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The Secret to Writing Well Isn't What You'd Expect, Says Study - 0 views

  • While visualizing your story may seem like the right way to approach writing, it turns out that for full-time writers, the brain performs a bit differently. When Dr. Lotze watched writers from a competitive creative writing program perform the same tests, he found that experienced writers, while brainstorming, used parts of their brains associated with speech instead of vision.
  • Novice writers, Lotze suggests, are more likely to watch the story unfold like a movie inside their heads.
  • And perhaps more importantly, write often. If creative writing is a skill your brain learns over time, then like anything else, the more you practice, the better you’ll get.
    The important part of the finding is that writing is a skill that one can master over time.  While I agree with Stephen King in the sense that great writers can not be created, I also agree that anyone can become a decent writer.
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15 Shocking Facts You Don't Know About Weed - Page 9 - 0 views

  • Some marijuana experts, like Mayo’s Bostwick, think this tight regulation is harmful because all the marijuana used in studies come from the same place — whereas in the real world, the plants can vary widely, leading to different effects for different people.
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Sperm can pass trauma symptoms through generations, study finds | The Verge - 0 views

  • People who experience early childhood trauma, like abuse or war, often exhibit a number of hormonal imbalances. The mechanisms involved are poorly understood, but most scientists agree that traumatic events alter gene expression, which then causes misregulations in a number of biological processes. But whether these changes can actually be passed down to offspring is a controversial question, because it would imply that acquired traits — traits that aren't actually encoded in DNA, but rather arise following certain experiences — are somehow being passed down through generations.
  • After the pups of the traumatized male mice were born, scientists monitored their behavior. As expected, these pups showed the same symptoms of trauma that their fathers did, despite having never undergone traumatic events themselves. And these symptoms were even apparent in a third generation of mice.
  • When researchers looked at the sperm of the traumatized mice, they discovered that the microRNAs in these sperm cells were also present in abnormally high numbers. "This means that germ cells — sperm in males and oocytes in females — are very sensitive to environmental conditions in early life," Mansuy says, "and early childhood trauma has consequences not only for the brain but also for the germ cell line
    An interesting article on how trauma may be handed down but not by psychological transference nor DNA but by some other means of physiology. In other words, it is neither handed down from environment nor DNA. 
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