Friday, 1 April 2011
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
I start with a sophisticated approach; Authors surname: A-Z.
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Monday, 31 January 2011
Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Research regarding the description-experience gap is extended by the re-examination of four components. The first further observed the role of description when accompanying experiential presentation, while the second sought to add an additional dimension to opposing patterns seen between decisions from description (overweighting of small probabilities) and sequential experience (underweighting rare events). The added experiential condition of simultaneous experience controls for sample size and recency effects, and presents a matrix of outcomes precisely representing outcome probabilities. The third considered complex decision making, with options having 4 or 5 outcomes to consider and compare, such as seen in more real-world decisions, and the final aim was to examine the difference between these decision choices in altered context-frames. Study 1 was designed to equate to previous experimental investigations involving choices between lotteries, while study 2 was intended to inspect these differences in a real-life risk setting, and was situated in a medical context frame. It was found that in both studies there were differences between description and simultaneous experience, which followed a similar pattern of description decision makers presenting more risky behaviour. These differences were predominantly seen when the options were more complex and outcomes could not be directly compared, and it is suggested that in these cases, participants were more open to using the experiential information to aid decision making and consequently more susceptible to exhibit behaviour which underweighted small probabilities. It was also seen that participants implemented less risky behaviour when choices were observed in a medical context frame.
Saturday, 20 November 2010
2. The most powerful force in the universe is: gossip
3.A Sat-Nav should start its directions on #6, as I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my town.
4. Part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your internet history if you die.
5.Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
6. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.
7.Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.
8. I keep certain people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
9. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
10. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid rough areas” routing option.
11. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?
12. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
13. The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of helicopters in it.
14. I feel there is a need for a sarcasm font
15. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
16. Everyone likes somebody who gets to the point quickly
17. Casual swearing makes people sound stupid.
18. Anyone can be calmed in an instant by looking at the ocean or the stars
19.Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
20. Facebook is the best means of communication - not talking.
21. Not everything you cook is edible.
22. Getting post which isn't a bill is such a thrill these days.
23. Everything can be fixed with enough sellotape, glue and staples.
24. Special offers have such an influence on your shopping technique.
25. I don't think puns have ever been so popular.
26. Checking your e-mails can be a great excuse to get out of an awkward situation.
27. Wikipedia and dictionary.com are the fountain of all knowledge.
28. iphones can't physically go in a pocket, but must be out and accessible at all times.
29. It's a little known fact that the Dark Ages were caused by unresolved Y1K issues
30. A paper clip is just a baby coat hanger.
Friday, 22 October 2010
I have set myself the task of attempting to read 100 classic books. The list:
1. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
2. Fairytales and Stories - Hans Christian Anderso
3. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
4. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
5. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
6. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgeral
7. Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
8. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo
9. The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux
10. Five Children and It - Edith Nesbit
11. 1984 - George Orwell
12. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
13. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
14. The Invisible Man - H.G. Wells
15. The Plays of Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde
16. Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf
17. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
18. Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
19. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
20. The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
21. The Odyssey - Homer
22. Dracula - Bram Stoker
Thursday, 7 October 2010
Watching how people react and interact to humour can be very interesting, and tells a lot not only about the person performing, but the reaction from those around. A good, well-balanced social group also needs to be able to understand and gauge the humour of those around, and requires people with both similar and different humour types to ensure everyone gets the most out of the conversation and the humour. If all members of a group want to be, 'the spotlight' type this can lead to strong conflicting characters fighting to be constantly centre of attention, but one alone will not be able to carry the whole group and can lead to members beginning to find that person annoying. Equally a whole group of 'put-downers' can quickly lead to conversation turning nasty or serious, with some 'laugh at life' humour types needed to ensure the humour is kept, well, humorous.
