults to the principal, they were more discreet.
they sometimes offered obliquely sarcastic comments to test the water
praise the predecessor
The teachers’ gossip never got as blatantly mean as the teenage girls’
The principal felt that her authority was being undermined by gossip and retaliated against teachers she suspected (correctly) of criticizing her.
in this case it was also a form of warfare that brought everyone down
it is more realistic to try managing it.
That simple question, a dare made in a pleasant voice
“Don’t we have some work to do here?”
Fascinating Article about how to change people's attitudes.
You sure you sure?” It turns out, we’re not sure we’re sure according to the classic 1973 study by Goethals and Reckman.In the study, researchers invited high schoolers to discuss their opinions on an issue—in this case, school segregation and whether bussing would help racial integration. Some time later, study participants returned for another discussion. This time, however, they were divided into pro and con groups. Inside each separated groups, Goethals and Reckman placed a “confederate,” a person armed with arguments for the opposing viewpoint. The goal was to reverse the groups’ outlook.In the end, both confederates successfully reversed the groups’ opinions.
groups couldn’t accurately recall their original position. Many claimed their previous beliefs were less definite than researchers originally observed.
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