Archive for June, 2013

 
  • neurosciencestuff: Babies can read each other’s moods Although it may seem difficult for adults to understand what an infant is feeling, a new study from Brigham Young University finds that it’s so easy a baby could do it. Psychology professor Ross Flom’s study, published in the academic journal Infancy, shows that infants can recognize each other’s emotions by five months of age. This study comes on the heels of other significant research by Flom on infants’ ability to understand the moods of dogs, monkeys and classical music. “Newborns can’t verbalize to their mom or dad that they are hungry or tired, so the first way they communicate is through affect or emotion,” says Flom. “Thus it is not surprising that in early development, infants learn to discriminate changes in affect.” Infants can match emotion in adults at seven months and familiar adults at six months. In order to test infant’s perception of their peer’s emotions, Flom and his team of researchers tested a baby’s ability to match emotional infant vocalizations with a paired infant facial expression. “We found that 5 month old infants can match their peer’s positive and negative vocalizations with the appropriate facial expression,” says Flom. “This is the first study to show a matching ability with an infant this young. They are exposed to affect in a peer’s voice and face which is likely more familiar to them because it’s how they themselves convey or communicate positive and negative emotions.” In the study, infants were seated in front of two monitors. One of the monitors displayed video of a happy, smiling baby while the other monitor displayed video of a second sad, frowning baby. When audio was played of a third happy baby, the infant participating in the study looked longer to the video of the baby with positive facial expressions. The infant also was able to match negative vocalizations with video of the sad frowning baby. The audio recordings were from a third baby and not in sync with the lip movements of the babies in either video. “These findings add to our understanding of early infant development by reiterating the fact that babies are highly sensitive to and comprehend some level of emotion,” says Flom. “Babies learn more in their first 2 1/2 years of life than they do the rest of their lifespan, making it critical to examine how and what young infants learn and how this helps them learn other things.” Flom co-authored the study of 40 infants from Utah and Florida with Professor Lorraine Bahrick from Florida International University. Flom’s next step in studying infant perception is to run the experiments with a twist: test whether babies could do this at even younger ages if instead they were watching and hearing clips of themselves. And while the talking twin babies in this popular YouTube clip are older, it’s still a lot of fun to watch them babble at each other.

     
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  • spiritualinspiration: In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much fruit. To “prune” means something is cut away, something is removed. In other words, maybe a good friend that you counted on moved to another city. Maybe a business shut down that you were connected to, or a relationship went a different direction. Friend, God knows what you need in your life in order to grow and flourish. Sometimes when things happen that we don’t understand, we have to just trust that He is working behind the scenes preparing you for increase, preparing you to go to another level. Don’t put a question mark where God has placed a period. When you’re going through transition, don’t get bitter. Don’t get down and think it’s the end. Don’t start thinking that you’re a failure. Have the attitude, “God, I let this go knowing that it was only temporary provision, and what You have in my future will be greater than what I’m letting go of.” If you will accept the change and stay in faith, God will open new doors. He will bring new opportunities, new friendships, and take you to another level of His glory!

     
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  • iamthedrunksnail: Kids, Hot dogs, Nitrates, Nitrites and Cancer. Ugh. Makes you think twice before grabbing that dog at the ball park… http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/11697-hot-dog-cancer-risks.html

     
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  • odditiesoflife: Moving Through Color These breathtaking tree tunnels are famous in their perspective countries, standing as a testament to time and beauty: Wisteria Tunnel, Tochigi, Japan – Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of the best places to admire different varieties of wisteria. Dark Hedges, County Antrim, Northern Ireland – This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century, and is one of the most photographed natural phenomena in the country. Tunnel of Love, Kleven, Ukraine – This luscious green tunnel provides passage for a private train that provides wood to a local factory. The tunnel is also used by lovers to make a wish – it is said that if they are sincere in their love, their wishes will come true. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Tokyo, Japan – Around 65,000 ginkgo trees line the streets of Tokyo; they are known as “the bearer of hope”, since some of them survived the bombing of Hiroshima. This tree tunnel is located in the outer garden of Meiji Shrine. Jacarandas Walk, Johannesburg, South Africa – The Jacaranda trees explode into full blossom every October, turning the walk into a purple paradise. Point Reyes, California, United States – Bishop pine, douglas fir and coast redwood are all to be found in this atmospheric part of the Pacific Coast. Ashdown Forest, West Sussex, England – Much of the tree cover in the South Downs area was razed thousands of years ago, but some thickly-wooded areas remain. Sena De Luna, Spain – A small Spanish village in the province of Castile and León, Sena De Luna is home to around 450 people.

     
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  • italian-luxury: tokyo-bleep: Navagio Beach 

     
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