To maintain a social group a good 'bonding type' humour is needed to keep the group together. A 'bonder' is really the glue to a social group and should be very much at the core, it reminds others of the humours times they have had together, and why they are socially invested in this group of people. Shared experiences makes people feel secure, and laughing enables them to feel relaxed, therefore laughing about shared experiences helps to settle people into a group and want to return to this social circle again. However, bonding types can also make new members to the group feel like outsiders, and make others feel they are not part of the social group; they are able to ostracise members and very much play the dynamics of the group. With new members, this can lead to one of two things. Firstly this may mean an individual no longer wishes to be part of this social group, especially if the bonders are also a 'spot-lighter' or there are strong put-downers in the group. They do not feel welcome to be part of the group, and therefore do not return. A second option may be that the new member feels as if they want to 'earn' their way into the group, they want to be part of the in-group, and will therefore start to join in, and fill in an empty dynamic of the group. Once they have earned a place in the group, that person is now very much invested in the effort they input to become part of the group, and will therefore value the membership of this group quite highly. In this situation if a new member is a bonder, they are able to fit in quite well bringing up or making new shared experiences, but this may lead to head-to-head type behaviour with an already established bonder bringing up situations the new bonder can not join in with. Saying this, a bonder mostly needs a second bonder in a social group to be able to bounce of each other, much like at least 2 spot lighters are needed. There also needs to be at least one laugh at life types when there are put-down or hate-me types, and the put-down or hate-mes really should not outnumber any other humour type.
Each social group also needs a few 'laughers.' These are people who do not really bring much humour to the group, but are vital as they are normally 'spotlight conversationalists' (those who lead a lot of conversation or are very knowledgeable or interesting) or 're-assurers'. They laugh at the humour, and keep the 'entertainers' in check. While the 'spot lighter' likes to think they are in charge, in fact it is the 'laughers' who direct conversation, as they can dictate who to laugh at and when to laugh, ensuring no one oversteps the mark or gets carried away. 'Laughers' police the humour, enabling people to continue to feel secure and relaxed in the situation without the worry of it becoming unbalanced. Without 'laughers' a bonder may start to purposely leave people out and make others feel uncomfortable or a 'put-downer' may turn nasty. Hopefully all members are able to read the situation, gaining social cues from the 'laughers,' knowing they will not laugh when they have gone too far and will therefore modify their humour to avoid similar behaviour, and adjust to the dynamics of the group. Therefore once the 'laughers' have set the boundaries for appropriate humour within the group, all can relax and the humour can ensue.
What humour type are you?? You might change depending on the situation or group of people. Sometimes it's just interesting to see how other people interact :)
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Thursday, 28 January 2010
I am studying for my Masters degree, and it is hard work.
I am just going to leave this:
its my published paper - on a french website... oh yeh... i'm international baby! whoop
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
on one hand i'm really looking forward to going back to uni...
i dont think i could stay in my job much longer (im not sure i'll make it through the 3 days I have left, it seems so close yet so far)
and im looking forward to getting back into education and 'bettering' myself again
one more step to where i want to be
On the other hand im completely scared...
worried I wont fit back into education, i wont work hard enough, or i've forgotten too much
i wont have any friends, and feel really lonely and wish i had never gone back to somewhere i was so happy, and end up tarring my whole time at Essex if it goes badly...
worried about getting a balance with everything, the money issue, and the jobs issue...
And overall, I was SO looking forwad to going back for so long, wishing the last 8 months away, infact, 12 months and thinking 'i'll be happier when i go back' what if im not happier?? what if i built it up too much??
i should be like my friend and just not have expectations...
oh dear... this one is a bit more of a personal blog, but i felt it needed to be said :)
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
It was cold and I didn't want to go far.
I ended up in the Foyer of the cliffs theatre... I sat overlooking the Thames watching it slowly get darker while reading my book. A production of 'singing in the rain' was being preformed and heard applause every so often, and apart from the 15 minute interval when it was jam packed and buzzing I had a very peaceful2 hours and read a lot of the book... It was very relaxing and improved my mood no end. I hope to do it again soon. Although I'll have to find another book I can get lost in and enjoy as much as that one (didn't think I'd be a fan of Hardy, but once you get past all the descriptive language, the story has a lot of emotion and life in it)
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Went for a drive and had lunch in a pub called the harrington arms in Erewash near were Dad was born - Draycott I think.
