warlo006: October 2011 Archives

How fast can you read?

user-pic
Vote 0 Votes

Many advertisements explicate that they are capable of increasing your rate of reading by 15,000-30,000 words per minute in order for you to succeed on any test, such as the A.C.T or any college exam. But can they actually do it? The answer to this question is no. In reality, the average reading rate is 200-300 words per minute and through tons of research, scientists have proven that speed-reading is one of the largest hoax claims that the media attempts to sell. This extraordinary claim explains how most "speed-reading" derives from skimming: which is a process of searching for key information to gain clues about the meaning. This underlines the idea that skimming is not actual reading, thus you cannot improve your reading rates because it weakens your comprehension levels significantly. Ironically, the faster you are able to read, the less information you are likely to take in, which results in a decline in your learning. According to the controlled studies by Cunningham, Stan Ovich, and Wilson, reading faster than 400 words per minute leads to less than half of your overall comprehension. I believe this is an important hoax claim to eliminate because people are wasting their time and money on something that our mind is physically not proficient in. Also, In the long run, speed-reading has a negative consequence on our comprehension. I went to some expensive tutoring in preparation for the A.C.T, in hope of improving my reading skills. The pricing was ridiculous and in the end, it did not increase my reading score in any shape or form, it actually decreased it. Ultimately, speed-reading has more negative effects than positive ones, thus, our society should attempt to avoid these hoax claims at all cause.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=speed+reading&num=10&um=1&hl=en&biw=1192&bih=622&tbm=isch&tbnid=Zu_MAOa1lrbb7M:&imgrefurl=http://www.selfhelptipsblog.org/wood-speed-reading/&docid=_6wwUvynbPVerM&imgurl=http://www.selfhelptipsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/wood-speed-reading.jpg&w=300&h=400&ei=d-OkTvOmJMaxsAKJkt2KBQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=87&vpy=251&dur=3667&hovh=259&hovw=194&tx=120&ty=200&sig=103566826767653227646&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=119&tbnw=87&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:14,s:0

http://www.rocketreader.com/ LILIENFELD TEXT. (Second edition)

Motion Blindness

user-pic
Vote 0 Votes

Walking through a crosswalk and pouring coffee into a cup emerge as simple tasks to most people. However, to someone with Akinetopsia, or also commonly known as "Motion Blindness", they would approach these situations with quite the challenge. Motion Blindness is affected by a change in brain structure, particularly in the lesions, that disrupts the psychological procedure of comprehending sensual information. Motion Blindness is instigated by a discrepancy from lesions in the posterior side of the visual cortex, commonly known as The Occipital Lobes. Overall, this means that the neurons of the central temporal cortex respond to moving stimuli and the middle temporal cortex is the motion-processing area of the cerebral cortex. Through one case study, only one patient, Gisela Leibold, has been reported to have Akinetopsia. Leibold's brain lesion was bilateral and symmetrical and it did not disturb any other visual functions. Some Unilateral lesions have been informed to damage motion perceptions. This disease is exceptionally rare and this is an important disease to learn about because as of right now there is no cure and it is considered to be traumatic brain injury. Also, it is essential in learning how to prevent one from damaging the occipital lobes, which corresponds with one's sense of motion. One question that I contemplate is how this disease does not affect people's abilities to see color, shape, size and only motion. Normally, brain injuries lead to more problems, but Motion Blindness only plays a role in how our brain perceives motion. I could not imagine my life without being able to detect movement, especially with the dancing and working out I enjoy to participate in. Most people forget how lucky they can be and it takes an injury for them to truly appreciate how fortunate they are to be able to see the world the way they already do.
aa
aa
aa

What Controls You?

user-pic
Vote 0 Votes

Do your days consist of an early morning meeting, all-day conference calls, and unlimited loads of schoolwork and many chores around the house? All of these can build up stress in one's minds if he or she does not take a course of action. The way to cope with these stress related issues is through exercising. According to The Mayo Clinic's article, "Stress Management", there is a direct (Correlation vs. Causation) relation on how exercising can reduce one's stress level. Some highlights the article emphasizes are how working out energizes your endorphins and sheds your daily tensions through movement and motion. The article also reflects and lastly it increases self-confidence, lower's symptoms of depression and ultimately improves one's mood. This is an important issue because there are many stress related issues that could easily be prevented through exercising. This topic is important to me because working out greatly helped me maintain calm and collect through my dad's battle with colon cancer and his passing two years ago. I do not know if I would be the same person today if I did not exercise the way I did. An alternate explanation for reducing stress is eating a well balanced diet. For instance B vitamins boost immunity, improve one's skin and protect the body against cancer. Another example is that Calcium prevents heart disease and reduces blood pressure. Maintaining a well-balanced diet is important because it's proven to reduce one's stress amount. Because ultimately in the end, it is our life, and stress should not control us, we should control our stress.stress/SR00036/NSECTIONGROUP=2">

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries written by warlo006 in October 2011.

warlo006: November 2011 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.