Archive for May, 2012

High School Football Not Linked to Later Brain Disease

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

High School Football and Risk of Neurodegeneration: A Community-Based Study

– A neurologist describes a new study on the risks of head injury from high school football. People who played football in the 1940s and 1950s were followed over time and found to have no increased incidence of dementia, ALS or Parkinson’s disease, compared to a control group of glee club members.

While this is good news for football players from that era, he says further studies are needed on later generations who played with different tactics and equipment, and talks about next steps.

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Introverts in an Extroverted Society

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The power of introverts in an extroverted society.

What Changes Behaviours?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A Communications Specialist with Metro Vancouver talks about what drives behaviour change, in the context of increasing recycling.

Changing Perspective Leads to Happiness

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Perspective is Everything

– Perspective is essential to happiness, says Rory Sutherland. He gives examples of applied perspective and argues that the element of choice is what makes a situation more tolerable. Psychological factors should be added to mechanistic ideas in cost-benefit analyses. Things like train arrival clocks and traffic light timers have improved lives because they address human anxieties.

People believe that a company that only sells one type of product is better than a company that sells a wide array of products, which means “Google is as much a psychological success as it is a financial one.” Economics and advertising often fail to understand that what something is, has value, he asserts. An interesting intellectual TEDxAthens Talk.

Encouraging Poem

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

A young poet performs a poem written for people undergoing emotional turmoil.

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