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In Your Dreams

I know I already wrote a post about dreams and the blind, but I cant help it if they interest me! Dreams are still one of the most unexplainable phenomenons that exist in our daily lives. There’s not too many things that can compare in this day and age. So, as I continued on my search to discover something new and innovative, I came across an article specifically narrowing down on the weirdness of dreams. The blog is called “Tasty Human” and it deals with the psychology behind healthy living, self-help and food.  The particular blog post I will be focusing on today talks about the 13 most interesting things found about dreams. So let’s begin!

1. You always forget 90% of your dreams. Upon waking, in the first 5 minutes, you forget half of your dream already. In the next 5 minutes a total of 90% is lost. If you ever want to analyze and discuss your dreams write them down on a piece of paper as soon as you wake up. Or else the dream may be lost forever…

2. In Ancient Rome dreams were believed to be messages sent from gods. There were specific roles handed to individuals called “recorders.” These recorders would write down each dream and bring them to the senator for an analysis. They even followed military leaders to battle.

3.Everybody dreams! Don’t think you’re weird if you can’t ever remember dreaming. That only signifies that your dream was forgotten. You still experienced it.

4.In our sleep we only see people that we already know or met. Our mind does not work to makeup new characters it only remembers those we have been exposed to previously. You have seen countless faces throughout your lives even if its those you won’t remember in your consciousness.

5.Between the years of 1915 and 1950 studies were done that provided results which stated people only dream in black and white. During the next decade, these studies were revoked and a relationship of colored dreams was proven to be connected to a progressive incline to the exposure of color TV. Now, science has shown that a mere 4.4% of the total population under 25 years of age dreams in black and white. It has also proved that only 12% of sighted people dream in black and white throughout their lives.

6.Dreams are extremely cryptic and metaphoric. When you dream of a certain object it does not symbolize what you think it does. A different interpretation usually exists.

7.Dreams are found to be almost always more negative than positive. Anxiety has been proven to be the most common emotion transferred through dreams.

8.While some dreams are individuals, meaning they only occur only once in a lifetime others are recurring.65% of men have reoccurring dreams while 70% of women experience them.

9.When scientists have done an analysis of dreams on animals they found they have very similar brain patterns as us. Apparently when a dog sometimes it moves its paws and makes sounds as if it is chasing something.

10.REM eye movement usually occupies a 25% of total dream time. The point of this is for the movement in your sleep to prevent you from moving in real life.

11.In our mind we connect the outside world to our dream world. Sometimes we hear a sound and incorporate into our dream to mean something else. For example when you hear your phone ring but think its just part of your dream? Yeah, that’s what its all about.

12.Here’s something I found personally interesting-men tend to dream more about other men! Women share an equal amount of men and women in their dream span. Men also generally experience more aggressive versions of dreams as opposed to those of women’.

13.A large number of studies cross country have shown that a chunk of people ranging from 18-38% have experienced  precognitive dreams, or future-seeing. Those who actually believe in them encompass a whopping 63-98% of the total population.

So there you go folks! All the mystery known as of now about dreams. Enjoy!

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Let Me See That Body Work

Have you ever wondered what someone does weird motions such as playing with one’s ear, tilting one’s head or rolling one’s eyes? Where did they come up with these things? What elicits these weird body movement? Communication through body language is one of the world’s most interesting phenomena. Did you ever realize that your personal twitch, or method of dealing with nervousness, says something specific about you? Body language is an entire communication system essential and innovative all on its own. From all the information we receive in a conversation, researchers point out that 10% comes from what a person says, 40% from the tone and speed of their voice, and an astonishing 50% from one’s body language. An article I found on a psychology blog compares each body part with the message it is sending across.

HEAD

  • lowering one’s head signifies timidness
  • rubbing or simply touching one’s nose is a sign of disagreement
  • pinching bridge of nose relates a negative opinion
  • tugging an ear usually portrays indecisiveness

UPPER BODY

  • pointing a finger transmits feelings of aggression
  • open arms usually signifies a willingness to talk
  • Reaching your arm and placing on the back of your neck usually means one is interested in listening
  • If the fingertips are touching or fingers are laced together, one is usually thinking or pondering

LOWER BODY

  • hand on hips shows eagerness
  • a bouncing foot over crossed legs means one is losing patience
  • sitting with legs open usually means one is comfortable in one’s present situation
  • When you cross your legs toward a person you are showing you are interested as opposed to when you cross them away from them.

EYES

  • when you look up and then to the right one is most likely recalling a memory
  • blinking more often signifies nervousness
  • looking into another eye displays confidence
  • when irritated at a certain comment one usually does a quick glance sideways

 

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Blind Dreams

Many people have believed for years that blind people do not experience dreams. Turns out, they really do. Of course, unlike those with sight the dreams differ extremely.  An article I stumbled upon talked about the variation of dreams and how they differed among blind people. According to a study conducted at the University of Hartford in 1999, it was finally deduced that blind people may in fact dream. They analyzed a group of 15 blind individuals and around 400 dreams. This study provided results which concluded that those who went blind from age five or younger, did not see images in their sleep. This was different for those aged seven and older who did experience visual dreams during their time of rest. It turns out though, that the longer a person goes through blindness, the more rare this visual dreams become. What astonished me the most however was the other senses involved in a blind person’s dream. While regular sighted people usually have only audio during their dreamtime, blind people experience the use of other senses such as touch, taste, and smell.

