Day: September 10, 2018

Medicaldevice-network.com: Blood biomarkers offer hope for autism diagnosis in children

Medicaldevice-network.com: Blood biomarkers offer hope for autism diagnosis in children

New biomarker panel may help in devising a blood test for autism. Credit: biologycorner.

A panel of blood biomarkers discovered by researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX could create a new test to detect autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in certain children.

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Metro.co.uk: Here's how people start believing the Earth is flat, according to science

What exactly happens when a previously normal person suddenly decides – against all the evidence – that the Earth is actually a magic pancake floating in space?

A new study has thrown light on how people stick to irrational beliefs – such as the idea that the Earth is flat, or that vaccines cause autism.

And no, it’s not because they’re really, really stupid.


How do you start believing this is an accurate picture of our planet? (Getty)

Instead, the researchers at UC Berkeley found, it’s about the ‘feedback’ people get – such as from others on social media – which boosts people’s certainty.

The researchers found that people’s beliefs are more reinforced by positive interactions – rather than by logic, reasoning or proof.

Lead author Louis Marti, a Ph.D. student in psychology at UC Berkeley said, ‘If you think you know a lot about something, even though you don’t, you’re less likely to be curious enough to explore the topic further, and will fail to learn how little you know.’

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Senior author Celeste Kidd said, ‘If you use a crazy theory to make a correct prediction a couple of times, you can get stuck in that belief and may not be as interested in gathering more information.’

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The researchers asked 500 volunteers to identify a made-up shape known as a ‘daxxy’, giving them feedback as they ‘learned’ what a daxxy was.

The final results showed that participants consistently based their certainty on whether they had correctly identified a Daxxy during the last four or five guesses instead of all the information they had gathered throughout.

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What happens inside a Flat Earther’s head? (Picture: Shutterstock; Metro.co.uk)

Marti said, ‘What we found interesting is that they could get the first 19 guesses in a row wrong, but if they got the last five right, they felt very confident.

‘It’s not that they weren’t paying attention, they were learning what a Daxxy was, but they weren’t using most of what they learned to inform their certainty.’

‘If your goal is to arrive at the truth, the strategy of using your most recent feedback, rather than all of the data you’ve accumulated, is not a great tactic.’

10 reasons Flat Earthers say prove the Earth is flat

The horizon always appears perfectly flat – except in NASA and other government pictures, which are obviously faked (as part of the global conspiracy)

Picture Source: atlanteanconspiracy
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You never have to look down to see the horizon, no matter how hard you rise. If Earth were a real globe you’d have to look down

Picture Source: atlanteanconspiracy
Picture Source: atlanteanconspiracy

If Earth really was a sphere hurtling through space, the water would be wobbling all over the place, instead of staying flat.

Here are 5 reasons that so many people believe that the Earth is flat
See? It’s flatGetty

If Earth really was a globe, rivers such as the Mississipi would have to flow uphill to reach the sea – flowing uphill 11 miles in its 3,000-mile length.

Coldest temperatures in nearly twenty years

If Earth really was spherical, helicopters would be able to hover in place and wait for their destinations to come to them.

Pro-cannabis protesters gather in London's Hyde Park to call for the drug to be legalised during the 420 demo Featuring: Atmosphere Where: London, United Kingdom When: 20 Apr 2016 Credit: Seb/WENN.com
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The railway from London to Liverpool is 180 miles long. If Earth really was a globe, it should be 5,400 feet high over Birmingham.

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If Earth really was a globe, airline pilots would constantly have to adjust their controls so as not to fly off into space.

The world's best airline has been named
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If there actually were billions of stars in the night sky (Flat Earthers think there aren’t), the entire sky would be full of light.

If Earth was constantly spinning, aeroplanes would never be able to reach their destinations due to the 500mph headwind.

If Earth really is spinning, bullets fired upwards would land hundreds of feet Westwards. They don’t.

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Siliconindia.com: Social Acceptance & Good Parenting Help in Reducing the Debilitating Impact of Autism on Children

Siliconindia.com: Social Acceptance & Good Parenting Help in Reducing the Debilitating Impact of Autism on Children

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, 10 September 2018, 08:56 Hrs

Autism is the rapidly growing neuro-developmental disorder in the world. According to the first rigorous estimate of the country’s autism prevalence, nearly 23 of every 10,000 children in India have Autism. Fortunately, the process of identifying and obtaining diagnosis at earlier

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Therepublic.com: Learning while waiting: Sensory integration wall teaches skills in the hallway

Therepublic.com: Learning while waiting: Sensory integration wall teaches skills in the hallway

A dedicated space at Rockcreek Elementary School encourages students to socialize and keep learning even when waiting in a hallway.

Corie Williams, Universal Design for Learning facilitator, and Amber Wolf, autism coordinator, created a sensory integration wall using a $500 grant they received this spring from Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation.

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Dailymail.co.uk: Coles rolls out 'quiet hour' for autistic customers nationwide with 173 stories turning down the …

Dailymail.co.uk: Coles rolls out 'quiet hour' for autistic customers nationwide with 173 stories turning down the …

Coles rolls out ‘quiet hour’ for autistic customers nationwide with 173 stories turning down the music and dimming lights for an hour a week Coles is rolling out its quiet hour to an additional 103 stores across the country’Quiet hour’ is a low sensory experience for people on the autism spectrumSupermarkets

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Businessinsider.com: Jebsen Group Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2018, Positive Participation as a …

Businessinsider.com: Jebsen Group Releases Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2018, Positive Participation as a …

HONG KONG, Sept. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Jebsen Group (Jebsen), a leading brand builder in Greater China, releases the CSR Report 2018 today, a review of its corporate social responsibility efforts in 2017. Social responsibility is part of the Jebsen 123-year heritage, where it is always looking to optimise both

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Worcesternews.co.uk: PATIENTS' VIEW: Healthwatch chairman Peter Pinfield visits the NHS Health and Care Innovation …

Worcesternews.co.uk: PATIENTS' VIEW: Healthwatch chairman Peter Pinfield visits the NHS Health and Care Innovation …

I WAS in Manchester last week attending the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo, where there were some very interesting presentations discussing the plans and opportunities the proposed ten-year NHS plan will bring and a presentation, Why should we care about Carers?, led by Prof Jane Cummings Chief Nursing Officer

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Psychcentral.com: Unapologetically Aspie

Psychcentral.com: Unapologetically Aspie

Whenever you watch an old movie or sitcom, you likely cringe at what was socially acceptable for the era—racist jokes, misogynistic epithets, blatant xenophobia… and you should cringe.  For most people, it’s entirely obvious how offensive and dehumanizing it would be to tell a Black or Brown person, “Good job

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