Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Your Presentations

Please post a quick summary of your presentation (or a link to your powerpoint if you have one) to give everybody the chance to discuss some of the issues you have raised. Here is also the place where you might want to add links to the research you have used.

If you have posted already in the post about 'sharing your research,' please do NOT post about the same topic a second time. You are, however, welcome to comment on other topics :)

Thank you!



  1. The thesis that I have chosen for my research paper is the following: “The attitudes developed from a lifestyle of consumerism directly and indirectly affect our relationships with others.” I noticed that this is a topic regarding consumerism that is not as widely discussed as its economic or environmental impacts.
    One of the main attitudes that is an effect of consumerism is dissatisfaction. As Stefano Passini states in his journal article, “consumerism…leads to a culture of eternal dissatisfaction.” We are often led to believe that there is always something better that we don’t have. We tend not to feel gratitude for what we presently have; instead we focus on what could be. The media plays a significant role in leading us to think that we are lacking, making us feel guilty or envious of others. This attitude of dissatisfaction and desire that is popularized by our consumerist society has a direct correlation with our relationships. We abstain from recognizing the value of our friendships and the positive aspects of people. Instead, we have a tendency to pinpoint the negative features of a person, expecting them to fill a certain unrealistic criteria. As this is not achieved, we feel that a person is lacking, and thus we never truly appreciate the value of our friendships.
    Another tendency highlighted by consumerism is our present mindset. Our point of view is often held in the present time as oppose to looking forwards to the future. We act to satisfy our current needs without thinking of the long-term implications of these actions, or their deeper meaning. Consumerism has led us to purchase goods without much of a second thought. This translates to people’s actions with others. We act based on what we feel at the time, and we don’t think about how our actions may influence others. As stated in Passini’s article, a present time perspective leads to interactions “solely based on one’s own enjoyment.” Often these needs are self-centered, resulting in potentially hazardous actions to one’s friendship.
    My third point concerns more of a direct relationship between consumerist tendencies and our relationships. With such excessive focus on the consumption of material goods, a lack of focus is dedicated to intangible aspects of life, such as experiences and memories with others. These compose the main essence of our friendships. Our concentration on consumption leads us to underestimate and potentially ignore the value of these intangible aspects of life. Proof of this is seen in a study done by O2, a mobile phone provider in the UK. The average smartphone user spends more time per day on their phone (119 minutes) than with their partner (97 minutes). This shows us that this consumerist lifestyle that we are falling victim to is leading to the replacement of time spent with our friends with our focus on tangible items. The memories, happiness and valuable experiences that we achieve by interacting with our loved ones are being diminished by our consumerist tendencies.
    Although we don’t usually look at this particular effect of consumerism on our lives, I think it’s a very important one. As I discussed, the attitudes and tendencies developed from living in a consumerist society directly impact the quality of our relationships with others.

    • Passini, Stefano. “A Binge-consuming Culture: The Effect of Consumerism on Social Interactions in Western Societies.” Culture and Psychology 19.3 (2013): 369-90. Sage Publications. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.
    • “To Have and to Hold: We Now Spend More Time Looking at Our PHONE than with Our Partner.” Mail Online. Associated Newspaper, 30 May 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.
    • “Consumerism.” Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

