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January 26, 2013

readings in psychology for 26 january 2012 @PsychScience

Do you recognize this? If you do chances are someone around you plays ZELDA! Video games are great for family fun and great for your brain! Yes, I caught this fish!

Do you recognize this? If you do chances are someone around you plays ZELDA! Video games are great for family fun and great for your brain! Yes, I caught this fish!

Here is what I am reading today:

“CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Questia ( www.questia.com ), the premier online research and paper-writing tool for students, today announced the release of its new iOS app designed specifically to provide a compelling mobile research experience, allowing students to write even better research papers faster.

According to a recent Questia survey, students spend an average of seven hours researching each term paper, while many spend 10 hours or more! The same survey also discovered that, after researching, the average college student spends a total of 6-10 hours writing their research paper.”

“Usually, when a waiter refuses to serve someone at a restaurant, customers complain. In this case, customers cheered.

The waiter in question, Michael Garcia, has been receiving goodwill and friend requests on the restaurant’s Facebook page since word spread that he stood up for a child with special needs.

Garcia, who works at the Houston restaurant Laurenzo’s, was waiting on a family, regulars with a 5-year-old child, Milo, who has Down syndrome. The server said that another family at the restaurant commented on Milo’s behavior, which Garcia described as “talking and making little noises.” Garcia moved the complaining family to another table, but they were still unhappy. “Special needs children need to be special somewhere else,” the father reportedly said.”

“Supplementing children’s diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child’s intelligence, according to a new report published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.”

my brother on Wikipedia

(A friend pointed out that my brother had a Wiki page)

Leroy Sievers (June 16, 1955 – August 15, 2008) was a journalist who won 12 national news Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards.[1][2] He was a commentator for National Public Radio, served as a bureau chief for CBS news, served as an executive producer for the ABC program Nightline, and covered a variety of global conflicts as a war correspondent. Sievers was also was part of the Discovery Channel program entitled Living with Cancer, hosted by his friend Ted Koppel. This show was taped at the Discovery Channel Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 6, 2007″

“…..Parents most worry about: 1. Losing touch with the student. 2. Forging a new parent-child relationship. 3. The perils of drugs and alcohol and poor judgment. 4. The student’s inability to handle 24/7 freedom (read: sleeping through classes). 5. Not being able to let go of knowing what’s going on with the child. 6. The student’s safety in an unfamiliar environment. 7. Changes in the family dynamic due to the student’s departure. 8. Not being able to keep up with tuition and expenses. In contrast, students’ top worries are:….

4 Responses to “readings in psychology for 26 january 2012 @PsychScience”

  1. SarahPeterson93 Says:

    In Response to “Top Concerns of Parents and Students Entering College”:

    I do believe there is a significant transition that not only students, but parents as well, go through upon arrival into a college away from home. Parents develop, grow, and become dependent with their child just as much as the child develops and depends on their caregiver.

    My mom, for example, took me leaving for Cal Poly way harder than I initially did. As a second year renting out my own apartment, it is even harder on her as the realities of me having my “own” place and transitioning into moving completely out is becoming more of a reality more rapidly every day.

    Just as the lists describe, my parents were extremely worried about me not calling and keeping in contact – to the point of calling and leaving me voicemails several times throughout the day. They were (and I’m sure still are) worried for my well being; that I was getting ample rest, had enough food to eat, was not partying and drinking, and keeping safe. I, on the other hand, was more concerned about making new friends and growing apart from my high school best friends, along with receiving and keeping good grades.

    I do get homesick now, more so for my family than ever, and it continues to be difficult to be so far away from them. But the distance that college has brought between my family and I has actually helped our bond grow stronger, and helps me come to cherish every moment I get to spend with my mom, dad, and sister.

  2. Steph S Says:

    I found the estimates on how much time students spend researching and actually writing the paper to be dead on from my experience. I always go in with the intention of this will only take 2-3 hours if I just sit down and for hard for the whole time. Even when I do this it still ends up taking my 6-7 hours in research alone it is just usually broken up over a span of time rather than just one solid sit down session. I think sometimes we don’t realize how much we spend on a paper because writing and research is a process. You do a little there, and a little here, and then eventually you get your final draft. One hardly ever just sits down and does the FULL research paper (research and writing) in one solid sitting, therefore I feel we tend to forget and add up how much time we actually spend on it. Though I think being able to research on my phone is a cool concept, I do not find it practical or efficient. The article mentions that it is easy to read on the phone and feature a flip page feature, but I think it would be more efficient and less straining to just pull out my laptop and read it. I am not going to type my paper on the go and therefore why do I need to necessarily do my research on the go; I feel like my research would be scattered and unorganized doing it on the go.

  3. Steph S Says:

    In response to “Top Concerns of Parents and Their College Freshman”:

    I think the article was able to pinpoint the fear of parents and college freshman very well. I had many similar fears as long with my fellow friends. Some of them came true and others I realized were false. Many of the concerns you could deal with and put a positive spin on even if they came true. I think psychologically we prepare for the worse and therefore sometimes only look for the worst. I do believe we may be pleasantly surprised occasionally, but if you are only looking for bad stuff you are likely to find only that and neglect the good stuff that is also present. Its like the theory of you only look for the evidence you want to find then you will get the outcome you want, but it doesn’t mean it’s the right one or the best. I think it is very similar on our perspective on how we come into college. Our concerns I think are more likely to come true if we are focusing on them.

  4. bradyhiob Says:

    In response to “writing a better paper…using your phone!”

    I think this app truly could be revolutionary. I dont know how many times I find myself now using my phone instead of my computer. Research is one of those areas that still requires not just a computer, but a library too. Ya, those old creaky books? We should still read those. Anyway, I think this app really could revolutionize the way students learn on the go. Instead of having to go to the library on a quick one hour break (because we all have awkward gaps in our schedules) students can pull out their phone where they are and start taking notes on peer review, academic articles. Then, once back at the old computer, students can take out their phones and see what they took notes on. I think Questia could go a step further and offer accounts and sync seamless with computers and phones. Truly, I hope books aren’t rendered completely obsolete in my lifetime.

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