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Twelve (12) facts about Music, and how they affect the Brain

Published May 6, 2015 by teacher dahl

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The brain can work in ways we can’t comprehend. In numerous studies they have been able to see just how much normal things like music can effect, and even alter, it completely. These facts about music will give you an insight into the complexity of your own mind.

1. The chills you get when you listen to music, is mostly caused by the brain releasing dopamine while anticipating the peak moment of a song.

Dopamine is a feel-good chemical released by the brain. This chemical is directly involved in motivation, as well as addiction. These studies found a biological explanation for why music always has been such a huge part of emotional events around the world since the beginning of human history.

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2. There are few activities in life that utilizes the entire brain, and music is one of them.

With Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI), a research team recorded a group of individuals who were listening to music. They found that listening to music recruits the auditory areas, and employs large-scale neural networks in the brain. In fact, they believe music can activate emotional, motor, and creative areas of the brain.

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3. Playing music regularly will physically alter your brain structure.

Brain plas­tic­ity refers to the brain’s abil­ity to change through­out life. Changes asso­ci­ated with learn­ing occur mostly at the con­nec­tions between neu­rons. When studying musicians, they found that the cor­tex vol­ume was high­est in pro­fes­sional musi­cians, inter­me­di­ate in ama­teur musicians, and lowest in non-musicians.

4. The brain responds to music the same way it responds to something that you eat.

As stated above, dopamine is a chemical released by the brain. This chemical is connected with the feeling of euphoria which is associated with addiction, sex, and even eating. Dopamine is what enables a person to feel the pleasures of such things. A study using only instrumental music proves that anticipation for a musical rush released the same kind of reactions in the brain as anticipating the taste of your food.

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5. Listening to music while exercising can significantly improve your work-out performance.
Dissociation is a diversionary technique which lowered the perceptions of effort. This technique can divert the mind from feelings of fatigue, and heighten positive mood states like vigor. By using music during low to moderate exercise intensities, you will find yourself with an overall more pleasurable experience while working out.

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6. An emotional attachment could be the reason for your favorite song choice.

Favorite songs are often context-dependent. Even though many people often change their favorite song depending on the most recent releases, it is proven that long-lasting preferences are due mainly to an emotional attachment to a memory associated with the song.

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7. Your heartbeat changes to mimics the music you listen to.
Music is found to modulate heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. The cardiovascular system mirrored deflating decrescendos, and swelling crescendos in a study of 24 volunteers. Distinguishing changes in sound patterns were even found to be equipped in those as small as a developing fetus.

8. Listening to happy vs. sad music can affect the way you perceive the world around you.

The brain always compares the information that comes through the eyes with what it expects about the world, based on what you know. The final results in our mind is what we perceive as our reality. Therefore, happy songs that lift your spirits make you see the world around you differently then that of a sad person.

9. An “earworm” is a song that you can’t seem to get out of your head.

An earworm is a cognitive itch in your brain. This “brain itch” is a need for the brain to fill in the gaps in a song’s rhythm. The auditory cortex is a part of your brain that will automatically fill in a rhythm of a song. In other words, your brain kept “singing” long after the song had ended.

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10. Music triggers activity in the same part of the brain that releases Dopamine, the “pleasure chemical”.

The nucleus accumbens is a part of your brain that releases Dopamine during eating, and sex. The most interesting part, is that the nucleus accumbens is just a small part of the brain that gets effected by music. It also effects the amygdala, which is the part of the brain used to process emotion. for music.

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11. Music is often prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s disease and stroke victims.
Music therapy has been around for decades. Music triggers networks of neurons into organized movement. The part of the brain the processes movement also overlaps speech networks. These two key elements help patients overcome the obstacles that most effect them such as basic motor skills, and speech difficulties.

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12. According to a study, Learning a musical instrument can improve fine motor and reasoning skills.
In a study of children, it revealed that those with three or more years of musical training preformed better in fine motor skills and auditory discrimination abilities then those who had none. They even tested better for vocabulary and reasoning skills, even though those are quite separate from music training.

Source: unbelievable-facts.com

What Young Men Should Know about Shaving : Shaving Tips for Teen Guys

Published March 16, 2015 by teacher dahl

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Guys, now that you’re hitting puberty, you might notice your facial hair starting to come in. You’ll also start seeing hair grow in places that you’ve never seen hair before — under your armpits, around your groin, on your belly, and on your chest (maybe even on your back). All the extra hair is the result of hormones called androgens, which kick in at puberty.