  2. Abusive Relationships:

  3. Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Issues

  4. There are many effects of consumerism on the individuals in North America itself which include the dynamic aspects of faith and intellect which are being dismantled by the mechanical aspects of society. Consequently of the new modern world we are all the products of consumerism ourselves as there seems to be more importance placed upon materialism than human’s wellbeing and these essential and unique human characteristics which are being degraded. In today’s age of acquisition we as the consumers are constantly being told inadvertently that we need to consume more in order to be happy. However, by constant need to get more materialistic items we consistently become more dissatisfied as we always quest for more out of our own lives in the process. These two dynamic traits in which the philosopher Thomas Carlyle highlights can be linked to the effects consumerism has on individuals in today’s day in age. Faith and intellect are being dismantled in a materialistic society, and even more often now than another other era. Marketing strategies are used to create the conventional wisdom of the majority of buying one’s happiness. By malls having their own slogans and specific holidays, such as Boxing Day and black Friday, this conventional belief is created in which one places materialism ahead of faith in human nature. As a result what is really important and the ability to formulate one’s own beliefs are lost in North American society. For the sake of fashion one can become oblivious to the working conditions people were put under to make the clothing, and thus people lose the humane traits to help others in need for merely their own personal benefit and horrid working conditions maintain unchanged. Marketers themselves do not look out for the consumer’s well being but rather the amount of profit their sales make them. Misleading strategies such as slogans are used to increase consumerism consequently destroying these dynamic traits. The trusted friend campaign used by companies like McDonald’s first targets children on an emotional level, associating their company’s food with toys and play lands in order to boost sales. Even though parents may know it may not be the healthiest or the best value some may take their children there because they remember how good it may have made them feel in the past making human logic short circuited by these feelings. But after hearing of the untruthful promises used in slogans their faith is humanity can be eroded by consumerism creating a sense of cynicism in human nature that other companies or people may manipulate them in the same way. Thus, consumerism can have multiple affects on the personal traits of the individual themselves ,such as destroying their faith in human nature in order to fulfill an instantaneous sense of satisfaction and intellect in which mass consumerism breaks down the human mind and more intellectual ways of thinking for the company’s own benefit.
    1. Carlyle, Thomas. Signs of the Times. Edinburg: Edinburgh Review, 1829. Print.
    2. Nelson, Joyce. The Temple of Fashion. Words in Common Essays on Language, Culture and Society. Don Mills: Addison Wiesley, 1999. 317-320. Print.
    3. Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the all-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Print.

  5. Summation

    When one observes the culture, both the music and symbolism, of heavy metal they find reason to reanalyze how they think and why they accept what is. Most poignant is the examination of cultural and social construct and the imposition of religious ideologies on pre-existing cultures. Refusing to stand by and allow the world to self-destruct, heavy metal challenges the cultural and social constructs held by contemporary cultural and society by exploring the issues that are ignored. Politics and socio-economic issues are explored through blatant and uncensored lyrics and a culture of dissent in thrash metal. Also, heavy metal provides its fans with a catharsis for religious fears and questions religious enforcement on other cultures. Long held fears that religion instilled within its supporting culture are presented in caricature by the sub-culture of heavy metal, thus allowing culture and society to progress, leaving behind such pagan fears. Equally, through the church burnings and radicalism of the early Norwegian black metal scene the reasoning behind and legitimacy of an overarching cultural religion is questioned. Finally, where heavy metal will have the greatest impact in the future is on how the record industry sells itself to our technologically advancing society and maintains validity in the music world. To slow or possibly correct its downward spiral the record industry must study the connection between the heavy metal artist and fan and how heavy metal has been sustainable during times mainstream support for it has waned.

  6. Citation


    Metal Evolution. Directed by Scott McFadyen & Sam Dunn. DVD. Banger Films, Inc. 2011

    Metal: A Headbangers Journey. Directed by, Sam Dunn, Scott McFadyen & Jessica Joy Wise. DVD. Seville Pictures & Banger Films, Inc. 2005

    “Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast.” Classic Albums. Directed by Tim Kirkby. DVD. Isis Productions/Eagel Vision. 2001


    Gore, Tipper. Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society. Abingdon Press, 1987. Print

    Walser, Robert. Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1993. Print

    Weinstein, Deena. Heavy Metal: A Cultural Sociology. Lexington Books, 1991. Print


    Bangs, Lester. “Black Sabbath: Vertigo.” rollingstone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/black-sabbath-19700917

    Christman, Ed. “SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak.” billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/retail/6281506/soundscans-third-quarter-numbers-in-one-word-bleak

    Deboick, Sophia. “A Sunday satanist or the voice of new Poland?” theguardian.com. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2011/sep/24/sunday-satanist-voice-new-poland

    [deleted account] http://www.reddit.com/r/Metallica/comments/1n9ej4/has_anyone_ever_met_any_members_of_the_band_past/ccgu4e7

    Fricker, Glenn. “How to get Your Band Ready for the Stage (Part One).” spectresoundstudios.com. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11IutTAhel8#t=162

    Lamb, Brett. “Gender in 1980s America.” lessonbucket.com. http://lessonbucket.com/vce-media/units-3-4/media-texts-and-societys-values/gender-in-1980s-america/

