Falling in love with a dream…


work hard, dream big, have faith

It sometimes gets really hard to keep pursuing your dreams because you get tired and discouraged and you don’t feel like what you do now will even amount to anything.

And then you get a little gem of inspiration that helps you keep going.

 Encourage dreaming? That may not seem like a recipe for success to some, but it is perhaps the most important factor of all. US psychologist Ellis Paul Torrance followed the lives of several hundred creative high-achievers from high school into middle age, among them academics, writers, inventors, teachers, consultants, business executives and a song-writer. He noticed that it wasn’t scholastic or technical abilities or achievements at school that set them apart, but characteristics such as having a sense of purpose, the courage to be creative, delighting in deep thinking and feeling comfortable in a minority of one. Most important of all, he thought, was to “fall in love with a dream”, preferably at a young age, and then pursue it with intensity. 
Torrance called his group of high-fliers “beyonders”. He reckoned their accomplishments went beyond anything that standard quantitative tests could have predicted – and beyond anyone’s wildest dreams but their own.


Read more about  “The science of success: Blood, or sweat and tears?”  @NewScientist

Killing me softly…



We know that time flies when we’re having fun and it can seem to stretch forever when we’re waiting for something (why is the toaster so slow!) but can music subtly affect our recognition of  the time continuity?

The paragraph in the article on how music affects our perception on time which caught my eye reads: 

Perhaps the clearest evidence of musical hijacking is this: In 2004, the Royal Automobile Club Foundation for Motoring deemed Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie the most dangerous music to listen to while driving. It is not so much the distraction, but the substitution of the frenzied tempo of the music that challenges drivers’ normal sense of speed—and the objective cue of the speedometer—and causes them to speed.

Read more at Nautilus (lots of audio examples too!).

The Bloody Truth


ImageFrom The Simpsons to The Office and E.R., American television has been found to mostly give incorrect information or representations of blood donations and transfusions. An article by JK Karp (2013) analyses 27 tv shows aired between 1991-2013 and provides instances of either correct or incorrect representations, and how this information affects public opinion.

Although these shows are fictional and do not necessarily have to be accurate, it is important to understand how popular media can affect the attitudes and mindsets of donors and recipients of transfusions or transplants in order to address these issues when blood campaigns are run. A very interesting read.

Hilariously, one of the House M.D. episodes, which misrepresents the ABO blood type, mentioned in the article managed to include its most mentioned diagnosis: lupus.

Read more: Karp JK (2013) Transfusion medicine on American television. Transfusion Medicine DOI: 10.1111/tme.12097