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April 30, 2010

The Family that iPads Together….

Filed under: Biological Psychology,Internet,Technology — Laura Freberg @ 8:56 pm

Our family loves technology. We even had a Jaguar gaming system, and not too many people even know what that is. So of course we needed iPads…Kristin and Karen received theirs today, too, and we’re getting some good advice from them on apps.

The first thing I downloaded was the Genes to Cognition 3D Brain, and it was wonderful! Then of course, we had to have weather.com for iPad, even though we live in California and have no weather.

A New Toy!

I admit to some frustration in trying to get the iPad to work with my wireless router. I suspect that my password settings will need adjusting, but the nice people at NETGEAR are on the case. They responded to my inquiry immediately, which surprised me. It connected nicely to the wireless at our local coffee shop, but that’s not a secure network.

I’m sure we’ll figure out more things to do with the iPad in the next few days, but right now, it’s just fun to mess around with it.

April 29, 2010

a few stories for April 29th, 2010

Filed under: a current story,Biological Psychology,Technology — Laura Freberg @ 6:49 pm

Here are a few stories that I have found interesting and I hope you will, too!

“Looking ahead, they say their method opens a new avenue for exploration of how learning functions at the level of the individual neuron.”

“Odors attach to receptors of olfactory cells in nasal mucosa, where they trigger nerve signals.”

…”significantly higher emotional empathy levels were recorded for the oxytocin group than for the placebo group…”

April 28, 2010

current stories in psychology for April 28th,2010

Filed under: a current story — Laura Freberg @ 8:09 am

Here are a few stories that I have found interesting and I hope you will, too!

“…the boundaries between us and other species are nowhere near to being as clearly defined as many people used to think,” said James Anderson of the University of Stirling

“We found a more positive response from participants during social searching, or when they had homed in on a particular target,” Wise said.

“Of course every employee is different, and what you consider a “dream job” might be someone else’s idea of a career nightmare. Because of this, a simple ranking may not be enough – you need to know what a particular job is really like on a day-to-day basis.”

April 27, 2010

current stories for April 27th, 2010

Filed under: a current story — Laura Freberg @ 7:20 am

Here are a few stories that I have found interesting and I hope you will, too!

So instead of counting your calories, the Mindless Method helps you avoid your personal “mindless” traps and designs a healthy eating program that is tailored to your particular challenges.

Psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis have found an intriguing possibility that personality and brain aging during the golden years may be linked.

Researchers have shed new light on the mechanism behind epilepsy attacks in the brain, revealing a potent new target for drug treatment.

  • Study finds the body’s response to repetitive laughter similar to repetitive exercise

A new study looks at the effect that mirthful laughter and distress have on modulating the key hormones that control appetite.

April 26, 2010

Brian Wansink Launches MindlessMethod.com

Filed under: Dieting — Laura Freberg @ 2:36 pm

As a confirmed mindless eater (who knows better than to go to buffets, salad bars, and all-you-can-eat restaurants), I applaud Brian Wansink’s new initiative…the Mindless Method. As one of their banners proclaims, “the best diet is the diet you don’t know you’re on.” In other words, to keep your weight down, it’s important to make the lifestyle changes that let you do that instead of always feeling deprived and “on a diet.”

The Mindless Method Guides You to Better Eating Habits

So instead of counting your calories, the Mindless Method helps you avoid your personal “mindless” traps and designs a healthy eating program that is tailored to your particular challenges. It’s not free–plans run between $12 and $20 per month for full site access, but sometimes paying for something helps people stick to it better. “I paid for this, so I’m going to use it.”

I’m always surprised when people resent paying for a diet program–most people think nothing of spending tons of money on nails, hair, make-up, clothes–and what truly makes the biggest difference in your appearance is your weight. Not to mention the amount of money people waste on prescription drugs and medical procedures that are 100% avoidable with weight loss. Oh, and there are those little things called cancer and heart disease that are tremendously weight-related.  I didn’t join Mindless Method, though, as I’m comfortable with my Jenny Craig maintenance. Still, if I were first starting out again, it might be something I would seriously consider, if for no other reason than to enjoy Brian Wansink’s sense of humor. If a person can make weight control funny, that’s worth the money in my book. And you gotta love the North Dakota wine and the bottomless soup bowl….

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