    McIntyre, Hugh. “Not One Artist's Album Has Gone Platinum in 2014.” forbes.com. http://www.forbes.com/sites/hughmcintyre/2014/10/16/not-one-artists-album-has-gone-platinum-in-2014/


    American Sociological Association. “Are Americans Really Isolated?” August 7-11 2009. http://www.asanet.org/press/20090804.cfm

    Cotter, Dave, Hermsen, Joan, Vanneman, Reeve. “The End of the Gender Revolution? Gender Role Attitudes from 1977 to 2008.” The University of Chicago Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/658853. doi 10.1086/658853


    Snider, Dee. Statement to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Contenst of Music and Lyrics of Records Hearing, September 19, 1985. Available at: http://www.joesapt.net/superlink/shrg99-529/p73.html

    Ulrich, Lars. Statement to the Committee on the Judiciary. Music on the Internet: Is there an Upside to Downloading? Hearing, July 11, 2000. Available at: http://classic-web.archive.org/web/20071129061341/http://judiciary.senate.gov/testimony.cfm?id=195&wit_id=252

  7. Aromatherapy

    Sarah Rippe

    Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for medical purposes and for the promotion and maintenance of health and beauty. Essential oils are oils extracted from trees, shrubs, flowers, and herbs. They are known for their antioxidant, antimicrobial, and antidepressant properties.
    Aromatherapy first originated in 1550 BCE. Egyptians have carved recipes for medicines and aromatic blends on the walls of their temples. It was also recorded in Ancient Greece by Hippocrates also known as the father of medicine. Hippocrates researched and recorded the hypnotic effects of poppies.
    There are different techniques of aromatherapy which include inhalation, massage oils, aromatic baths, diffusers, and compresses.
    There are 4 fields of aromatherapy:
    1.) Clinical aromatherapy: physicians use essential oils as part of medications used to treat infectious diseases
    2.) Holistic aromatherapy: touch-care therapy where they concentrate on using massage techniques to target physical and mental disorders
    3.) Home-care aromatherapy: found commonly in the family home. People use diffusers or bath additives to create a relaxing atmosphere
    4.) Beauty of Aesthetic aromatherapy: beauty therapists use already blended aroma oils for slimming, relaxation, and minor skin problems such as acne.
    6 Scents brought to class and their benefits:
    1.) Lavender - treats burns and scalds. Natural antibiotic, antidepressant, and detoxifier. Helps with psychological shock of an injury.
    2.) Tea Tree Oil - is a antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal agent. Used to treat sunburns, acne, athletes foot, or tooth aches.
    3.) Peppermint - helps with indigestion, bad breath, flu, headaches, fatigue and tooth aches. Popular in ancient cultures such as ancient China and Egypt.
    4.) Chamomile - helps with insomnia and stabilizes the nervous system. Can be antibacterial but mostly used as an anti-inflammatory. Well known for calming properties but also can help with sunburns, diarrhea, muscle sprains, nausea and fever.
    5.) Eucalyptus - cools body in the summer. Anti-inflammatory as well as an analgesic. Fights cold, coughs, and may help provide relief for those with diabetes.
    6.) Jasmine - antidepressant, antiseptic and an aphrodisiac. Helps you sleep as well as helps get rid of scars. Can provide relief from coughs.

    Words Cited

    (1) Masayoshi, S. Citrus Essential Oils: Flavors and Fragrance. Japan: John Willey & Sons; 2010 [print]
    (2) Worwood, V.A. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. United Kingdom: Macmillan London Limited;1990 [print]
    (3) Atsumui T, Tonosaki K. Smelling lavender and rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva. Japan: Department of Oral Physiology; [internet] 2005. [cited Nov 13 2014]
    (4) Field T, Cullen C, Largie S, Diego M, Schanberg S, Kuhn C, et al. Lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and enhances sleep in very young infants. USA: Touch Research Institute; [internet] 2007. [cited Nov 13 2014]
    (5) Shiina Y, Funabashi N, Lee K, Toyoda T, Sekine T, Honjo S, et al. Relaxation effects of lavender aromatherapy improve coronary flow velocity reserve in healthy men evaluated by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography. Japan: International Journal of Cadiology; [internet] 2007. [cited Nov 13 2014]
    (6) Kutlu A.K, Yilmaz E, Cecen D. Effects of aroma inhalation on examination anxiety. Turkey: Elsevier Inc; [internet] 2008. [cited Nov 13 2014]
    (7) Vickers A. Yes but do we know it’s true? Knowledge claims in massage and aromatherapy: Complementary Therapies in Midwifery and Nursing. London: Pearson Professional Ltd; [internet] 1997. [cited Nov 13 2014]

