Another study adds weight to findings that mental health declines as Facebook usage increases. The effect is thought mainly to result from involuntary judgments we make about ourselves in comparison with others whose social media presence is carefully curated and filtered to paint unrealistically positive pictures of their lives. Another possible contributing factor is that online usage (averages over one hour per day for Facebook users) detracts from time available for in-person socializing, which is known to contribute mental health.
“MRI scans show that running may affect the structure and function of the brain in ways similar to complex tasks like playing a musical instrument”
There will be no meeting in December, due to low availability of members.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 17 January 2017. Three spots are left. You can sign up (RSVP “Yes”) at the following page:
Elon Musk, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM, and other leaders in AI development claim to support close examination of ethical, risk-related, and other factors affecting the public.
A NY Times article reports on research conducted by Keith Stanovich and others that (a) finds intelligence and rationality are different qualities, (b) they are only weakly positively correlated, and (c) one’s rationality can be improved through targeted training but not one’s intelligence. Moreover, Stanovich proposed a rationality quotient (RQ) and that standardized tests be devised to assess one’s RQ.
Ten energetic folks met last night at Albuquerque’s North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center to discuss the malleability of memory and its implications. Research findings increasingly indicate that our memories are not explicit copies of the events they represent.
Research increasingly indicates that our memories are not explicit, unchanging recordings. Sensory-perceptual processes filter what is initially stored. Each time you recall a memory, it is modified. Counterintuitively, frequently recalled memories—especially those we compare with others’ tellings and media representations—change over time.
Resources we had reviewed before the discussion included the following:
- How Reliable is Your Memory? (17 minutes)
- Memory Hackers (1-hour, if you don’t have an hour, view this excerpt)
- Extra resources: TED Talks Memory Playlist
The following questions guided our discussion:
- Are there memorable events you and others experienced when you were young that the others remember significantly differently than you do? Is your memory more accurate (less biased or altered) than theirs?
- Have you ever encountered evidence that one of your long-held memories was inaccurate? Can you share an example?
- What, if any, evolutionary value might there be to having a highly malleable memory?
- If illusory memories are so common, what implications might there be for
– criminal justice, eye-witness testimonies, etc.?
– personal relationships?
– self-perception (of current vs remembered selves, for example)
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