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Open-Office Plans Distract, Demotivate, and Spread Illness | Big Think

Open-Office Plans Distract, Demotivate, and Spread Illness | Big Think | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
Numerous studies have determined that the open office, while creating a sense of camaraderie among employees, is harmful in nearly every other respect.
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Certainly food for thought on the open-plan office. There are benefits to working open plan as well as alone and taking the best elements from both models - e.g. collaboration vs.independent thinking time is one way to look at this issue.

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Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize winner announced | @GrrlScientist

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize winner announced | @GrrlScientist | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

Eye Benders, by Clive Gifford & Professor Anil Seth, is filled with optical illusions that are used to explain the science behind how they work and to demonstrate the many different ways that they trick your brain.

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I have always been fascinated by the work of M.C. Escher (an artist who drew visual illusions) and optical illusions since childhood. Then, I studied neuropsychology and was drawn ever deeper into this subject. “Eye Benders” is a cool book for children that is both fun and informative.

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PHD Comics: How your Conference Presentation Goes

PHD Comics: How your Conference Presentation Goes | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
Link to Piled Higher and Deeper
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Keep the dream alive! I particularly like the discrepancy between the "how you planned it" and "how it goes." With some poetic licence taken from “Mr T” from the A-Team: "I pity the fool who’s rostered to present in the last hour of conference day..."

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The Best Sensory Experience for Learning a Dance Sequence

The Best Sensory Experience for Learning a Dance Sequence | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
Researchers investigate the best way in which dancers learn their routines.
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Recently awarded “Best Paper” at the October 2014 conference of the German Society for Cognitive Science, are dance moves learned better if a dance instructor first demonstrates the sequence (visual), or if he or she first gives a spoken explanation (verbal)? A truly 'elegant' piece of research.

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This Man Uses Twitter To Augment His Damaged Memory

This Man Uses Twitter To Augment His Damaged Memory | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
Thomas Dixon lost his episodic memory in a traumatic brain injury, and Twitter is helping him get it back.
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Another example of a 'digital prosthetic,' in this case, Twitter, used in new ways to aid those with neurological injury or illness. Thomas’ loss of episodic (events) memory and the availability of assistive technologies is of great interest, both from a research and practical perspective.

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A kindness chain: watch until the end

A kindness chain: watch until the end | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

Watch an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion.

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The feel-good factor is off the scale on this one. In terms of practicality, it is in the 'totally doable' range; cost falls in the 'personal-to-monetary effort required' zone; while benefits are in the 'seen, yet unseen' realm. Purposeful acts of kindness can change the world, one deed at a time.

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Study: Teachers Believe Brain Myths that Hamper Their Lessons | Big Think

Study: Teachers Believe Brain Myths that Hamper Their Lessons | Big Think | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
An international survey of school teachers has found that the vast majority believe in myths about the brain and wrongly adapt their lessons to accommodate these myths. 
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While nonsense such as “we only use 10% of our brain, there are 'left-brained' and 'right-brained' people, and learning styles exist,” remain prevalent, neuromyths are not confined to teachers. They are invading the corporate sector – this is just as concerning. #theemperorhasnoclothes #neuromyths

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Teachers risk role confusion on Facebook - PsyPost

Teachers risk role confusion on Facebook - PsyPost | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
Using Facebook for class discussions sounds like a great idea, but before teacher mix with their students on social media – make sure the roles in a group
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A useful piece on using Facebook for classroom discussions. Separating the 'personal self' from the 'professional self' is important. Also consider creating a separate 'professional' / 'academic' Facebook profile for learning purposes. Social media’s use in learning needs to carefully considered.

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MIND in Pictures: Too Much Coffee

MIND in Pictures: Too Much Coffee | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

By Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham

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Accusations of coffee-snobbery notwithstanding, this elegant cartoon provides a glimpse into coffee, its chemical action and some potential benefits. Now I'm off to make my evening espresso...

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More Popular than Ever? Beards and Masculinity in History.

More Popular than Ever? Beards and Masculinity in History. | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

This week came the startling revelation that, in the past year, manufacturers of razors and related goods such as shaving foam, have seen a drop in sales of more than £72 million pounds...

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Not afraid to beard this subject, I won't split hairs and will cut to the chase - an interesting point of view on the beard, men and masculinity. My facial topiary is ever changing and certainly if grey is going be in style, very soon I’m going to be 100% fashionable. Mmm… time for a shave methinks?

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John Kirwan: 'Society is saying go fast, and mental health is saying slow down' - National - NZ Herald News

John Kirwan: 'Society is saying go fast, and mental health is saying slow down' - National - NZ Herald News | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

“Know me before you judge me” is a message used in various campaigns. The beauty of the message is that it applies to our day-to-day social interactions. Understanding others provides essential insight into other’s behaviour that can therefore modify our own behaviour accordingly – if we are willing

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“Know me before you judge me” is a message used in various campaigns. The beauty of the message is that it applies to our day-to-day social interactions. Understanding others provides essential insight into other’s behaviour that can therefore modify our own behaviour accordingly – if we are willing

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http://magazine.good.is/articles/algae-powered-building?utm_source=thedailygood&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dailygood

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Arup's building comprises algae housed in glass-plated tanks. The algae produce oily lipids and gases that can be transformed into energy to power the building. While there is valid criticism of its self-sufficiency claims, the aggressive pursuit of renewable energy sources is absolutely necessary.