  8. My presentation summary:

    My presentation was about Iran’s nuclear program. There is much controversy on whether Iran should be allowed to pursue its nuclear program and whether Iran will want to pursue a nuclear weapon. I argued that it should be allowed, for three main reasons. The first reason is that Iran needs nuclear energy to support its population as energy supply is a national problem in Iran. The second reason is that Iran is a peaceful nation without a recent history of instigating violence. My final point was that there has been no conclusive evidence to support any accusations that Iran desires to pursue nuclear weaponry from its nuclear program.
    Iran has an energy crisis in their country. They do not have enough energy to support their rapidly growing population. Iran’s population has nearly doubled since the 1970’s and therefore so has the demand. Iran does not have enough oil and gas to depend on for energy as Iran also relies on those resources for economy as well as energy. Iran has become a net gas importer and has to import gas to satisfy its population needs. Nuclear energy is cheaper and cleaner to utilize from nuclear power.
    Iran is a peaceful nation. The last time they invaded a country was over 200 years ago. The Iran-Iraq war that occurred in 1980-88 was initiated by Iraq. In that war, Iraq used a biochemical weapon called mustard gas against Iranian soldiers. Iranian soldiers however, refrained from using mustard gas against Iraqi soldiers even though they had the capability to develop it. This is because the religious leader at the time ordered soldiers not to use such weapons even against their enemies as he deemed them immoral. The current Iranian religious leader passed a religious decree deeming nuclear weapons the same.

    Iran has signed a treaty called the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and some conditions of this treaty are that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be allowed to inspect their nuclear facilities every day and install 24 hour camera surveillance. Iran has complied with these conditions and the IAEA have found no conclusive proof to support the accusation that Iran desires to create a nuclear weapon.

  9. Works Cited

    1. "American Experience: TV's Most-watched History Series." PBS. PBS. Web. 2 Nov. 2014. .

    2. "NPT Treaty." UN News Center. UN. Web. 4 Nov. 2014. .

    3. Peterson, Scott. "Why Iran vs. Israel Rhetoric Could Escalate into War." The Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor. Web. 4 Nov. 2014.

    4. "Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program." Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program. Web. 5 Nov. 2014. .

    5. Bateman, Lyle. "Iran's Big Secret." Iran's Big Secret - Lyle Bateman - Open Salon. Web. 5 Nov. 2014. .

    6. "Iran's Nuclear Program." Iran's Nuclear Program. Web. 5 Nov. 2014. .

    7. "Q&A: Iran Nuclear Crisis." BBC News. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. .

    8. Wood, David, and Michael Economides. "Iran Stuck in Neutral: Energy Geopolitics Hinder Iran's Oil and Gas Industry's Development Energy Tribune." Energy Tribune RSS. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. .

    9. "Q&A: Iran Sanctions." BBC News. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. .

    10. "European Union." (EU, EC). Web. 6 Nov. 2014. .

    11. "U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis." Iran. Web. 6 Nov. 2014. .

    12. "Nuclear Power Plants, World-wide." Nuclear Power Plants, World-wide. Web. 7 Nov. 2014. .

    13. "The Smoggiest of All Capitals." The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 1 Jan. 2011. Web. 8 Nov. 2014. .

    14. Sahimi, Mohammad, Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh, and Kaveh Afrasiabi. "Energy : Iran Needs Nuclear Power." Web. 8 Nov. 2014. .

    15. "PressTV - 'IAEA Inspections of Iran, Most Robust'" PressTV - 'IAEA Inspections of Iran, Most Robust' Web. 8 Nov. 2014. .

    16. Shire, Jacqueline, and David Albright. "Iran’s NPT Violations – Numerous and Possibly On-Going?" Web. 9 Nov. 2014. .

    17. Horowitz, Alana. "Iran: U.S. Spy Plane Reportedly Shot Down By Iran Armed Forces." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 4 Dec. 2011. Web. 9 Nov. 2014. .

