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The Mask of Ego: How Attached are You to Yours?

The Mask of Ego: How Attached are You to Yours? | Understanding life | Scoop.it
“If you wear a mask long enough, you begin to forget who you are beneath it”- Unknown When we think of someone who has a big ego we may think of a conceited, arrogant, self-absorbed type who looks down on others. However, ego comes in all shapes and...

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100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) | TED Blog

100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) | TED Blog | Understanding life | Scoop.it
200 websites you need to know about, from e-commerce to search to media + culture. A list of 100 new ones, plus our original 100 from 2007.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 19, 2014 5:38 PM

This is an outstanding teaching and learning resources list.

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This Kid Thinks We Could Save So Many Lives If Only It Was OK To Say 4 Words

This Kid Thinks We Could Save So Many Lives If Only It Was OK To Say 4 Words | Understanding life | Scoop.it
Goose bumps. That's all I have to say.

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, June 28, 2013 10:21 AM

This young man has the courage to speak out on an issue that is so critical to all of us, especially those who suffer from depression. We all need to hear his story. Take 11 minutes out of your day and listen. It may make the difference between life and death for someone you love.

Thomas Doherty's curator insight, July 6, 2013 3:34 PM

Because of the depression and anxiety the British people are having to battle against due to the treatment being inflicted upon them by this brutal, uncaring, unfeeling, genocidic, government of have and have plenties, the advice this youth gives will be very usefull in enlightening people who are suffering from these dreadful illness's that it is ok to have them, to talk about them, to explain them to others not suffering, and to eventually break the bonds that have hold of you.  

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12 talks on understanding the brain

12 talks on understanding the brain | Understanding life | Scoop.it

[Videos] Read Montague is interested in the human dopamine system -- or, as he puts it in this illuminating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, that which makes us "chase sex, food and salt" and therefore survive. (...) - by Kate Torgovnick, TED blog, September 24, 2012


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How does brain feel another's pain?

How does brain feel another's pain? | Understanding life | Scoop.it

Empathy for someone with whom you can directly relate is mostly generated by the intuitive, sensory-motor parts of the brain, while empathy for someone with whom you cannot directly relate to relies on the brain's rationalising part.

Your brain works hard to help you understand your fellow humans -- no matter how different they may be.

Even lacking a limb will not stop your brain from understanding what it is like for someone else to experience pain in one of them. It may, however, change the way your brain does so.


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5 Cognitive Biases and How to Fight Them

One of the key activities associated with learning is exploring and understanding the way the human brain functions, and using the results of this to properly h

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Ally Greer's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:31 PM

Show your brain who's boss and beat cognitive biases that can harm your critical thinking skills!

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35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students

35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students | Understanding life | Scoop.it
35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students

 

If there is one thing teachers lack, it’s time.

 

And while using technology to automate learning has been frowned upon by many, using it to automate time-consuming processes or aggregate data automatically is among the many seamless fits technology can make into any classroom. Which is where the following collections of apps and tools comes in.


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Paul Ng's curator insight, December 13, 2013 2:15 AM

The LECTURE IS DEAD.  So many tools exist now for an interactive class that teachers have no excuse... 

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Have used a couple will need to check out the various features.

 

holbel mendez's curator insight, January 17, 2014 11:19 AM

"Very cool tools and websites for creating quizzes and polls!

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White Bears and Car Crashes (Thinking About Thinking) (Ed Batista)

White Bears and Car Crashes (Thinking About Thinking) (Ed Batista) | Understanding life | Scoop.it
The ability to be aware of--and influence--what we're thinking about is a critical self-coaching skill. We need to focus our attention on what's important and devote less of it to what's irrelevant, a task that's more difficult when we're stressed...
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Underdoing It and Overdoing It (Assertiveness Over Time)

Underdoing It and Overdoing It (Assertiveness Over Time) | Understanding life | Scoop.it
We often live out the pattern graphed above--at least I do, and many of my coaching clients and MBA students do as well. If our initial attempts are unsuccessful when advocating for (or against) a position or when seeking to...