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Origami Microscope And The “World’s Most Awesome Biology Manual” Will Make You See The World Differently | Big Think

Origami Microscope And The “World’s Most Awesome Biology Manual” Will Make You See The World Differently | Big Think | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
The Foldscope is an ingenious creation from Stanford’s PrakashLab. It's a microscope that can be assembled by folding a single printed sheet of paper, a process similar to making origami, and one that costs less than a dollar. 
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Getting children interested in science can be difficult. Certainly, if enthusiasm is lacking, the level of engagement in science can diminish further. So the idea of linking art and science with a hands-on experience is exceptionally powerful. I love this so much, my ‘geekometer’ went off-scale!

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MotionSavvy UNI: 1st sign language to voice system

MotionSavvy UNI: 1st sign language to voice system | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
MotionSavvy is Introducing a revolutionary two-way communication tool for the deaf and hearing
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A transformational technology and perhaps a major leap in bringing Deaf and Hearing Communities together - it certainly looks promising.

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Why MOOCs are Failing the People They're Supposed to Help

Why MOOCs are Failing the People They're Supposed to Help | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
MOOCs and online education are a technology with potentially revolutionary implications—but without a precise plan for realizing that potential.
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Massive Open Online Courses have the potential to be a transformational learning experience. However, the interplay between pedagogy, technology and learner characteristics reveals that technology alone is not enough in order to engage learners. Yet, if adopted appropriately, the promise is exciting.

 

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Overcoming Fear: Glimpsing the Brilliance of a Teen who has Dyslexia

Overcoming Fear: Glimpsing the Brilliance of a Teen who has Dyslexia | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
For Kayla Bruni, a high school senior who has dyslexia, video storytelling is a natural way to express herself. She clearly has a gift for it: recently, her video titled "Fear" went viral in the dyslexia community. Here is her story.
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A challenging message to embrace things that cause anxiety or fear and not avoid them - it may end up being the best experience you have ever had. Taking on challenges can make you stronger, yet getting up AFTER you fall is the BEST and HARDEST thing to do at times. FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY!

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ is about to get Lego-d | EW.com

‘The Big Bang Theory’ is about to get Lego-d | EW.com | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
The Big Bang Theory is getting the Lego treatment, joining the pop-culture likes of Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Jurassic Park. That’s right, Lego is releasing...
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In the immortal words of Mr Spock and Dr Cooper "Fascinating." A case of art imitating an imitation of life, there is hope for those wondering what to get me for my birthday next year. Big Bang Theory has mainstreamed science, research and geekdom and made it cool. That's what I'm telling everyone.

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An Etymological Map of the Brain - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com

An Etymological Map of the Brain - Neuroskeptic | DiscoverMagazine.com | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
The parts of the brain have many weird and wonderful names. But what do those names signify? I've made this Etymological Map of the Brain to illustrate the
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A neuroanatomy lesson... Love knowing the derivation of names.

 

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Are Online Vendors Giving You Their Best Price? Maybe Not, Research Says

Are Online Vendors Giving You Their Best Price? Maybe Not, Research Says | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
A new study found that e-commerce sites vary online pricing depending on whether customers use mobile or desktop devices, iOS or Android, and other factors.
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While 'dynamic pricing' may be common, consumers are being favoured or disfavoured based on various demographic or technical characteristics. A similar situation is seen with Amazon’s recent price variation (http://abcn.ws/1wD8VpM). Does consumerist behaviour drive this, or corporates, or both?

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Does New Zealand need an anti-stress law

Does New Zealand need an anti-stress law | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
A stress consultant believes New Zealand is falling into a dangerous always on call culture with one in 10 Kiwis unable to separate work and private life
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Codifying work-related stress issues may be one solution, but it seems two separate issues exist. 1. Expectations for after hours contact may be unreasonable. 2. Technology may negatively impact on workers. If issue 1 is sorted, then better SELF & TECH management may solve issue 2. #turnthephoneoff

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willi.am finally unveils his Puls – just DON’T call it a smartwatch!

willi.am finally unveils his Puls – just DON’T call it a smartwatch! | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
The device, which has a curved screen and Sim card reader built into the distinctive cuff design, was unveiled at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce event in San Francisco.
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Watching this with interest (pardon the pun - it's not a watch. according to Will.i.am). The field of wearable tech is certainly expanding. Viewing the videos and blogs, it's marketed as a 'young person's device' (Will is 39), sad really, I like this device. Feeling rebellious.

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For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test

For London's Cabbies, Job Entails World's Hardest Geography Test | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

Satellite navigation and GPS can't match the street smarts demanded by "The Knowledge" test - 25,000 streets and 20,000 landmarks - you do the math!

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The human brain’s navigational skills are sometimes superior to ‘technical prostheses,’ being more adaptive and responsive to user needs and environmental variables. Of note, the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology was awarded for the discovery of navigation cells in the brain (see http://bit.ly/ZrghSi)

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How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education

How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education
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"How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education.” Let's end this non-science nonsense now! I am very concerned that unsupported methods are being packaged, branded and sold as products that enhance human capacity. I’d hoped we’d have been smarter than this - clearly not.

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Sir John Kirwan: Coping with stress should be new school subject - National - NZ Herald News

Sir John Kirwan: Coping with stress should be new school subject - National - NZ Herald News | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it

Sir John Kirwan, former All Black (Rugby Union) and Auckland Blues coach says school students need to learn strategies for "resilience" when stressful things happen.

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Resilience, the ability to deal with adversity, is vital if children are to grow into capable young adults. While I do not know if the range of stressors has increased from previous years, I wonder if increased time spent in virtual worlds will negatively impact on a child’s practical life skills?

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Does the new iOS8 iphone update block your calls?

Does the new iOS8 iphone update block your calls? | Cognition et al. | Scoop.it
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6487
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So what’s happening? The hype around the release of the iPhone 6, coupled with a few sickening displays of ‘purchaser lust’ has certainly taken the gloss off the shiny apple for me. These recent technical issues seem out of character and I find my support for the brand is waning – interesting times.

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