    18. Gardner, Frank. "Iran Car Explosion Kills Nuclear Scientist in Tehran." BBC News. BBC, 1 Nov. 2012. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. .

    19. BBC News. BBC, 10 July 2004. Web. 10 Nov. 2014. .

    20. Shah, Anup. "Effects of Iraq Sanctions." - Global Issues. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. .

    21. "Russo-Persian War (1826–28)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 19 Nov. 2014. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. .

    22. Weinburg, Bill. "Iran Issues Anti-nuke Fatwa." World War 4 Report. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. .

    23. Sick, Gary and Lawrence Potter, “Iran, Iraq and the legacies of war” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004), 152-154

    24. "Iran Watch." A History of Iran's Chemical Weapon-Related Efforts. Web. 11 Nov. 2014. .

    25. BAUMANN, ROBERT. "Russo-Persian Wars." Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam Research, 1 Jan. 2004. Web. 13 Nov. 2014. .

    26. Scott, Adriana. US News. U.S.News & World Report. Web. 12 Nov. 2014. .

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  11. You can view my presentation here:

    By: Rachel Anisman

    - We live in a “food-savvy” era whereby people are becoming increasingly conscientious of their eating habits
    - Alternative dietary models vying for media attention, specifically aimed at targeting America’s long-term obesity epidemic

    - Veganism is a viable, sustainable option that addresses many societal health concerns including but not limited to weight loss
    - To target needless overconsumption, unhealthy food relationships, as well as underlying ecological implications, vegansim can be seen as a practical alternative to attaining both a healthier, happier, and more sustainable planet

    - Arthritis Research & Therapy —> participants who followed the vegan diet over a period of three months not only lowered their risk of cardiovascular disease and arthritis, but managed to lower their body mass index and bad cholesterol
    - Adventist Health Study-2 —> participants who eliminated animal products from their diet were shown to exhibit a decreased risk of hypothyroidism, associated with heightened protection against autoimmune disease
    - KOALA Birth Cohort Study —> expectant mothers who were vegan during pregnancy were seen to have an overall decreased prevalence of obesity before, during, and years after pregnancy, as well as exhibited lower blood pressure during pregnancy

    - Hippocrates Health Institute: Heightened mental quality of life, increasing by 14.5%
    - Increased vitality by 21.1%
    - Increased and social functioning by 14.6%
    - Perceived stress decreased by 16.4%
    - Perceived anxiety decreased by 18.6%

    - EPIC-Oxford cohort: vegans who lacked consumption of any animal products showed a 2.5 times lower greenhouse gas emission than their meat-eating counterparts
    - “A family running a 10 year old small family car for 6,000 miles has a carbon footprint of 2,440kgCO2e, roughly equivalent to the annual carbon saving of two high meat eating adults moving to a vegetarian diet” (Scarborough et al.).

    - A more serious initiative should be taken by policy makers and government officials to reduce the ever-increasing global carbon footprint associated with meat consumption
    - Approximately 18% of greenhouse gas emissions can be accounted for by livestock production Livestock production uses a staggering 70% of arable land (that comprises approximately 30% of inhabitable land mass)

  12. Work Cited
    Barford, Vanessa. "The Rise of the Part-time Vegans." BBC News Magazine. N.p., 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.

    Dagevos, Hans, and Jantine Voordouw. "Sustainability and Meat Consumption: Is Reduction Realistic?" Sustainability : Science, Practice, & Policy9.2 (Summer 2013). (n.d.): 60-69. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

    "ENLIGHTENED DIET: Going Vegan May Have Fringe Benefits." Spirituality & Health Magazine July-Aug. 2008. Health Reference Center Academic. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

    "EU Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Targets." - European Commission. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

    Green, Lelia, Leesa Costello, and Julie Dare. "Veganism, Health Expectancy, and the Communication of Sustainability." Australian Journal of Communication 37.3 (2010): 51-72. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

    "Google Ngram Viewer." Google Ngram Viewer. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2014.

    Link, Lilli B., Najeeb S. Hussaini, and Judith S. Jacobson. "Change in Quality of Life and Immune Markers after a Stay at a Raw Vegan Institute: A Pilot Study." Complementary Therapies in Medicine 16.3 (2008): 124-30. Web. 16 Nov. 2014.

