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  • drdianehamilton 3:39 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bradley Cooper, , , , Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Institute for Advanced Study, , , , Limitless, Scott Tremaine, Theory of relativity   

    Young Boy Has Higher IQ Than Einstein 

    The video below of young Jake Barnett shows his amazing brain and abilities at the young age of 12.  With the recent movie release of Limitless with Bradley Cooper, there is a lot of focus on the brain and its potential. 

    At the age of 3, young Jake was diagnosed with autism.  Parentdish reported, “But today, 12-year-old Jake is studying electromagnetic physics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and has an IQ of 170, higher than that of Albert Einstein. And he’s astounding university professors by developing his own theory of relativity — they’re lining him up for a Ph.D research role, Barnett, of Noblesville, Ind., says.” To read Jake’s amazing story, click here.

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  • drdianehamilton 11:09 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Adolescence, American Academy of Pediatrics, , Common Sense Media, , , , , , ,   

    Facebook Depression: Report of How Social Networking Can Affect Our Youth 

     

    A report released today (March 28, 2011) by the American Academy of Pediatrics has come up with a syndrome they call Facebook Depression.  This report is titled:  Clinical Report—the Impact of Social Media on  Children, Adolescents, and Families.  Although Facebook allows people to remain in contact with friends and develop relationships, there can also be a downside.  MyHealthNewsDaily reported, “heavy use of Facebook, as well as other risks of the online world such as cyber bullying and sexting, can have serious consequences, so it’s critical for parents to stay involved in their children’s lives.”

    This is not the first time social media has and its impact on young adults has been studied.  Livescience explained, “A big chunk of kids’ social development now takes place in the online world, according to the report. A study released in February 2010 found that 70 percent of wired American teens and young adults use social networking sites. A 2009 poll conducted by Common Sense Media found that more than half of teens use a social networking site more than once a day.”

    The good is that there are some “benefits of children and adolescents using social media including:

    • Opportunities for community engagement through raising money for charity and volunteering for local events, including political and philanthropic events
    • Enhancement of individual and collective creativity through development and sharing of artistic and musical endeavors
    • Growth of ideas from the creation of blogs, podcasts, videos, and gaming sites
    • Expansion of one’s online connections through shared interests to include others from more diverse backgrounds (such communication is an important step for all adolescents and affords the opportunity for respect, tolerance, and increased discourse about personal and global issues)
    • Fostering of one’s individual identity and unique social skills–Enhanced Learning Opportunities”

    For the complete report click here.

     
  • drdianehamilton 5:36 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , Nuclear meltdown, Nuclear power, Nuclear reactor technology, Radioactive contamination, , Tsunami   

    Japan Breach Danger Increases: Explanation of What This Means 

    There is a lot of fear of radiation due to the nuclear reactor damage in Japan’s recent earthquake.  Many people fear what could happen should the facility not be able to be kept under control.  AOLNews reported an update today claiming, “Two weeks after an earthquake and tsunami triggered a crisis at a nuclear plant, the facility is still not under control, and the government said Friday there is a suspected breach at a reactor. That means radioactive contamination at the plant is more serious than once thought.”

    Just the words Nuclear Meltdown can bring panic.  The podcast “Stuff You Should Know” with Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant includes an excellent explanation of how nuclear meltdowns work.  An interesting thing they point out in that podcast is that the earthquake was not as damaging as the tsunami that followed.  For a written explanation of How Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Works, click here.

     
  • drdianehamilton 8:58 pm on March 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Gender, , , , National Institute of Mental Health, , , ,   

    The Human Brain: Gender Differences in Intelligence and Maturity 

    For explanation of the meaning of this chart see:  online.wsj.com
     
    Experts continue to research what makes individuals unique.  Is there a difference between human intelligence in males vs. females?  Ask a woman and you might get a different answer than if you ask a man?  According to Hedges, ” IQ tests, regarded by psychometricians as measures of intelligence, have shown that differences between men and women are minimal or negligible, but men are often overrepresented at extreme scores, both very high and very low.”

    Rueven Bar-On, a leading expert in emotional intelligence, reported that “no differences appeared between males and females regarding overall emotional and social competence.”  That is not to say that both sexes were identical.  “Females appear to have stronger interpersonal skills than males, but the later have a higher intrapersonal capacity, are better at stress management, and are more adaptable.”

    Scientists have now looked at the brains of both sexes at the age of 10, 16 and 20 to see if there truly are differences in maturity levels between the two.  WJSOnline reported “Although boys’ and girls’ brains show differences around age 10, during puberty key parts of their brains become more similar.”  By measuring the brain’s cortex and how it may change as boys and girls age, the National Institute of Mental Health Child’s Psychiatric Branch studied 284 people and found “boys’ and girls’ brains, on average, differ significantly at age 9, but by the time the participants reached 22, the brains of the two sexes grew more alike in many areas critical for learning.”

