Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspective

Professor's experimental approach explores science, technology, society and the environment

Brain science and theatre background provide a unique perspectiveFor Yelena Gluzman, science and theatre have much in common. And she’s intimately familiar with both. That makes her a great fit as the newest addition to Media and Technology Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, where she’s teaching a new course on the interrelations of science, technology, society and environment.…

Grief over death of animals needs to be taken more seriously

The grief from the loss of a companion animal is real

Grief over death of animals needs to be taken more seriouslyGrief over the death of a beloved pet needs to be more recognized and respected, according to new research. A study of women 55 and older living alone revealed intense feelings of sorrow after losing a companion animal, but they were careful about who they shared their feelings with, fearing a dismissive response, said Cary Brown,…

‘Fly-in, fly-out’ oil sands workers face significant mental health challenges

Time away from home contributes to low morale and difficulty maintaining healthy habits

‘Fly-in, fly-out’ oil sands workers face significant mental health challengesThe mental health of contract workers who fly in and out of Alberta’s oil sands compares poorly with that of the general population, according to a new report co-written by University of Alberta sociologist Sara Dorow. In one of the first studies in Canada to examine mental health and well-being in the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO)…

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggests

Extroverts find a way to connect whereas introverts are less adept at maintaining their fewer connections

Pandemic isolation harder on introverts than extroverts, study suggestsIn the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many assumed introverts had an advantage over extroverts in surviving isolation because they prefer to be alone. “This couldn’t be a better situation for introverts who have long found the world to be too much with them,” wrote Joanne Kaufman in a New York Times article called “Loving the Lockdown.” Another…

What baseball fights tell us about ourselves

Baseball fights are highly ritualized cultural behaviour

What baseball fights tell us about ourselvesThere's no crying in baseball, as Tom Hanks says in A League of Their Own. But there is fighting. When it happens, the violence is minimal, the brawl is short-lived and no one sheds a tear. Why is that? “Baseball fights are highly ritualized cultural behaviour,” explains U of A archeologist André Costopoulos. “Everybody involved knows…

Covid-19 and the rise of the Fearful State

Is it ethical to frighten people for the 'greater good'?

Covid-19 and the rise of the Fearful StateLong before David Attenborough brought his soothing voice to the explication of animal behaviour for the BBC Life series, the North American television public had been introduced to the majesty and oddities of the natural world through Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. I remember lying on my stomach in my grandparent’s living room watching programs…

New texting services support first responders’ mental health

Daily positive messages are designed to help emergency personnel cope with trauma of the job, similar to successful Text4Hope

New texting services support first responders’ mental healthTwo free text messaging services have been launched to support the mental health of Alberta’s first responders. Text4PTSI and Text4Well-being are designed to help emergency personnel cope positively with feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, disturbed sleep and suicidal thoughts, said project lead Vincent Agyapong, clinical professor of psychiatry and global mental health in the University of Alberta Faculty…

Why is science trying to read and manipulate our dreams?

Without safeguards, the abuse of dream tech is inevitable

Why is science trying to read and manipulate our dreams?By 2030, could an agency record everything we dream? Danish member of parliament Ida Auken thought so. In her 2016 blog post on the World Economic Forum’s website and republished by Forbes, “Welcome to 2030: I Own Nothing, Have No Privacy and Life Has Never Been Better,” Auken envisioned a person saying, “Once in a…

Google’s leverage raises serious antitrust allegations

As the world’s favoured search engine, dominant email service and most popular video provider, Google has immense power over public opinion

Google’s leverage raises serious antitrust allegations“The Google of today is a monopoly gatekeeper for the internet,” reads the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against the tech giant. The document filed on Oct. 20 alleges the company has used exclusionary agreements to block out competitors. Google accounts for 80 per cent of U.S. internet searches and 30 per cent of U.S.…

Want the best advice on coping in a pandemic? Listen to yourself

Your intuition works by drawing your attention to something your analytical brain can’t see. And it has your best interests at heart

Want the best advice on coping in a pandemic? Listen to yourselfAt the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts rushed to provide advice and offer expertise on how to respond in the face of crisis. Much of it was very helpful – and overwhelming in its sheer volume. That has subsided significantly. Perhaps consultants got busy with other things or ran out of things to say.…
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