Unless you’re the “mountain man” type, it’s probably time to consider shaving your face. In our society, shaving with a razor is the most common way of removing facial hair. Here are some shaving tips just for teen guys:

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Shaving Tip 1: When to Start Shaving
First, talk to some men in your family — perhaps your father, or an older brother who has already started shaving — and ask them if you are ready. You should start shaving when you decide that you have enough hair growth on your face to actually shave off. You’ll notice darker hairs forming on your chin and around your upper lip.

Shaving Tip 2: What Type of Razor to Use
You need to find a razor that is safe and that works well for you. Get your dad, mom, or older sibling to take you to a drugstore or discount store. You’ll find two popular types of razors: electric and manual. An electric razor usually has a cord attached, although many come in a rechargeable, cordless design. A disposable razor usually has several blades stacked one on top of the other, which can provide you with a very clean shave. Here are some details about each type:

  • Electric razors. Electric razors are convenient. But many models do not shave as close as the disposable razors. If you select an electric razor, choose one that has flexible heads to conform to the contours of your face. Some electric razors dispense lubricants that help soften and protect your skin. But be aware that an electric razor can still irritate your skin. Take time to find one that’s right for you.

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  • Disposable razors. If you choose a disposable razor, you will need some type of shaving cream or gel to apply to your face before shaving. These creams and gels lubricate your face and help reduce the risk of nicking or cutting your skin. There are many creams and gels to choose from. Some include moisturizers and vitamins to help keep your face from drying out. Experiment with several creams and gels to find the one that’s right for your face.

Shaving Tip 3: Prevent Cuts
Truth is, you’ll probably cut your face a few times when you first start shaving; every guy cuts his face at some time. But here are some safety tips on shaving with a disposable or safety razor:

  • The best time to shave is after taking a warm bath or shower to make your skin hydrated and soft.
    At the bathroom sink, splash warm water on your face to stimulate your skin before applying shaving cream or gel. This will make it easier for the razor to make contact because the hairs will stick out some.
  • Lather up! Apply shaving cream or gel (without alcohol) on your face. The shaving cream or gel produces lather, which helps protect the skin as the razor cuts the hair.
  • Go with the grain of your hair, not against it. For most guys, whiskers on the face grow down. So shaving downward on the face removes most of the hair. Shaving against the grain (or upward) can cause rashes or red bumps.

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  • Don’t rush. It’s very important to shave slowly and gently. Let the razor blade do the work.
    Don’t push down too hard with the razor. If you do, you’re likely to cut your face. It’s better to go over a part of the skin twice — lightly — than to press down hard. Ouch!
    Use soft, short strokes on your jaw and chin. Again, don’t apply too much pressure.
    Ask your mom or dad to get you an antiseptic styptic pencil. To use: dip the white pencil in water and then apply it to any nicks or cuts to stop bleeding immediately.
  • Change razors or blades frequently. A dull blade can irritate your skin and cause rashes. You are also more likely to cut your face with a dull blade.
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  • After shaving, wash your face with soap and water. Then follow up your shave with a face lotion or moisturizing aftershave product. This will help prevent your skin from drying out. If you’re heading outside, be sure to apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 (higher if you have fair skin).
  • Despite what you might have heard, shaving daily does not make the hair grow back thicker. But if you have ultrasensitive skin, you might be prone to folliculitis, a bacterial infection, or irritation from the shaving process. These can lead to scarring, so use caution.

  • Unless you have very thick facial hair, you don’t have to shave every day when you first start shaving. Try to shave the darker hairs that are starting to come in, and wait for the full-face shave. There will be plenty of time for daily shaving when you’re an older teen or young adult.
  • As you get older, your hair will start to come in much faster, requiring you to shave frequently. Guys who get thick stubble, producing a “shadow” of newer hair growth, often prefer shaving more than once a day.
  • Remember, everyone is different. Genetics play a big role in how much hair you have. You may know some guys who barely have any facial hair. Maybe they have what’s called “peach fuzz,” or light, fine hair all over their face. Likewise, there are many teens who can grow a full beard early in their high school years.

If you do have excess body hair on your back or other areas that you want to get rid of, talk to your doctor. There are processes such as waxing that can remove unwanted hair.

Source: Web MD

What Your Clothing Color Choice Says About You

Published March 9, 2015 by teacher dahl

Check out the list below to see how you can tweak your wardrobe to positively affect you throughout the day!