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Being Human: Perception & the Brain

V.S. Ramachandran and Beau Lotto discuss the brain, our lived experience of the world, and how it relates to being human.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Augmented Reality

The Beginner’s Guide To Augmented Reality | Understanding life | Scoop.it
I was having a discussion recently with someone about trends in education, and the topic of augmented reality came up.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 6, 2013 3:48 PM

I just saw a live demo of this technology with an iPad app that teaches math and geometry concepts and it's pretty cool. 

Janice Phillips's curator insight, December 8, 2013 10:09 AM

Reality is something we face daily!

 

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600 Other Ways To Say Common Things: Improving Learner Vocabulary

600 Other Ways To Say Common Things: Improving Learner Vocabulary | Understanding life | Scoop.it
Helps students reduce cliche language with these 600 "other ways to say."

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John Dalziel's curator insight, June 10, 2013 5:05 PM

This post contains graphics that could play a role in improving learner vocabulary.

Another post for Functional English

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Socrates: The Method Man

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"Socrates was one of the few teachers who actually died for his craft, executed by the Athenian authorities for supposedly corrupting the young. Most learning professionals will have heard of the ‘Socratic method’ but few will know that he never wrote a single word describing this method, fewer still will know that the method is not what it is commonly represented to be." | by Donald Clark


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8 Signs You're a Control Freak

8 Signs You're a Control Freak | Understanding life | Scoop.it
You might not know it, but your controlling behaviors are making your employees batty. Here are a few ways to ease up already.

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, December 31, 2012 2:49 PM

I always considered myself a control freak. This article is extremely helpful because I realize that I'm really not. I suppose I have some tendencies. I'm guilty of trying to control my own destiny, but I find it repulsive to try to control others by micromanaging, interfering with other people's relationships or manipulating. Sadly, these behaviors are often generational: Learned in youth and carried forward generation after generation. Unless one consciously breaks the pattern, one will continue to repeat it.

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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases | Understanding life | Scoop.it

In a world with more information than ever, figuring out how to use the brain to its fullest potential, as well as filling it with as much knowledge as possible, is the main focus of a vast amount of people in this world.

I’ve made it clear on many occasions that I believe in the importance of being a perpetual learner. One of the key activities associated with learning is exploring and understanding the way the human brain functions, and using the results of this to properly hack the critical thinking process. For example, did you know that something called a cognitive bias exists? This term refers to the tendency to think in certain ways.

Cognitive biases range from the bandwagon effect – when truths are accepted because a large amount of people also accept them – to the confirmation bias – when people believe information that confirms what they think or believe in. According to those who study psychology and behavioral economics, hundreds of cognitive biases exist. It’s necessary to educate ourselves on these biases so that we can overcome them and make sure we’re thinking as clearly and critically as possible when it comes to decision making and information processing. Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill that has been overlooked by many as information becomes more accessible and superfluous.


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Brain Produces Empathy in Various Ways

Brain Produces Empathy in Various Ways | Understanding life | Scoop.it

Our brains are capable of experiencing physical empathy in a variety of ways. We rely on the intuitive, sensory-motor parts of the brain to relate to someone who is experiencing something that we have also experienced. However, through the rational part of the brain, we are also able to feel empathy for someone feeling something we have not or are incapable of experiencing.

 

According to a new study from University of Southern California, even missing a limb will not stop your brain from understanding what it is like for someone else to experience pain in that limb.


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BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, A love story told using the science of mirror neurons

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By Sarah Woods. A love story told using the science of mirror neurons.

 

Anja and Rhys's love story is told from a neurological perspective, by neuroscientist Christian Keysers. It's the story of two individuals whose brains begin to 'mirror' each other as they gradually fall in love. As Christian says it's "...not so much an exchange of information as two brains becoming one."

 

Author of 'The Empathic Brain', Christian is Head of the Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences. He seeks to understand how, as social animals, our brains mirror those of other people, so that understanding others is not an effort of explicit thought but an intuitive sharing of emotions, sensations and actions.


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Online Video Marketing Strategy – 7 Social Psychology Tips

Online Video Marketing Strategy – 7 Social Psychology Tips | Understanding life | Scoop.it

The brain is literally the most amazing thing. Two hemispheres, three pounds, wired together uniquely for each individual and extremely complex. So complex that we are still far from a full understanding of it.


