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ThingLink Mobile — Available in the iTunes App Store - ThingLink

ThingLink Mobile — Available in the iTunes App Store - ThingLink | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

Use ThingLink to instantly add video and text to images. Create unforgettable greetings, interactive travel photos, and capture best moments. Share images to your friends on Twitter or Facebook — and communicate in new ways.


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Tom Walton's comment, June 24, 2013 11:20 AM
Like it a lot, but am worried that there's a lack of privacy, if we're talking about young learners.
Dan Ferreira's curator insight, June 29, 2013 6:56 PM

I think it's great way to teach Ss the general-specific structure in writing, for example. 

John Rudkin's curator insight, July 11, 2013 4:32 AM

Mighty useful App for all sorts of Educ exploration - and tourism.

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This is the most popular post you’ll read all day.

This is the most popular post you’ll read all day. | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

In a recent post for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson investigates what drives people to read content online. As a writer for a popular news site, it’s of interest to Thompson to find out what people are clicking on and why when navigating through the endless amount of web content available. Though it sounds like a boring study of analytics at first, his findings and references are actually super interesting.


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Steven Mallach's curator insight, July 4, 2013 11:30 PM

Investigating how the consumer interacted with traditional media and how the social media differs is one of the most fascinating studies for marketing and communications fold to undertake.

 

Some (myself included) would argue that very little has changed since the newspaper was King of the Hill. The same rules to engaging with carefully selected demographics apply, the same headline rules, the same intro paragraphy rules.

 

Grabd the reader's attention and make sure they stick.

 

The difference is the social media channels go far beyond simple print in sharability, targeting can be much more precise and engagement is taken to a whole new MEASURABLE level.

 

So, everything changes, but everything stays the same.

Neil Ferree's comment, August 12, 2013 11:39 AM
Link bait is one way and Listly lists and votes and polls is another way both is better
Ariane Bourgeois's comment, August 13, 2013 12:05 AM
Thanks for your comment, @Neil :)
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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."


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Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 11:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:01 AM

this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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The Importance of Scheduling Nothing

The Importance of Scheduling Nothing | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

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EnglishWizards's curator insight, June 10, 2013 5:55 PM

the importance of balance ... 

David Hain's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:19 AM

Invest in time doing nothing!

John Michel's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:19 AM

The most important reason to schedule buffers is to just catch your breath. There is no faster way to feel as though your day is not your own, and that you are no longer in control, than scheduling meetings back to back from the minute you arrive at the office until the moment you leave. I’ve felt the effects of this and seen it with colleagues. Not only is it not fun to feel this way, it’s not sustainable.

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99 Extreme Examples of Bokeh Photography

99 Extreme Examples of Bokeh Photography | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
The quality of the blur has come to be known as bokeh. Bokeh in terms of photography referring the area in the photo which are out of focus light to increase beautiful and dramatic image.

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Emily Hutchins's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:09 PM

The Bokeh effect is something every photographer wants to accomplish.  Luckily some of the photo's I have taken have showed the quality of the Bokeh effect. This article shows different ways that the Bokeh effect is expressed.

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The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual

The Future Of Technology Isn’t Mobile, It’s Contextual | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
You’re walking home alone on a quiet street. You hear footsteps approaching quickly from behind. It’s nighttime. Your senses scramble to help your brain figure out what to do. You listen for signs of threat or glance backward.
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Technology inspired art
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Is Technology Killing Your Child's Attention Span? | Education.com

Is Technology Killing Your Child's Attention Span? | Education.com | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
Using several screens at once may be a threat to your child's attention span. (RT @Education_com: Is technology killing your child's attention span? Read on to see what the stats say.
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Starting to Scale your Health Technology Company?

Starting to Scale your Health Technology Company? | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
Starting to scale your health technology company? Get a Gopher, a Cleaner, and an Enforcer. Jonathan Wang explains how all three get the job done. (Starting to Scale Your Health Technology Startup?
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Rethinking the Split House by Neri&Hu

Rethinking the Split House by Neri&Hu | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

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Court backs artist in Rasta case: less copyright control for image owners?

Court backs artist in Rasta case: less copyright control for image owners? | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
When is the use of another artist’s image “transformative” and when is it just copyright infringement? A major court ruling provides broader protection for appropriation artists.
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Information technology amplifies irrational group behavior

Web tools and social media are our key sources of information when we make decisions as citizens and consumers.
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Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning

Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

Advances in Technology Enhanced Learning’ presents a range of research projects which aim to explore how to make engagement in learning (and teaching) more passionate. This interactive and experimental resource discusses innovations which pave the way to open collaboration at scale. The book introduces methodological and technological breakthroughs via twelve chapters to learners, instructors, and decision-makers in schools, universities, and workplaces.

 


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Gina Martin's curator insight, August 11, 2013 3:46 PM

Looking forward to reading this one. 

