Posted by: Anne E. Stuart | February 10, 2012

Friday Five – February 10, 2012

For some reason, this was a tough week. I think it started with the late night Sunday watching the Super Bowl (which did have some good commercials). I used the same strategy as last week – picking a link a day. But it just felt tougher this week, like not as much good stuff was coming in compared to other weeks.

Barring some unforeseen disaster (which can easily happen on a Friday afternoon in academia), this week’s post will appear at a more sane hour of the day.

PSYPOST (Rotman School of Management) – February 6, 2012

PSYPOST is reporting on a study by Sanford DeVoe and Julian House from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. DeVoe and House found that people are less happy in their “free time” if they tend to put a monetary value on their time.

Here’s a link to a PDF of the original DeVoe & House study to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Shots: NPR’s Health Blog (Nancy Shute) – February 3, 2012

Following a team of high school football players over two seasons, this work by Eric Nauman and Thomas Talavage of Purdue University has shown that numerous hits to the head can lead to brain changes. Using sensors in the football helmets and MRI scans of the players, the study reveals that the amount of brain changes is related to the number and location of impacts, not simply the severity of the impact.

Shots: NPR’s Health Blog (Shefali S. Kulkarni) – February 8, 2012

Apparently NPR was Tweeting some good links this week, if two of my five choices are from their health blog.

Teen pregnancies are at their lowest point within my lifetime (nearly 40 years). And, as a result, teen abortion rates have also declined. However, discrepancies still exist when making comparisons based on race and ethnicity.

Psychology Today: Career Transitions (Katharine Brooks, Ed.D) – February 8, 2012

In her Career Transitions blog, Katharine Brooks writes about the need to monitor and possibly repair your visible presence on the web. Whether you are in an established career and seeking job change or you are a college student exploring your first career, it is important to be aware of them impression people will form of you based on information on the internet. Some information is easily found, some takes some savvy Google-fu skills, and some takes more computer skill (but companies are willing to hire internet detectives to get dirt on potential job candidates).

What does the web say about you? (If you decide to do a web search on me, please note that I am not a doctor in California, neither have I been writing romance novels since 1974.)

Psychology Today: Tasting the Universe (Maureen Seaberg) – February 10, 2012

In her Tasting the Universe blog for Psychology Today, Maureen Seaberg describes an email conversation with lyricist Stephen Schwartz about his synesthesia and how it has impacted his compositions.

In case you are not familiar with synesthesia (or in the case of my PSY102 students, you forgot what it meant from PSY101), synesthesia is a blending of sensory information in the brain. Individuals with synesthesia experience a variety of manifestations of the phenomenon, but common forms include seeing colors with particular sounds, feeling sounds, and even smelling numbers.



  1. A Wicked Case of Synesthesia

    This article was very interesting to me. The fact that Stephen Schwartz, one of my Favorite music composers, has this unique disorder. The song Colors of the Wind is actually my favorite disney song EVER, and to know that the words he wrote were exactly what he sees, is just incredible!

  2. Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity

    This article is actually something everyone should read. It is treu that everything we do is not private anymore. Many would say that they don’t put any personal information on their networking sites, but if you google your name, you can be on so many websites!!!! It’s crazy wheni checked out my name. Made me think think twice about the things i put online!

  3. The “Time=Money=less happiness” article was very interesting and brought up a subject that I had never thought about previously. The researchers, House and Devoe did a study that was able to prove that people experience more happiness when they do not put a monetary value on their free time. I would have to strongly agree with their hypothesis because money has such importance in our society, and therefore causes stress. If someone actually has free time, but they put a monetary value on it, the time they could be relaxing or having fun becomes stressful and may seem as though it is just a waste. Those who do not put this type of value on free time can fully enjoy it instead of thinking about the money that they are “wasting” and so forth.

  4. “Many hits, rather than a big one, pose greatest concussion risk,” discusses a study that measured the amount and magnitude of hits that a football team experienced in one season. Most people believe a concussion occurs when a person receives a huge hit to the head and is knocked out. However, this study brings to light the effect that all of the smaller, less noticeable, hits take on the players brain. It is dangerous that the smaller hits go unnoticed because they too, cause brain damage and change how the brain functions. A player may go their entire career without actually blacking out from a severe hit, but may have damage that may lead to problems that could have been prevented if noticed.