We then walked around St chads water - it used to be a gravel pit - but they filled it in and made it a Local Nature Reserve - very pretty...
some lovely pics from there
then we drove home...
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Then on to Loughborough to get a train to Leicester and back for my Aunt & Unlces wedding Anniversary...
the station was themed in 1970s style and renamed 'cemetery junction' for the filming of this new movie by Ricky Gervais http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1196204/
and then stayed in a hotel in Derby - I'll add more details and pretty photos soon.xxx
Sunday, 7 June 2009
I enjoyed many of these plays, as I felt a lot of them were like little mini, gossip dramas, maybe like a soap or things friends chat/gossip about... there were a couple of dull ones, especially ones he had written after going to America... but a few very enjoyable little plays...
I picked out a few quotes from a couple of the plays that I particularly liked:
*Lady Windermere's Fan
- We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars
- In this world there are two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
- (what is a cynic?) A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing
*A woman of no importance
-The one advantage of playing with fire, Lady Caroline, is that one never gets even singed. It is the people who don't know how to play with it who get burned up.
-Hearts live by being wounded. Pleasure may turn a heart to stone, riches may make it callous, but sorrow - oh, sorrow, cannot break it.
*An Ideal Husband
-It is not the perfect, but the imperfect who have need of love. It is when we are wounded by our own hands, or by the hands of others, that love should come to cure us - else what use is love at all? All sins, except a sin against itself, love should forgive. All lives, save loveless lives, true love should pardon.
- 'I'm glad you have called. I am going to give you some good advice.' 'Oh! Pray don't. One should never give a woman anything that she can't wear in the evening.'
*The Importance of Being Earnest
-The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
- All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.
These were probably my 4 favourite plays as well, and would recommend people reading a few, they are only short and don't take long to read and are quite entertaining - exactly what reading should be like!
Saturday, 30 May 2009
Think it's kinda sweet they got each other the same card... I like coincidences like that :)
Saturday, 16 May 2009
Makaton was first developed in the UK in the 1970’s by a speech and language therapist and was devised as a way of increasing the ability to communicate in those who live with learning difficulties, such as those living with Autism and those with cognitive impairment. Makaton is a much simpler form of communication and uses common vocabulary that is used in everyday speech. It also incorporates the use of picture cards and ties in facial expressions with the word to produce more content in the shortest form.
Unlike British Sign Language, Makaton uses speech as well as actions and symbols. This encourages children to learn many different forms of communication which has shown good results in academic and social achievement by those who use it. It has even been proven to increase literacy and numeracy skills and encourages development of visual, recognition and identification skills. As babies develop, they often use signs and gestures to communicate what they want, such as a drink, and most parents also use this method without realising it. For example, many parents and carers symbolise a drink using a hand to mouth action, or a spoon to mouth action when encouraging children to eat for themselves. Makaton is merely an extension of this, with specific actions, signs and symbols for each activity.
I learnt quite a few everyday words and signs, and very much enjoyed learning this new way of communicating. The key to this technique is to TALK while signing... A lot of people were just signing like you do for BSL as deaf people can't hear the words. However, with Makaton it isn't about the signing, its about being able to communicate effectivly, the signing and symbols add to the meaning of the spoken words, to help the person with difficulties learn the meanings of the words. It is like a child learning to read. Childrens books have lots of pictures, and this helps give clues to what the story is about and what words might be being used. For a child with language difficulties, the signs are visual clues to what the words are, and will hopefully help them to eventually develop and learn to recognise the oral words alone.
A very enjoyable two hours, and something I might like to progress with in the future. A well spent saturday morning :)
For more information on Makaton: http://www.makaton.org/about/about.htm