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Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: The best part of the map is that it’s interactive. If you take your mouse and hover over any part of it, you’ll soon find a short video popping up. Although one can see some strict delineations between one emotion and the next, the visual map also blends categories when necessary, making it highly nuanced. To create this map, the researchers collected 2,185 online videos. Each was a 5-10 second clip portraying a particular emotion. SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)/ Big Think ... Read More
There's more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars
VIDEO: Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning. Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, transcendence and story telling. SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Outsmart evolution and master your emotions
VIDEO TALK: Introducing conscious awareness to facial expressions can help one override and control their emotions. If you put on your face one of the universal expressions you will turn on the physiology of emotion. You will begin to experience that emotion. So the face is not simply a display system that tells you what's happening inside me. I can self generate any emotion by making the movements on my face. The way in which we can improve our emotional life is to introduce conscious awareness into the process and that will take practice since nature did not want you to do that' so you have to do it yourself. SOURCE: Big Think via YouTube ... Read More
Photographs and memories … you gain some, you lose some
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: Do all those shots that we take when we travel add to our enjoyment and deepen our memories, or by being preoccupied taking them, degrade appreciation and recollection? SOURCE: Big Think ... Read More
We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning
WEBSITE/ LONG ARTICLE: The most important feature of ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is that ALEKS uses artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge. ALEKS "knows," at each moment, with respect to each individual topic, whether each individual student has mastered that topic. If not, ALEKS knows whether the student is ready to learn the topic at that moment. ALEKS uses this knowledge to make learning more efficient and effective by continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics she is ready to learn right now. This builds student confidence and learning momentum. SOURCE: ALEKS/ Slate ... Read More
Maybe we all need a little less balance
ARTICLE: An interesting idea: maybe the good life is not about trying to achieve some sort of illusory balance. Instead, maybe it’s about pursuing your interests fully, but with enough internal self-awareness to regularly evaluate what you’re not pursuing as a result — and make changes if necessary. Living in this manner trumps balance any day. SOURCE: New York Times ... Read More
Your speaking voice is your #1 communication tool: learn to use it well
ARTICLES/ UTILITY: Language and speech are unique to humans. Speech is the way we communicate our thoughts and feelings to those around us. Yet, very few of us have the ability to use it well. It's not easy to change the way you speak. Like all attempts at changing behaviour, speaking effectively requires attention to a bunch of details. This post includes links to some sites that will teach you how to speak well and, with it, improve your image. SOURCE: Multiple ... Read More
Your mind can be tricked into feeling less pain
INFOGRAPHIC/ VIDEO: Pain is never a nice things to experience, but it is one of the most useful bodily signals we have. It acts like an alarm system – sending an immediate message for harmful and potentially fatal conditions. New research now shows how as well as being tricked into experiencing pain, the brain can also be fooled into experiencing pain relief. What we know to be true can be overridden by the brain. In practical terms, these findings could present viable treatment and pain relief in conditions for people with chronic pain potentially offering hope to thousands of people whose lives are blighted on a daily basis. SOURCE: The Conversation ... Read More
A bird’s-eye view of nature’s hidden order
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random. Hyperuniformity is clearly a state to which diverse systems converge, but the explanation for its universality is a work in progress. ... hyperuniformity as basically a hallmark of deeper optimisation processes of some sort ... But what these processes are might vary a lot between different problems. SOURCE: Quanta Magazine ... Read More
Make your resume stand out from the crowd - use an infographic style
INFOGRAPHIC: A journey of a thousand miles, it is said, begins with a single step. Your resume is most often the first step in your professional career. It should stand out from the crowds that flood employer's offices each day. Infographics are effective, eye-catching devices for conveying information. Use an infographic style to submit your resume and make sure that it is picked out in the early rounds. Edge out the competition with captivating CVs designed from Canva's collection of professional resume templates - free to customize with the help of their intuitive design editor. Use the checklist to make sure that all important elements are included. SOURCE: Canva/ Essay Mama ... Read More

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