Guillermo Pérez's comment, August 11, 2013 10:21 PM
You can view mor information at: https://itunes.apple.com/book/advances-in-technology-enhanced/id663022333?ls=1
Guillermo Pérez's comment, August 11, 2013 10:22 PM
You can view mor information at: https://itunes.apple.com/book/advances-in-technology-enhanced/id663022333?ls=1
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Storytelling w/ Data: What Are the Audience Impacts?

Storytelling w/ Data: What Are the Audience Impacts? | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

Storytelling with data visualization is still very much in its “Wild West” phase, with journalism outlets blazing new paths in exploring the burgeoning craft of integrating the testimony of data together with compelling narrative.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 7, 2013 5:13 PM

This article is a little heady but fascinating. I love eavesdropping in on other fields to see the effects storytelling is having, and to understand how we are grappling with similar issues. And to understand what their contributions might be!


This is a perfect example. Data visualization or data storytelling or data narratives is a hot topic today. The internet is littered with smart, funny, interesting, or very dense infographics that we pass around like hot cakes.


For many years data-visualization has focused on how to take data and visually display it so it is easily understandable. Lately they want the data to tell a story, but haven't yet explored adding story structure and story elements into their end products very much. And they interchange the words narrative and storytelling a lot thinking they mean the same thing (not all narratives are stories: think Wikipedia entry).


Nevertheless, their efforts are admirable and I enjoy keeping tabs on this field. And what I like about this article is that it is beginning to ask two critical questions -- what effects do our data visualizations have on our audiences; and how do we measure that?


So the author, Nick Diakopoulos, identifies elements that story conveys that we are very familiar with: learning, memorability, insights, engagement, sharing, conversation, credibility, persuasiveness, emotional responses, etc. The author forgot 'taking action' :)


Fascinating! I love this because as people in the field of data visualization entertain these questions, how they organize and display their material is going to change and become more 'storied'.


Why else is this article important? Well, because I bet folks creating infographics can learn a lot from us biz storytellers. And likewise, I think that these brilliant data folks will come up with nifty techology solutions about audience reactions that business storytellers will be able to benefit from. And that's just my first guess.


Dealing with data runs along a spectrum -- from business people and storytellers wanting to know how to weave data into their stories to data geeks wanting to know how to display their numbers in ways that tell a story.


Through conversations and sharing between our fields, we can learn a lot from each other and be better for it. Here's to collaboration and cross-pollination!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Kati Sipp's curator insight, June 8, 2013 8:11 PM

Do you use data to tell stories in your work, as a journalist or organizer? You might want to check this out.

Marie-Sophie's curator insight, June 14, 2013 4:20 AM

#Therearedifferentwaystotellthisstory

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Multisystem Resiliency Moderates the Major Depression-Telomere Length Association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study | Brain, Behavior, & Immunity

Multisystem Resiliency Moderates the Major Depression-Telomere Length Association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study | Brain, Behavior, & Immunity | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

ABSTRACT: Major depressive disorder has been associated with reduced leukocyte telomere length (LTL). It is not known, however, whether psychosocial and behavioral protective factors moderate this association. In the current study, we examine whether multisystem resiliency – defined by healthy emotion regulation, strong social connections, and health behaviors (sleep and exercise) – predicts LTL and mitigates previously demonstrated associations between depression diagnosis and LTL. LTL was measured, using a quantitative PCR assay, in 954 patients with stable cardiovascular disease in the Heart and Soul Study. In a fully adjusted model, high multisystem resiliency predicted longer LTL (b = 80.00, se = 27.17, p = .003), whereas each individual factor did not. Multisystem resiliency significantly moderated the MDD-LTL association (p = .02). Specifically, MDD was significantly related to LTL at 1 SD below the mean of multisystem resiliency (b= -142.86, SE = 56.46, p = .01), but not at 1 SD above the mean of the profile (b = 49.07, se = 74.51, p =.51). This study suggests that MDD associations with biological outcomes should be examined within a psychosocial-behavioral context, because this context shapes the nature of the direct relationship. Further research should explore the cognitive, neural, and other physiological pathways through which multisystem resiliency may confer biological benefit.

 

Puterman, E. et al. (in press). Multisystem Resiliency Moderates the Major Depression-Telomere Length Association: Findings from the Heart and Soul Study. Brain, Behavior, & Immunity. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2013.05.008

 

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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:06 PM

"Multisystem resiliency" (as characterized by healthy behaviors, social support, and emotion regulation skill) seems like a framework worth applying in contemplative science research as well. 

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99 Extreme Examples of Bokeh Photography

99 Extreme Examples of Bokeh Photography | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
The quality of the blur has come to be known as bokeh. Bokeh in terms of photography referring the area in the photo which are out of focus light to increase beautiful and dramatic image.

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Emily Hutchins's curator insight, July 29, 2013 8:09 PM

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Sustainable Treehouse Community in the Costa Rican Jungle

Sustainable Treehouse Community in the Costa Rican Jungle | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

Finca Bellavista is a community of interconnected sustainable treehouses set high in the trees of the Costa Rican jungle.