  • Grey: Causes indifference, non-expressiveness. Some associated terms are fixed, depressed, lifeless apathetic.
  • Black: Symbolizes extremes, all or nothing.
  • Gold: Symbolizes authority, self-confidence, creativity, perfection.
  • Silver: Inspires emotional stability, removes or neutralizes negativity.
  • Copper/Bronze: Symbolizes love and passion in personal and professional relationships and endeavors.
  • Red: Stimulates energy, warmth and healing. Some associated terms are courage, will-power, speed and assertiveness.
  • Orange: Stimulates new possibilities, creativity and enthusiasm.
  • Yellow: Awakens mental inspiration and energizes your muscles. (Remember, your heart is a muscle!)
  • Green: Inspires balance and harmony, soothes both the mind and body.
  • Blue: Soothes and cools.
  • Indigo: As a mix of blue and red, indigo combines the devotion of blue and stabilization of red. Indigo inspires coolness and electricity.
  • Violet/Purple: Colors of transformation, soothing mental and emotional stress. For those of you who meditate, it is believed that violet strengthens one’s spiritual power.
  • White: White is the combination of all colors. It signifies perfection, balance and harmony.
  • Magenta: Inspires magnetism and extra focus to achieve power.
  • Pink: Restores youthfulness, inspires genuine contact to your true feelings.
  • Turquoise: Increases intuition and sensitivity. Relaxes sensations of stress.
  • Brown: Represents solidity and grounding, natural and simple.

So, now what? Should you go out and buy a new wardrobe? Not necessarily. If you’ve got the cash, shop ’till you drop. If you’re like most of us, just make due with with you already own. In attempts to spice up my winter clothes I have added bright jewelry (that I already owned but only rocked in the summertime), colorful scarves and even bright socks.

Take note of how certain colors affect you and keep it in mind when dressing each day. Who knows, maybe your next big idea is just a gold broach away.

Source: mind.body.green.com

Hair down there: Should you wax it, shave it or leave it?

Published May 27, 2014 by teacher dahl

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Should you “touch” your hair down there or leave it alone?

It’s no longer unusual to see ladies lining up to get Brazilians.
No, they’re not getting a pair of flipflops, nor hot, hunky Latinos.
The latest trend in feminine pampering is to fully remove one’s pubic hair, which is popularly called a Brazilian wax.
Aside from waxing, there are other methods of removing pubic hair such as shaving, sugaring or trimming.

Which method is best? And should women really shave themselves bare down there?
Just like hair in other parts of the body — like the eyelashes and nose hair — pubic hair was placed there for a reason.

  • The cushion of curly hair is ideal for trapping dirt and bacteria. It’s sponge-like texture also creates a space between the skin and underwear to prevent excessive body heat and sweating. This allows for better air circulation to prevent skin infection.
  • Strictly speaking, leaving your pubic hair to grow in peace is the best choice.
  • But due to the strong influence of fashion and changes in our culture, along with the shrinkage of the swimsuit, denuding the pubic area seems to be the popular choice.

1. Shaving .   

Shaving is the most common method to remove pubic hair. It has the risk of causing skin infection due to tiny nicks      and cuts from the blade. Reuseable blades are discouraged since they may harbor bacteria. If shaving is your chosen  method, pick a disposable, single-use razor. Even in the operating room, shaving of body hair is discouraged because of the reasons mentioned above.
2. Trimming
 Trimming has been shown to cause less infection and less cuts on the skin. It is not too popular for the partner,               though, because the tiny hairs tend to scratch his sensitive skin during sex.

3. Brazilian waxing
  That’s why Brazilian waxing has become the new favorite. A warm wax is applied to the vulva and allowed to harden.   This is similar to the sugaring method. The dried wax or sugar is then pulled off along with the pubic hair all the way down to the hair follicles.

                           It can be an excruciatingly painful experience but many suffer willingly through this process because the hairlessness lasts longer. Be very meticulous in choosing your waxing salon. Some centers reuse their wax on several clients and some technicians don’t even use gloves while plucking the excess hairs missed by the wax. Ewww!

If you must choose to lose the hair down there:

1. Watch out for skin inflammation, minor burns, scarring, ingrown hairs, bumps and infected hair follicles.

2. Avoid washing your pubic area for 3 to 6 hours so that bacteria from water will not enter the pores and cuts.

3. Apply antibiotic ointment to areas that seem red and inflamed.

4. Be extra conscious of personal hygiene especially during menstruation since you no longer have the hair to protect the vagina. Removing pubic hair may look more appealing but beauty comes with a price. It’s your choice.

 

source : Yahoo She

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