Editorial note: If Jim Hopper had been permitted to provide his expert testimony at the September 27, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, these would have been his remarks. Incomplete memories of sexual assault, including those with huge gaps, are understandable — if we learn the basics of how memory works and we genuinely listen to survivors. Such memories should be expected. They are similar to the memories of soldiers and police officers for things they’ve experienced in the line of fire. And a great deal of scientific research on memory explains why. I’m an expert on psychological trauma, including sexual assault and traumatic memories. I’ve spent more than 25 years studying this. I’ve trained military and civilian police officers, prosecutors and other professionals, including commanders at Fort Leavenworth and the Pentagon. I teach this to psychiatrists in … [Read more...] about How Reliable Are the Memories of Sexual Assault Victims?
How emotions affect learning
“Would you rather be smart, or kind?” For most of us, this would be a difficult question to answer. Both characteristics are valued highly in our society. Which do you choose? If you’re leaning toward smart, you’re not alone. It’s easy to associate intelligence with wealth and success. Meanwhile, kindness and its cousin — empathy — is often associated with passivity and weakness, especially by self-proclaimed diehard business people. But are these associations valid? Must we really choose between the two? The answer is no. Emotional intelligence results in higher salary and better job performance, that’s why you need to know what it is and how to improve it. Although intelligence is important, it’s not worth much in the workplace until paired with reliability, honesty, and friendliness. It wasn’t lost on me in a 2007 Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha that the legendary Charlie Munger responded succinctly with: “Be … [Read more...] about Improving your emotional intelligence can earn you a raise — here’s how
As someone working in IT, there’s no denying that you have a lot on your plate. Not only do you have to monitor and maintain your company’s networks and computers, but you’re also the go-to resource when anyone else encounters a technology problem. The demands of your fellow employees range from forgotten passwords to accidental virus downloads, and the sheer number of tech support requests can feel endless. On top of that, problems that require your expertise to solve can potentially arise at any time of the day, with little respect for your personal life. Fellow employees and third-party customers often expect instant support when something goes wrong. The end result is that most IT employees feel that their work-life balance is lacking. In fact, one survey found that only 36% of American IT workers felt they had an “excellent” work-life balance. For professionals in the U.K., the numbers were even worse — a mere 15%. Too much emphasis on work may … [Read more...] about How to work in IT and still have a social life
Social Animals, the feature-length debut from documentary director Jonathan Ignatius Green, stars three kids: self-taught New York street photographer Humza Deas, dancer and aspiring fashion brand mogul Kaylyn Slevin, and Ohio high school student Emma Crockett, who stands in for the everyman teen. They talk about their lives, which means they talk about Instagram — how it’s helped them, how it’s harmed them, what the rules are, what people can use it for, why they might care. That’s it! It starts with a simple, unpretentious concept, and the result is a nuanced and judgment-free look at how life works for kids in the digital age. To lay out the story of a self-made artist, Green shows Deas sitting on a twin-sized bed while subway cars rattle past his bedroom. Two Canon cameras on the windowsill are the only notable objects in the room. To illuminate Slevin’s business instincts, he shows her smiling politely and lightly rolling her eyes while her father … [Read more...] about How the director of Social Animals made a documentary about teens and Instagram that doesn’t suck
Something as simple as running out to grab a coffee may not be a memorable experience — but anxiety could change that. A new study suggests that people with higher anxiety levels might remember certain events better than people with lower anxiety levels. That's because, researchers say, higher anxiety may make people more susceptible to negative feelings, putting them in a more negative state of mind. That, in turn, may make certain events seem more memorable. In other words, a little bit of anxiety could give your memory a boost. [10 Ways to Keep Your Mind Sharp] Consider this scenario: If a person is having a bad day and then goes to Starbucks, where the barista asks a neutral question, such as "Would you like milk in your coffee?" this may be interpreted as something negative if someone is in a bad frame of mind. Later, an individual may remember this trip for coffee as a negative experience because of this negative mindset, said co-study author Christopher Lee, a doctoral … [Read more...] about How a Little Bit of Anxiety May Improve Your Memory