    Some interesting differences in Gender Development noted in the article included:

    Gender Development

    Some typical milestones and when boys and girls tend to hit them:

    At birth: Girls are a few weeks more mature neurologically and have more advanced hearing. Boys on average weigh half a pound more.

    First words: Girls typically utter their first word at 11 or 12 months, one month ahead of boys.

    Vocabulary: At 18 months, girls on average know 86.8 words, more than double boys’ 41.8 words. By 30 months, boys’ and girls’ language skills have converged, at about 500 words.

    Walking: Caucasian girls and boys tend to walk around 12 months. African-Americans walk sooner, at nine to 10 months.

    Potty training: Girls are fully trained by 36 months, according to one study. Boys took a bit longer, training by 38 months.

    Onset of puberty: For girls, the process can start at age 9 to 10. For boys, it’s closer to 11 to 12.

    Source: WSJ research

     
  • drdianehamilton 11:38 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Part-time, , Scarborough, ,   

    Retired for Hire: More Seniors Working, Shopping, Donating and Spending 

     

    A report released last week from Scarborough.com showed in 2010 that 6.2 million people over 65 are working. This group has been referred to as the Retired for Hire. Many of these workers are not in dire financial straits either. In fact this report showed, “Adults over the age of 65 who are still working full-time or part-time are slightly more likely than the average adult to have an annual household income of $150K or more.”

    This report has some interesting profile information about this group including:

    • They were financially in good shape with an average income over $150K
    • Of those working, 57% worked part time and 43% worked full time
    • 22% of them shopped at Wal-Mart in past 3 months
    • They were 30% more likely to donate to green causes
    • They were avid patrons of the arts
    • They were 92% more likely to have donated to political organizations
    • They were just as likely as the normal population to go to the gym
    • 48% of them were into gardening
    • Their use of HDTV’s is up 150%
    • 80% had desktop computers
    • They were more likely to spend money on home improvements
    • 41% made a purchase at Home Depot in the last year

    Scarborough concluded, “The 6.2 million adults working past retirement age in America tend to be financially sound, with robust investment portfolios and higher than average incomes. This suggests that financial service providers such as banks, investment firms and personal services such as accounting firms and financial planners have a robust marketing target in Retired for Hire.”

     
  • drdianehamilton 11:33 am on March 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Attention, Attention Switching, Computer multitasking, , , , , Multi-tasking myth, Neuroscientist, Switch, , ,   

    Multi-Tasking and Time Management: Are We Really Attention-Switching? 

     

    Short of sleeping while ironing, I am constantly doing more than one thing at a time. After giving a speech to a local career group, a man from the audience came up to me and said that “there is no such thing as multi-tasking.”   This is an interesting thing to debate.  This topic became popular a few years ago when scientists were doing a lot of studies on multi-tasking. 

    Paul M. Jones claims that the many things we call multi-tasking are actually attention-switching.  According to Jones, “You cannot perform two or more non-trivial tasks at the same time; at best, you pay attention to one and mostly ignore the other, then you switch your attention to the other and dismiss the first one temporarily, and then you switch your attention back to the first again. This is far less effective than completing the first task, then moving on to the second task, because of the time and mental effort it takes to switch between tasks.” 

    Some of what people are referring to when they say science has proven that multi-tasking is a myth is due to the results of several studies.  One of those studies was completed by Neuroscientist, Daniel Weissman,  who studied subjects’ brains as they performed different tasks.  For more information on these brain studies, check out NPR’S report by clicking here

    I’ve read some of the literature.  Perhaps the wording multi-tasking is the problem. I’m happy to use the term attention-switching. However, for me, if I waited until I completed one thing to start something else, I would be missing a lot of opportunities to fill in some gaps.  I often have several programs open on my computer.  As I am working in one program, waiting for the page to refresh or for something to calculate on screen, I can switch to another program and be working on something else.  If I simply sat and waited for my computer to finish thinking, I’d be doing a lot of staring at my computer’s hourglass.  Saying that multi-tasking is a myth and calling this act attention-switching is fine.  However, I do not agree, at least for me, that tasks must be completed in entirety before moving onto something else. 

    In a job where I “dialed for dollars”, I would type my sales call notes as I spoke to my customers over the phone.  This helped me to not forget the most important parts of the conversation.  It also allowed me to have at least an hour more phone productivity time as compared to other employees that waited until they got off the phone to write their notes. 

    Whether you want to refer to doing more than one thing at a time as multi-tasking or attention-switching, there is a lot of wasted time out there that I believe more people should be looking for in order to become more efficient.  If you have time management issues, I would suggest looking for things that you can do simultaneously as in my example of the call notes.  Some things can be combined to make your day more productive.

