Friday, January 31, 2014

Want To Be More Productive? Buy Some Desk Plants

Adding a plant to your workspace could boost your cognition and help you be more productive. Two recent studies found that participants performed better at attention tasks while seated at a desk surrounded by plants and flowers than while seated at an empty desk. These findings add to past research showing the benefits nature can have on cognition. Researchers believe that because nature engages our minds in an effortless way, it offers our brains a micro-restorative break from tasks — like working — that require us to pay direct attention. Do you have plants near your work station, or do you have a view of nature from your desk?

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READ the full article: Fast Company’s Co.Design | Eric Jaffe | November 19, 2013

*** Post dedicated to my sister. A gifted artist and brilliant florist

Monday, January 27, 2014

BABY developmental milestones, a Neurodevelopmental Approach

One would expect for a newborn are certainly different than a 2, 6 or 12-month-old infant: check out the Pediatric NeuroLogic Examination Videos and Descriptions... a Neurodevelopmental Approach
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Your Social Circle Decoded ?

No matter how many friends you have on Facebook, the number of truly close friends you can maintain throughout your life may be hardwired. Researchers logged the phone calls of teenagers transitioning out of high school and into either the workforce or college for 18 months. Even as the teens made new friends, the structure of their social circles remained the same: if they had four close friends at the beginning of the study, they had four at the end of the study as well -- though not always the same four friends. Each of us appears to have an individual “social signature” that determines how much time and emotional capital we have to expend on our friends. Has the number of close friends you have remained constant over time?
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READ the full article: The Atlantic | Emily Badger Jan 07, 2014