  5. I think that “Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity” is an article that all of us could learn from. I know that I’ve been particularly careful about what I post on the internet, but there are a lot of things that are posted that are not censored and can come back to haunt you if you make a drunk post on Facebook and don’t delete it immediately the next morning. With information being available to so many different people across so many different social media, anything from your past or something you don’t even know about can hurt you a lot. The way our world communicates can cause problems for the non-careful and this article highlights just how important it is to make sure you know what is on the internet about you.

    “Time = money = less happiness” is a study that can certainly affect everyone and how they live their lives. This shows that people who go through life enjoying all of their extra activities will be happier later on in life rather than people who just think that time off of work is time wasted. I, for one, enjoy any leisure time that I can fit into my schedule. Sometimes, there is too much leisure time but it’s definitely better than flitting around while thinking about how I could be making money if I just got a job. I think that this article brings up a good point about how some people view their lives. Some people, do in fact, need to “stop and smell the roses”.

  6. •Time = money = less happiness, study finds
    It is definetly important to just enjoy ” free time.” It make sense that those who view time as money are not as happy as those who don’t. It is sad to see people who are so obsessed with money that they miss out on being truly happy. Money doesnt equally happiness.

    •Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity
    It is scary to think that one bad facebook picture or post can ruin someones life. It can prevent somebody from getting a job or it can even cause someobdy to lose a job. This article does bring up the question whether it is fair or not that employers can not hire or fire somebody just because of some “digital dirt” that was supposed be kept private.

  7. Time=Money=Less Happiness
    While reading this article I realized how much sense it actually made. I have never thought about how the more things you do in life the happier you will be. If you think about it, it makes total sense because when you stay active and keep our mind going it kind of distracts you. It is very disappointing to see people so obsessed with money these days. Money does not buy happiness, no matter what you do you are still going to want more and more. I loved how the article stated how people need to “stop and smell the roses” because it is true, so many people do need to do that and appreciate what they have instead of being greedy.

    Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low
    I am happy to read this article because I feel bad for teenagers who have children. I know it is their decision but it is a struggle that I could not imagine going through while I am a teenager. I give a lot of credit to those who choose to go through it, and wish them all the best. The article states how the contraceptive market has had a big impact on reducing teen pregnancies which is awesome! Teens should most definitely know all of their options and things to help prevent them from becoming pregnant. I can only hope that the rates continue to go down and that people are becoming smarter about sex.

  8. Time = money = less happiness, study finds.

    This study is very interesting. This study proves that people who put a “price on their time” are more likely to be more impatient when not using time to make more money. The studies were a survey a subgroup of people were asked to participate in to find results. They were asked to think about their time as money instead of just minutes or hours. This had proven that it changes the way we think about wasted time and money. Information given would be to tell people to relax and “smell the roses.” Do not let time or money stress you out.

    Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low, But Disparities Remain

    This experiment surprised me. Teen pregnancy is at an all time low. What was interesting was overall, white teens pregnancy has dropped its rates but according to the study, not all races or ethnicity has dropped. Hispanic teen pregnancy rates are at 37%, black teen pregnancy rates are at 48%, and whites has dropped about 50%. This also has caused the rate of abortion to spike within the last couple of years. This is also a problem with the new health reform. the reform is focused mainly on insuring adults and not teens so less help toward teens who are pregnant.

  9. Teen Pregnancy
    In this article a study from the Guttmacher Institute says that the teen pregnancy rates have been the lowest in 40 years. I found this to be shocking because I see a lot of people these days getting pregnant at an early age. It also says that the abortion rate for Black teens was at least 2 times greater than any other group in the study. I wasn’t shocked by these results because a lot of teens could not handle the responsibilities of birthing a child. The kids in poverty have less of a chance providing for their kids because their parents cant even provide for them. What was also shocking was the fact that every 3 out 10 girls are pregnant by twenty. Its not as bad because it has gotten better because we were rushed into having children in the past because of our shorter last expectancy.
    In this article a study was conducted concerning the time spent working for money and true happiness. I think getting paid for your time all depends on what you have to do. If you have to donate your time unwillingly for money you are not happily taking pride in your work. People found themselves to becoming impatient when its time to get paid because it was just not worth it. I can relate to this article because I have felt myself unhappy waiting for the direct deposit to go through every Friday. Serving coffee at Dunklin Donuts wasn’t worth what it paid. People are getting underpaid, everyone’s time should be worth more than 8 dollars.