 

Simply one of these extraordinary sustainable treehouses would be amazing, but a whole network of interconnected treehouses  is indescribable.  Finca Bellavista is a community of tree dwellers living high in the foliage of the Costa Rican jungle.

Community founders, Mateo and Erica Hogan discovered the 62-acrea property on the edge of the Rio Bellavista River with the intention of creating an escape for themselves. Upon brainstorming options for affording the property, they settled on building a treehouse structure and inviting friends and others to join them, the result is the interconnected treehouse community we've shared below. Each structure is connected by bridges and zip lines, which they liken to "the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi."


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Bubba Muntzer's comment, June 10, 2013 10:16 AM
Interesting, how the Swiss Family Robinson tree house effect almost made me not stop to wonder whose land they're living on.
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The Brian Lehrer Show - Watch: Marina Abramovic Experiments with Neuroscience + Art

The Brian Lehrer Show - Watch: Marina Abramovic Experiments with Neuroscience + Art | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
It's Brain Awareness Week in New York City. Renowned performance artist Marina Abramović talks about her new performance art project, "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze," which blends neuroscience and art.
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Speed Dating? Watch Your Mouth

Speed Dating? Watch Your Mouth | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
Do you know how long it takes for a guy and a gal to 'click' in the first stage of building a bond that may lead to a lasting relationship? Seconds, according to numerous studies.
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D-Wave, NASA and Google: Launch of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

D-Wave, NASA and Google: Launch of the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it

We believe quantum computing may help solve some of the most challenging computer science problems, particularly in machine learning. Machine learning is all about building better models of the world to make more accurate predictions. If we want to cure diseases, we need better models of how they develop. If we want to create effective environmental policies, we need better models of what’s happening to our climate. And if we want to build a more useful search engine, we need to better understand spoken questions and what’s on the web so you get the best answer.

So today we’re launching the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab. NASA’s Ames Research Center will host the lab, which will house a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems, and the USRA (Universities Space Research Association) will invite researchers from around the world to share time on it. Our goal: to study how quantum computing might advance machine learning.

Machine learning is highly difficult. It’s what mathematicians call an “NP-hard” problem. That’s because building a good model is really a creative act. As an analogy, consider what it takes to architect a house. You’re balancing lots of constraints -- budget, usage requirements, space limitations, etc. -- but still trying to create the most beautiful house you can. A creative architect will find a great solution. Mathematically speaking the architect is solving an optimization problem and creativity can be thought of as the ability to come up with a good solution given an objective and constraints. 

Classical computers aren’t well suited to these types of creative problems. Solving such problems can be imagined as trying to find the lowest point on a surface covered in hills and valleys. Classical computing might use what’s called “gradient descent”: start at a random spot on the surface, look around for a lower spot to walk down to, and repeat until you can’t walk downhill anymore. But all too often that gets you stuck in a “local minimum” -- a valley that isn’t the very lowest point on the surface.

That’s where quantum computing comes in. It lets you cheat a little, giving you some chance to “tunnel” through a ridge to see if there’s a lower valley hidden beyond it. This gives you a much better shot at finding the true lowest point -- the optimal solution.

We’ve already developed some quantum machine learning algorithms. One produces very compact, efficient recognizers -- very useful when you’re short on power, as on a mobile device. Another can handle highly polluted training data, where a high percentage of the examples are mislabeled, as they often are in the real world. And we’ve learned some useful principles: e.g., you get the best results not with pure quantum computing, but by mixing quantum and classical computing.

Can we move these ideas from theory to practice, building real solutions on quantum hardware? Answering this question is what the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is for. We hope it helps researchers construct more efficient and more accurate models for everything from speech recognition, to web search, to protein folding. We actually think quantum machine learning may provide the most creative problem-solving process under the known laws of physics. We’re excited to get started with NASA Ames, D-Wave, the USRA, and scientists from around the world.


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Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted

Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
When Google launched its social networking service, Google Plus, during the summer of 2011, tens of millions of people clamoured… (Technology › Google Plus racks up followers, but not all are devoted http://t.co/yfKQKnt2yR...
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Google Play comes to Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+, we go hands-on (video)

Google Play comes to Barnes & Noble's Nook HD and HD+, we go hands-on (video) | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
Barnes & Noble's refusal to open its ecosystem has long been one of our principle complaints about the company's tablet offerings.
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In Britain, You May No Longer Own Your Instagram Photos

In Britain, You May No Longer Own Your Instagram Photos | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
If you live Britain, your Facebook and Instagram photos may now be free for the taking. The U.K.’s Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act passed parliament and last week received ...
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Bad Reviews for Patron at Restaurant in Mexico - New York Times

Bad Reviews for Patron at Restaurant in Mexico - New York Times | Behavioral Tech | Scoop.it
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Bad Reviews for Patron at Restaurant in Mexico
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MEXICO CITY — Andrea Benítez simply did what many rich, connected Mexicans have always done: she used her influence to step on the lower born.
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