We do have some valuable knowledge about the brain. The ‘new brain’, the outside bit, is the most recent part of the brain to evolve; it is the rational, logical processing machine that we are very aware of and use a lot. The ‘mid-brain’ is the part that can be associated with our emotions and emotional impulses. Finally, there is the ‘old brain’. The old brain is the bit that worries about us staying alive. It is ultimately concerned with our survival and we can’t make a decision without the old brain agreeing to it.


You will have experienced times when your old brain comes into conflict with your new brain. For me, I think back to a parachute jump in Australia. My new brain was trying to be all reasonable, explaining to my old brain that it was all going to be fine; I was strapped to an expert, he does this every day, and we have a nice parachute ready to take us to earth safely. All the while, my old brain was calling my new brain an idiot for trying to make me jump from 14,000 feet.


Successful marketers know how to speak to the old brain as well as the mid brain and the new brain. The evolution of marketing over the past 20 years has been extraordinary; in the eighties, TV, radio and direct mail were the only real marketing options. The nineties saw the rise of online display, paid search and affiliate marketing. The fragmentation since 2000 has been dramatic and marketers are now facing a scarcity of attention, rather than a scarcity of marketing methods. With this evolution, people have become very mistrusting of marketers. The industry is therefore having to change and think about ways to talk to the old brain which is suspicious of a lot of marketing.


Here are seven tips for speaking to different bits of the consumer brain for you to apply to your online video marketing strategy.

 

 

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Jennifer Delorme's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:13 PM

This is an interesting article about online marketing videos. It details how theyhave 7 tactics to scientifically reach your customers brain in the best way.
1-They see how many others have seen the video tricks them to watch it.
2-Use a comparison and contrast in your video, to show yours is better.
3-Scarcity, when its less available, the brain seems to want it more.
4-Use small surpises, they increase ones mood.
5-Dont ask for big commitment, its puts customers off, and send them running.
6-Give to the customer first. As if you own them and they will be more willing.
7-Have visual stimuli to attract interest. Its more attractive to the brain.

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8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve | Understanding life | Scoop.it
Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this means they can shed light on some of the basic questions of existence.
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David Rock on Neuroscience, Leadership and the SCARF Model (Ed Batista)

David Rock on Neuroscience, Leadership and the SCARF Model (Ed Batista) | Understanding life | Scoop.it
Shortly before taking a break from writing last Fall, I began digging more deeply into the work of David Rock, who for many years has been exploring the field of neuroscience and its implications for management, coaching, and organizational life....
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Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness | Dr. Rick Hanson

Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness | Dr. Rick Hanson | Understanding life | Scoop.it

Session 5: Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness

Session Highlights:

An in-depth conversation with Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of ItCompassion for oneself and others in painBringing willpower to compassionBalancing compassion and assertiveness

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4 Steps To Forgiveness

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"Forgiveness means giving up the suffering of the past and being willing to forge ahead with far greater potential for inner freedom."

 

Forgiveness transforms anger and hurt into healing and peace. Forgiveness can help you overcome feelings of depression, anxiety, and rage, as well as personal and relational conflicts. It is about making the conscious decision to let go of a grudge. Why would anyone want to forgive someone who has wronged her in the past? It is not about letting someone off the hook for a wrongdoing, or forgetting about the past, or forgetting about the pain. It certainly does not mean that you stick around for future maltreatment from a boss, a partner, parent, or friend. It is about setting yourself free so that you can move forward in your own life. Joan Borysenko said in an interview, "You can forgive someone who wronged you and still call the police and testify in court." Forgiveness requires a deep inquiry within ourselves about "our story."


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Edge: YOU CAN'T BE A SWEET CUCUMBER IN A VINEGAR BARREL: A Talk with Philip Zimbardo

Edge: YOU CAN'T BE A SWEET CUCUMBER IN A VINEGAR BARREL: A Talk with Philip Zimbardo | Understanding life | Scoop.it

(PHILIP ZIMBARDO:) For years I've been interested in a fundamental question concerning what I call the psychology of evil: Why is it that good people do evil deeds? I've been interested in that question since I was a little kid. Growing up in the ghetto in the South Bronx, I had lots of friends who I thought were good kids, but for one reason or another they ended up in serious trouble. They went to jail, they took drugs, or they did terrible things to other people. My whole upbringing was focused on trying to understand what could have made them go wrong.

 


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