  10. Time = money = less happiness
    Great article. This article is very interesting. Many people do consider “free time” to be done in a spending type of way. And i do find that it can have an effect on how people socialize and feel in general about life. It can be stressful. If you dont have the money to do something fun during your social time, then its not as fun. Then a person becomes unhappy when all they can really do is work, with less free time. In my opinion , if you are not “spending free time” then you are wasting free time. Unless you are doing something productive that does not involve money and it is something you like.

    Teen Pregnancies Hit New Low, But Disparities Remain
    This article brings alot of questions. If teen pregnacy is decreasing, why has disparities remained the same? and How can we change that? Could it be the ethnic backround for each group? I wonder, does social economic status have any type of influece with teen pregnancy since hispanics and blacks are considered the “minority” population? What about the reasons behind teen pregnancy that researchers may not have considered? This article is great, and obviously it is great news to know that teen pregnancy has slowly decreased.However it would also be nice to hear that each culture stands at about the same. There must be a reason for such difference.

  11. Teen Pregnancy

    I think the article on teen pregnancy was interesting because it was surprising to know that teen pregnancy has dropped in the past few years. This could possibly also be the result of shows such as “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant” which opens the eyes to teens about the possible results of unprotected sex. It was also interesting to see the difference between abortion rates and races.

    Many Hits, Rather Than A Big One, Pose Greatest Concussion Risk

    It was alarming reading this article, because the changes that could happen to your brain during contact sports is very serious. Even non-contact sports pose a serious risk, such a volleyball where your body is constantly hitting the floor, and sometimes your head. It makes sense that many small hits can make the impact as one big one.

  12. Digital Dirt: Managing Your Online Identity

    This article is actually something everyone should read. I find it very true that everything we do is no longer private. Many would say that they don’t put any personal information on their networking sites, but if you google your name, you can be found on so many websites. I believe it crazy when i checked out my name. I now realize I’m going to slow down and keep up with the sites i use.

    Time = money = less happiness, study finds

    It is definetly important to just enjoy “free time”. It make sense to those who view time as money are not as happy as those who don’t. It is sad to see people who are so obsessed with money that they miss out on being truly happy. Money doesnt equally happiness. Happiness i believe comes from the productivity of your life.

  13. I actually saw the statement that teen pregnancy is at an all time low. This sort of surprises me considering I notice way more pregnancies than I ever did before. I would like to see how the experiment took place and previous data. I think it would also help to see what areas have lowered and what have risen because I’m sure not everywhere has just declined.

  14. It is very interesting to find out it isn’t necessarily how big the hit is but the amount of times you get hit and the location which makes a lot of sense when you actually think about it. I think we see it more as of how big the hit is because we just see our brain as defenseless and easily damaged when we have a skull that protects it but some spots are more vulnerable than others. I think this relates to tennis in a way because to hurt or beat your opponent you need to find a weakness in their game and use location and precision to win, not just power, it can only get you so far in the game.

  15. time=money=less happiness:
    This was a great article that really made me think. I personally hate wasting time and i can see it effect me on an individual level. I work full time while going to school full time and have an internship 15 hours a week. So time is something i never seem to have enough of. This definitely makes sense in that in recent months with the additional stress of the internship i can see that i seem much more impatient, and have an inability to relax. When i am not busy doing something productive i seem to be busy worrying about what i forgot to do or should be doing. After reading this i will for sure try to make a conceded effort to enjoy my time off. =)

    Teen pregnancy
    This article seems a bit off and i briefly viewed a few other articles on the same subject matter. The figures seem to be misleading and i am not sure of the validity of the facts but it is definitely something i would like to look into. Most people would argue that it seem the complete opposite of what this article is claiming, but i do not personally have the resources to conduct a study of this type.


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