    Scarborough, Peter, Paul N. Appleby, Anja Mizdrak, Adam D.M. Briggs, Ruth C. Travis,Kathryn E. Bradbury, and Timothy J. Key. "Dietary Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Meat-eaters, Fish-eaters, Vegetarians and Vegans in the UK." Climatic Change An Interdisciplinary, International Journal Devoted to the Description, Causes and Implications of Climatic Change (2014): n. pag. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

    Shurtleff, William, and Akiko Aoyagi. History of Soymilk and Other Non-Dairy Milks (1226-2013):. N.p.: Soyinfo Center, 2013. 2786-787. Print.

    Simoes-Wust, A. P., I. Kummeling, M. Mommers, M. A. S. Huber, L. Rist, L. P. L. Van De Vijver, P. C. Dagnelie, and C. Thijs. "Influence of Alternative Lifestyles on Self-reported Body Weight and Health Characteristics in Women." The European Journal of Public Health 24.2 (2014): 321. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

    Simoes-Wust, Kummeling, Mommers, Huber, Rist, L. P. L. Van De Vijver, Dagnelie, Thijs

    Tonstad, Serena, Edward Nathan, Keiji Oda, and Gary Fraser. "Vegan Diets and Hypothyroidism." Nutrients 5.11 (2013): 4642-652. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.

  13. Seeing as though a lot of people chose to do their research topics on consumerism, I decided to learn more about this topic myself. I ended up reading about globalization (a subtopic with ideas from consumerism).

    I believe that globalization is important in creating a united nation, and a world that is more interconnected (as I briefly mentioned in my post on multicultural identity). I believe that through international integration, globalization will be able to continue producing innumerable benefits to our current world and create a better movement in economics, culture and communications.

    Attached is the link to my PowerPoint that I made on consumerism/ globalization. Please view in slideshow form (while using your mouse to click in order to obtain the full effects/ transitions!) Also, this is not the topic of my research essay (I wrote about alternative models of education which can be seen on the separate blog post) but hopefully you all enjoy! :)


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  16. I just realized that some of you may have trouble with the video in my PowerPoint, so here is the link to the video:



  17. Finding Happiness


  18. Finding Happiness


  19. My research presentation is about the relationship between stress and exercise. Many people across the globe live stressful lives, which can cause them to develop unhealthy habits that cause themselves harm. As people become affected by high levels of stress, they are more likely to be less engaged in physical activity and eat an unhealthy diet. Engaging in regular physical activity can affect the mind in positive ways. When people exercise, there are neurotransmitters and hormones released that have a significant effect on the mind. Researchers are not entirely sure how stress is relieved by exercise, but there are several theories to support this idea.
    Researchers believe that exercise is a form of stress itself since the body is forced to do strenuous work to keep moving. Since exercise is a form of stress, it stimulates a fight or flight response, which is due to the sympathetic nervous system. When someone is having a fight or flight response, they usually display a variety of symptoms, including a rapid heartbeat, sweating, hyperventilation, difficulty with thought processes, and an increase in energy. An increase in energy usually causes the body to shake. When a person in a state of fight or flight response, endorphins are activated. Endorphins are an important hormone that has an effect on moods, emotions, and our responses to pain.
    Another theory revolves around the release of neurotransmitters during exercise. Our body temperature rises when we engage in vigorous physical activity. When body temperature increases, muscles are warmed. Since the muscles are warmed, they become more relaxed, and there is a decrease in tension. If body temperature increases, the temperature of the brain is also increased. When the temperature of the brain is increased, activity of serotonin and dopamine is triggered. Serotonin and dopamine are both important chemicals for communication in the brain because they are associated with mood regulation and pleasurable emotions. Dopamine is known for being released whenever we do something positive, and it makes us more likely to repeat rewarding behaviors. Exercise can also stimulate areas in the brain that can make us feel energized.
    Exercise can have a powerful effect on people with depression. In a study, it was discovered that people with depression could relieve their symptoms by half, and people with mild cases of depression could use routine exercise as an alternative to prescribed medication.

