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The Accidental Pair

Public Group active 6 years, 2 months ago

An alliance between Inez Ang & Amber Xue

  • Martin Tomitsch posted an update in the group AvatarThe Accidental Pair:   6 years, 2 months ago · View

    Hi, we noticed some of the links in your final blog post are missing. Could you please still add them, thanks!

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      Inez Ang · 6 years, 2 months ago

      Ha! Thanks for pointing it out. Completely missed it in my ’Woo Hoo!’ moment. Updated and resubmitted in BB if it makes any difference.

  • Inez Ang posted an update in the group AvatarThe Accidental Pair:   6 years, 3 months ago · View

    I found something to think about and thought I’d share this except from ’The Shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains’ by Nicholas Carr;
    ”A team of University of Michigan researchers, led by psychologist Marc Berman, recruited some three dozen people and subjected tem to a rigorous, and mentally fatiguing, series of tests designed to measure the capacity of their working memory and their ability to exert top-down control over their attention. The subjects were then divided into two groups. Half of them spent about an hour walking through a secluded woodland park, and the other half spent an equal amount of time walking along busy downtown streets. Both groups took the test a second time. Spending time in the park, the researchers found, ”significantly improved” people’s performance on the cognitive tests, indicating a substantial increase in attentiveness. Walking in the city, by contrast, led to no improvement in test results”.

    Interestingly, the researchers found the same results when people looked at photographs of either calm rural scenes or busy urban ones. They concluded that ”simple and brief interactions with nature can produce marked increase in cognitive control”. Keeping close to nature while adding a little whimsy might be a good design consideration…

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      Rob Saunders · 6 years, 3 months ago

      A little off topic, but I once created a little game in Processing called The Shallows that tried to illustrate why students end up resorting to a ”shallow” form of learning. I’ll see if I can post it up somewhere so that you can play it…

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