This article was extremely informative and has answered my long thought about question. Have you guys found this to be as astonishing as I have? Or was this already common knowledge to many of you?

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Contrary to the common be…

Contrary to the common belief that smoking the drug destroys memory, researchers have found that it could actually keep the brain young.

We all know Marijuana is an illegal substance, and this message is far from promoting its use, but alas a new discovery has emerged! Browsing the internet for some interesting articles, I came across The Telegraph, a UK run magazine discussing some recent findings.

The article was written by Richard Alleyne, a science correspondent for the media. In his theory, he claims that researchers have recently discovered that this popular drug may actually reduce memory loss and prevent Alzheimer’s Disease from occurring. This report is based on a study conducted at the Ohio State University, providing results stating that certain chemicals in the herb may actually reduce inflammation and increase the formation of brain cells.

Who would have though that the long time belief on the limitations behind marijuana may not have been right at all? Although the direct link to a cure for Alzheimer’s is still unknown, the study signifies the drug’s ability to delay or prevent its start. Of course in order for this drug to be legalized, it has to be adjusted. Many of its properties will still remain, but the “high” feeling may not be as potent. Sorry folks!

So now its up to you to decide whether this is just crazy talk or some real life phenomenon. Of course, research has only started on this substance, there is still a load of facts yet to be discovered. For now though, we can be amazed at the fact that we could have held a wrong assumption this entire time.

Oh, Mary Jane, why do you confuse us so?

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Tea Party

After reading the blog “Why I Don’t Read Those Links You Send Me”, I started wondering about all of my personal health issues and beliefs. Some have risen from various articles and TV programs. I do enjoy reading about what will help me lose 10 pounds and what will make my hair look shinier, as every normal adolescent girl probably does. Recently though, I have began taking a double look at all of these new “phenomena” recorded by scientists.

One of the many articles I have read during the past week has had to do with Green Tea and its effect on a person’s health. The article was found online, in a post made by ABC Science. The longitudinal study was conducted by Yasutake Tomata in the Tohoko University Graduate School of Medicine in which 14,000 participants, aged 65 and over, were followed for three years.

Findings proved that those individuals who drank green tea almost every day were less likely to experience difficulty performing everyday tasks. These tasks included even the most simplest, such as dressing and bathing. The article states that, “Specifically, almost 13 per cent of adults who drank less than a cup of green tea per day became functionally disabled, compared with just over 7 per cent of people who drank at least five cups a day.”

These results can be interpreted in many ways, some of which include total and complete lies. I do know that green tea contains the least amount of caffeine than any other tea, which might be an important factor. Of course, the author of “Why I Don’t Read Those Links You Send Me”, might have a great argument disputing the viability of this study.

I am sure there have been many other articles discussing the various side effects of green tea. For some reason though, I do believe that green tea is good for your health and body. Coming from arid sources, and having pretty much all natural ingredients can hardly make it bad for someone’s well-being. You can have your own opinion and interpretation, but I still would like to believe that Vitamin K and Green Tea itself, is a product made to better my life and existence.

http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/02/06/3424071.htm?site=science&topic=latest

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

February 2, 2012 8 comments

Hi Everyone!

Starting out this semester, it was time to finally get my science requirement out of the way. Thus I have signed up for a course in Environmental Geology. In all honesty, the class was chosen mainly by my adviser who knew of my failed expertise in science. I know what you’re thinking, “rocks for jocks!” But no, thankfully, Geology has been pretty insightful so far. We have just touched on basics, but what has really caught my attention (and I am hoping will interest you all as well) is the risk we, humans, pose to Biodiversity. Some of you may not know what that even is..no worries, I had hardly any idea as well. Biodiversity can be defined plainly as the “variation of species within a given ecosystem, biome or the entire Earth”.

Following this information, I learned about the high risk we are posing for biomes and species developing across the globe. New species are coming to life and others are becoming extinct as time drags on. In present day however, humans have spread far beyond Earth’s capacity. In fact, 50% of all the land mass has been turned over for human use. Looking a bit less generally, and lot more specifically,  I’d like to point out the great extinction. No, not of animals (although it definitely concerns them) but of rain forests! Did you know rain forests, unlike regular forests, cannot regenerate? That means all the wood we have chopped down has a large chance of never being replenished. The answer lies in the rain forests’ biomass. Unlike forests, whose main nutrients reside in the soil, the biomass can not be assuaged. After rain forests are cleared, rain washes away any nutrients left in the soil- leaving it extremely acidic and even worse: useless.

Coming from an urban setting, where trees are a minority and skyscrapers are far too many, it really makes me think. Does life truly have a clear ending? What happens when we cut down all of those rain forests with no hope of return? I’m sure that will hardly stop anyone. People are selfish. They will always take what they can get.

My goal is to someday own my own patch of land and maybe even adopt an acre of a tropic rain forest. It’s a great cause that benefits us, our biosphere, and many species that rely on it. I have done just a bit of research and have come across a great site that offers just that. Please check it out and join in my efforts to make a difference! Hopefully a tree will grow in other places, but for now I’ll focus on Brooklyn.

http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/adoptImage

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