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Improve Your Brain. Read a Novel.

How a book really can change your life: Brain function improves for DAYS after reading a novel Researchers from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia used fMRI scanners to identify brain networks associated with reading storiesThe study showed heightened connectivity in an area of the brain associated with understanding language after the reading of a novelIt suggests reading a novel can transport a person into the body of a book's protagonist as neural changes are linked with movement systems
By SARAH GRIFFITHS PUBLISHED: 06:43 EST, 27 December 2013 | UPDATED: 10:49 EST, 27 December 2013 Many people have claimed that reading a special book has transformed their life, but now scientists have discovered that enjoying a novel can make a real, measurable change in the brain too.

U.S. researchers used fMRI scanners to identify brain networks associated with reading stories and found that changes in the brain linger for a few days after reading a powerful work of fiction.
They set out to…

James Franco & "The Selfie"

The Meanings of the Selfie By JAMES FRANCO

Selfies are something new to me, but as I have become increasingly addicted to Instagram, I have been accused of posting too many of them. I was called out on the “Today” show, and have even been called the selfie king.
Maybe this is so, but only because I’ve learned that the selfie is one of the most popular ways to post — and garner the most likes from followers. The likes spin out of control for selfies of me and my two handsome brothers, especially Dave, the other actor, whose image pulls in its own legion of teenage fans.

Great Suit Less Than $1000

The Essential: A Great Suit for Less Than a Grand You might not know it looking at our leaders in D. C. or the gang on Duck Dynasty, but we are living in a golden age of suits. Chalk it up to greater manufacturing efficiencies or a greater emphasis on closer (read: correct) fits from even the massest of retailers, but it has never, ever been easier to own a superb-fitting two-piece without spending a ton of money. DKNY has crafted a go-anywhere, do-anything suit in mélange blue cut from the brand's signature stretch wool, a fabric that benefits a trimmer silhouette, for less than $700. A bargain, sure, but a blessing, too, for those occasions (work, weddings, the odd funeral) when nothing but a great suit will do.

Verbs for Emotion

The Emotional Power of Verbs By KAREN E. BENDERThe characters in my students’ stories were not quite jumping off the page. The characters were clear and beautifully described, but sometimes I felt a bit impatient reading them. The problem was not with the descriptions — my students skillfully created characters with nouns and adjectives,  constructing the characters and their world so that I knew them. The issue was that everything seemed to be still and perfect as a photograph. “Stop thinking about nouns and adjectives when you’re creating characters,” I told my students one day. “Think verbs.”

Dressing for Persuasion

Persuasion - Stimulus & Response - continues to be a core DJK topic...
For many of us, what we wear for work has become automatic and habitual. We drag on a suit each day, out of routine, nothing more. Or we slouch about in baggy casual gear because we’re freelance, or working remotely, so we can. -  By dressing mindlessly we’re ignoring the large amount of evidence showing the profound effect of clothing on our thinking style, on how we feel, and on the way others perceive us. Starting today, you can use clothing and props to improve your work performance through these simple steps: Dress for the task: the “Lab Coat” effect

Consider the findings of a study published last year by the Kellogg School of Management. They showed that students were far more accurate on tests of attentional focus and sustained concentration while wearing the white lab coat of a scientist. Crucially, spending time thinking about the lab coat didn’t have this benefit, it had to be worn.

Letters of Note

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.”
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets


Spotless Minds - Reality

Unwanted Memories Erased in Electroconvulsive Therapy Experiment

Scientists Search for New Treatments for Mental Trauma

By GAUTAM NAIK - Wall Street Journal - Dec. 22, 2013 9:14 p.m. ET

Scientists have zapped an electrical current to people's brains to erase distressing memories, part of an ambitious quest to better treat ailments such as mental trauma, psychiatric disorders and drug addiction.

In an experiment, patients were first shown a troubling story, in words and pictures. A week later they were reminded about it and given electroconvulsive therapy, formerly known as electroshock. That completely wiped out their recall of the distressing narrative.

"It's a pretty strong effect. We observed it in every subject," said Marijn Kroes, neuroscientist at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and lead author of the study, published Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

The experiment recalls the plot of the movie "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind…

Prime Cuts

Spring's leather accessories get the light-as-air treatment with beautifully intricate laser cuts.

December 23, 2013 Spring 2014 Accessories Trend: Prime Cuts Styled ByROXANNE ROBINSON

"How To" Books are Subjective

This is Your Brain on Santa

Santa on the Brain By KELLY LAMBERT - New York Times

ASHLAND, Va. — I’LL never forget that December day 12 years ago, and the family holiday crisis I so narrowly averted. I had spent the morning at my office writing a neuroscience textbook, and was looking forward to returning home to spend some time with my 3- and 7-year-old daughters, Skylar and Lara. But the news I received from my husband as I walked through the door was devastating. The girls had been exploring in the attic — a space I’d thought was the perfect hiding place for Santa’s gifts. It was more than a week before Christmas and they had just seen their presents!
I’m not sure where it came from but some maternal lobe in my brain immediately became activated, and I morphed into Santa’s legal counsel. “I was afraid this would happen!” I told the girls. I went on to explain that Santa had contacted all the parents whose kids were expecting bulky gifts t…

The Guy Who Invented Karaoke

Someone Had to Invent Karaoke—This Guy Did

It's hard to believe karaoke is not a naturally occurring phenomenon, but in 1970 it did not exist.