  20. Works Cited
    1) Keiley L. The Secret to Stress Relief. Mother Earth News [Internet]. 2006 Jun [cited 2014 Dec 10];(216):68-71. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=20961811&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    2) Rashidi Z, Rashidi A, Rouzbahani R, Rezaei F. Effects of Group Exercise on Women’s Depressive Symptoms. Journal of Isfahan Medical School [Internet]. 2013 Jan 8 [cited 2014 Dec 10];30(212):1856-1861. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=90073665&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    3) Wipfli B, Landers D, Nagoshi C, Ringenbach S. An examination of serotonin and psychological variables in the relationship between exercise and mental health. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science In Sports [Internet]. 2011 Jun [cited 2014 Dec 10];21(3):474-481. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=60573282&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    4) Akandere M, Bastug G, Kumartasli M. INVESTIGATION OF DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN DEPENDING ON EXERCISE. International Journal of Academic Research [Internet]. 2013 Jul [cited 2014 Dec 10];5(4):236-240. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=92947484&site=ehost-live&scope=site

    5) Bansal R, Gupta M, Agarwal B, Sharma S. Impact of Short Term Yoga Intervention on Mental Well Being of Medical Students Posted in Community Medicine: A Pilot Study. Indian Journal of Community Medicine [Internet]. 2013 Apr [cited 2014 Dec 10];38(2):105-108. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=88220238&site=ehost-live&scope=site

  21. Hey everyone,

    So this was my original presentation, which I changed later on.
    My presentation was about “how I could change the world”. The thesis of my research paper was “Children who have problems at an early age seem to often carry those problems into their adulthood, so if one’s mission is to change the world he must address it at the source/base.” I believe in this mainly because I think there are a lot of children in the world who do not get enough attention and when these children grow up, things may turn for the worst. My first argument was that parents often do not take the action they should, leading to their children developing behavioral problems. For example, Parents often think that snoring babies are deeply sleeping ones. But perhaps not, a new study suggests, finding that snoring, along with mouth-breathing are signs of disordered sleep that may predict long-term problems in children’s behavior and emotional well-being. In a study published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say that babies who have these sleep problems at 6 months may be anywhere from 20% to 100% more likely to have problem behaviors such as hyperactivity by age 7. Sleep disorders negatively impact behavior, cognition, and growth (the same areas targeted by early intervention). Assessing sleep problems within the evaluation may help establish eligibility for early intervention services and would maximize developmental potential. My second argument was that parents who take the wrong action and interact with their children in the wrong way often see their children growing up to have major problems. For example, Children who are abused at young ages are more likely to have heart problems later in their lives. Inappropriate interaction between parents and children can be very harmful. Children are supposed to grow up in a calm and loving environments, surrounded with their loved ones, not in an environments where they are abused regularly. It would be very beneficial if there was an easy way to educate parents on how their behavior towards their children, effect them. My third argument was that Hospitals play important roles in treating sick children. However, due to the very high demand, hospitals could use a helping hand in improving their services and ensuring that they treat every child with their full effort. Here are some stats from BC Children’s hospital:
    • Last year more than 9,000 children in BC required surgery at BC Children’s Hospital for potentially life threatening illness and injury.
    • 170 open-heart surgeries were performed last year at BC Children’s Hospital.
    • 52% of the 170 open-heart surgeries performed at BC Children’s Hospital are on patients younger than one year old.
    • BC Children’s Hospital provides expert care for more than 85,000 children.
    • An average of 630 sick and injured children receive care every day at BC Children’s Hospital.
    • 700 youngsters received active treatment for cancer at BC Children’s Hospital every year.

    These statistics show how many children are in need of help in the area that we live in. Furthermore, they clearly show how important it is to treat children as early as possible, especially those who have serious problems such as heart problems. These hospitals need more staff and more advanced technology.


  22. The Solution:

    Then, I came up with the idea of creating a non-profit organization, which educates parents on how they should be interacting with their children through easily readable blogs, as well as helping raise money for hospitals through fundraising events. This non-profit organization could be called Power Of Play (POP). This will allow us to use the power of play that we have and often take for granted (through fundraising sporting events), to boost the power of play of those who are struggling in hospitals. However, on the side, the blogs will be helping parents and their daily interactions with their children at home. I believe that this organization can help solve all the problems children may be faced with as stated in my arguments. I hope that someday everyone will look at my thesis and agree with my thoughts, so that we can try to change the world at the base and help everyone.

  23. Since I changed my topic, here is the reference list for my new topic:

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