     
  • drdianehamilton 8:42 pm on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chile, , , , , Japan Earthquake, , Person Finder, ,   

    Google, Twitter and YouTube Helping Japanese Earthquake Survivors Find Loved Ones and Shelter 

    Google’s person find is an online tool dedicated to helping Japanese earthquake survivors find their loved ones.  This tool was developed after the 2010 earthquake in Chile and was used in the New Zealand earthquake as well. Bloomberg reported, “The Google Person Finder service, which collects information about people’s locations and their safety status, is intended to help users find out if their friends and families are safe,” Visit the Google Person Finder 2011 Earthquake site here.

    Google reported, “Searching the Internet on sites such as Google, Twitter and their local variants has become more effective in finding loved ones than sifting through wreckage following Japan’s devastating tsunami.”

    Youtube has also set up a channel to help victims communicate.  This channel contains messages to help survivors find shelters and others affected by the earthquake. 

     
  • drdianehamilton 11:40 am on March 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Jerry Colangelo, , Pat McMahon, , , Phoenix metropolitan area, Shrine Auditorium, YOB, Your Own Business   

    Your Own Business (YOB) Fair 

    Today, March 18, 2011 the FREE YOB Fair will be held at the Shrine Auditorium at 552 N. 40th Street in Phoenix.  I will have a booth there.  I hope anyone in the Phoenix area will come stop by and say hello.  Jerry Colangelo and Pat McMahon will be keynote speakers there.   “YOB is a revolutionary collaboration of Arizona’s business owners, visionaries, leaders, community members and resources charging forward as one. Never before has there been a time and opportunity to come together and maximize our collective knowledge, experience, resources and success. YOB is the first large business fair in Arizona to exchange tools, opportunities, alliances, strategies and vision in one power-packed day.”

    I will be available to answer questions about career change, online learning and how to utilize personality assessments in the workplace.  Learn how to utilizing the ability to understand personalities to:

    • Inerview job applicants
    • Increase team productivity
    • Recognize how to get the most out of employees
    • Recognize how to deal with customers

    Plus a lot more.  If you would like to have a basic understanding of your Myers Briggs MBTI type, I will be able to give you some guidance today at the YOB Fair.

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:03 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , movabletype, , TypePad,   

    Blog Overload: Who Has Time to Read it All? 

     

    There is no question that the blogosphere is growing.  According to webdesignerdepot “WordPress has statistics for both WordPress.com (15.1 million blogs and counting) and self-hosted WordPress installations (17.4 million active installations), which gives part of the picture. There are more than 10 million tumblogs on Tumblr. Blogger doesn’t offer any public statistics on how many blogs they host. Technorati is currently tracking more than 1.2 million blogs. And there are likely millions of other blogs out there hosted on other services like Movable Type, TypePad, Expression Engine, and other CMSs.”

    There is no shortage of blog search engines to find blogs that contain information of interest. There are also lots of articles by sites like Forbes and others who occasionally list their idea of top blogging sites.  Google and Google News features can be incorporated into an iGoogle page, and can be another way to keep up with topics to follow. 

    With all of this information out there, who has time to read it all?  Bloggers know it can be good form to make comments on others’ blogs.  However, finding the time to not only read these blogs but formulate insightful comments may be difficult. Even if people find a good blog to follow and subscribe to their RSS feed, as sites continue to be added to the feed, the feed reader may have more information than people have time to visit. 

    There has been speculation about when blogging popularity will die down.  The latest discussion is whether Facebook will replace blogging and company websites.  Cnet reported, “Even if Facebook doesn’t somehow supplant lots of Web sites, though, there’s no denying the social network is becoming more important to marketing, and it’s adapting to the idea.

    With technology constantly changing, people may find it difficult to keep up with it all.  To get an idea of just how many blogs and how much information is out there, check out the following graph:

     

    Ever wondered how many blogs are there on internet?how big is the blogosphere‘. How much revenue is generated from blogs? what are the key demographics for the blogging publishers? and what are the languages used used online? This Infographics is an answer to these questions.
    state_of_the_blogosphere
     

     

     
  • drdianehamilton 10:46 pm on March 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , localnews, , , Pew Internet, ,   

    The Rise of Mobile Access: New Pew Research 

     

    With the release of the new iPad, there is an increasing focus on how people obtain their information.  According to new research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, nearly half (47%) of all U.S. adults get at least some local news and information on their phone or tablet.

    There were some interesting statistics from the Pew Report. 

    • More Hispanics than Whites obtained their news from mobile devices. 
    • The less affluent (12%) were nearly as likely to get their information this way as the more affluent (19%).
    • Only 7% of US adults owned a tablet.
    • People with children were more likely to use mobile devices to obtain news.

    For the complete Pew report, click here.

     
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