An original Juke 8 (The Appendix)

It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when karaoke didn't exist. Sure, there have long been singalongs and pianomen. And people have made drunken fools of themselves at bars since there were bars. (And before:Alcibiades at Plato's Symposium? Awkward!)
But this particular fixture of the festive landscape, the karaoke bar and the machine(s) that enable it: This had a discrete moment of creation. And then, like a big bang of joyous, off-key mewling, it blasted out into the universe, expanding and cooling into the formations that you see today. Like The Mint in San Francisco. Or The Alibi in Portland. Or Winnie's in New York.
They are legion.
It turns out that the inventor of karaoke is a man named Daisuke Inoue, who was born in a small Japanese town in 1940. He was a drummer, by trade…

30 Recipes To Master By The Time You're 30

30 Recipes You Should Know How To Cook By The Time You're 30
There are some basic, fundamental recipes that every cook should have in his or her tool belt. As cooks, we learn some of these in college, on a tight budget with limited time. As we get a little older, we start to find our favorite tweaks, substitutions and improvements. Ideally, by the time we hit 30, we have an arsenal of great recipes that we feel comfortable making anytime. This way, if you invite someone over for dinner, you don't have to panic and thumb through every cookbook you own (unless you want to). In our minds, these are the 30 essential recipes every cook should know by the time they turn 30. If you can master these, you'll have most of the tools you need to learn any other recipe with relative ease. This list is tailored toward an omnivore, but there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options here as well, in or…

Wolves of Manhattan

Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Wolf' Pack Takes Manhattan ByERIK MAZA with contributions from DAVID LIPKE

At the after party for the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” at Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan Tuesday night, Fran Lebowitz circled the booth where Leonardo DiCaprio held court, waiting to be waved in.

She was separated from the actor by several layers of people, from lowly Instagram-takers to the actor’s own inner circle, which was comprised of Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Jonah Hill, Joe Pesci, Kate Upton and Brad Grey, the chairman and chief executive officer of Paramount Pictures, which released the film.

Lebowitz was not among the groupies hoping for a selfie with DiCaprio.

She had been inside earlier, talking Scorsese’s ear off. But she stepped away and when she returned, she found her plush, courtside seat at the center of gravity of the big premiere suddenly impossible to reach. A bodyguard blocking the entrance only offered a conciliatory shrug that suggested he either…

3D Fashion

Taking Fashion to a New Dimension By 

Left, a rendering of the 3-D outfit worn by Lindsay Ellingson, right, in the Victoria’s Secret show.

Will the 3-D printer replace the sewing machine as the favored tool of fashion designers? In recent months, 3-D-printed clothes and accessories have shown up on “Project Runway” (a contestant printed belts), the actual runway (the Dutch designer Iris van Herpen’s 3-D-printed collection called Voltage) and on the Neiman Marcus website (which sells 3-D pieces like Bathsheba Grossman’s sculptural stainless-steel orbs). A few days ago, 3-D-printed fashion had perhaps its biggest moment when CBS broadcast the annual “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” The model Cara Delevingne walked the runway in computer-generated angel wings, while Lindsay Ellingson was outfitted in a corset, bustle and arm pieces intricately designed to look like snowflakes.

The Best CEO's List

Jeff Bezos, John Idol Make First 'Best CEO's' List ByARNOLD J. KARR’s Jeff Bezos and Michael Kors Holdings Ltd.’s John Idol both found a home on Sydney Finkelstein’s first list of best chief executive officers of the year.

Finkelstein, professor of management and associate dean at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, has long issued an annual worst ceo’s list. This year, both former J.C. Penney Co. Inc. chief Ron Johnson and Sears Holdings Corp. ceo Edward S. Lampert qualified for worst-of mentions.

In an interview Webcast on Yahoo, Finkelstein cited Bezos’ “unbelievable focus on customers” and “nonstop innovation” for his selection as the best ceo of the year. The educator also pointed out that Bezos is setting Amazon on a collision course with the fashion industry, which Finkelstein considers “rife for disruption….No one is better at it than Amazon.”

Citing Michael Kors’ successful initial public offering two years ago and stock appreciation since, Finkelstein …

Top Trends 2013

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Important FYI: Top trends in the “How To?” category included knitting, kissing, flirting and blogging, but the top spot went to the recurring mystery for millions of American men: “How to Tie a Tie.” DJK

Know where EVERYTHING is

Location-awareness will be built into more than just phones. All of our stuff will know where it is, and how to connect... DJK

Google’s Road Map to Global Domination
Dan Winters for The New York Times Luc Vincent, the man in charge of all the imagery in Google's online maps, next to a Trekker. By ADAM FISHER Published: December 11, 2013 98 CommentsFACEBOOKTWITTERGOOGLE+SAVEEMAIL

Branding From The Wizard of Oz, Himself


At long last, Dorothy and her friends walked toward the Great Voice of Oz. But Toto, mischievous as any creature, tugged at the curtain in the corner of the room, and revealed not a Wizard at all but a trembling bald man with a wrinkled face!
The Tin Woodman, raising his ax, ran toward the little man and cried, “Who are you?” The little man trembled, “I am Oz, the Great and Terrible!” Our friends looked at each other in surprise and dismay. “I thought Oz was a Great Wizard,” said Dorothy.
“I did, too,” said the Scarecrow.
“How did you do it?” asked the Lion.
“How are you Oz, the Great and Terrible?” asked the Tin Woodman.
“Two words,” said the little man. “Personal branding.”

Store Clerks Become Web Shippers

Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers From Sears to Saks, Chains Are Trying to Combat

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