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7321  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Worrying about your loss of memory makes it worse! on: April 23, 2009, 02:42:48 PM
Live Science

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In this study and previous ones, performance by seniors on standard memory tests, such as recalling a list of words, fell 10 to 15 percent when thoughts of the negative stereotypes were activated, Hess told LiveScience.

"The assumption is that they are aware of the negative stereotype," he said in an email interview. "They may not necessarily buy into it, but the simple concern that they themselves might be stereotyped by others is thought to lead to the sorts of effects we observed as the individual becomes concerned about their performance, which may then have negative effects on behavior."

Study participants between the ages of 60 and 70 suffered more when these negative stereotypes were activated than seniors who were between the ages of 71 and 82. And the negative effects were strongest for those older adults with the highest levels of education.
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"Another common problem with negative stereotypes about memory is that they may lead older adults to shy away from situations that require use of their memory skills," he said. "There is emerging evidence that continuing cognitive activity in later life is beneficial in supporting cognitive functioning. If negative stereotypes prevent older adults from using their memory skills, such skills may be adversely affected through disuse."
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"This research has specifically to do with the impact of stereotypes," Hess explained. "It does not deny that aging has negative impacts on memory, but it does suggest that there may be certain social factors that may negatively affect performance beyond what might be expected by the normal effects of aging."

I've also seen other articles that this type of negative image had an impact on all levels of adults when applied to tests such as math and analytical skills.  Turns out your parents were right.  Having a poor attitude is a self-fulfilling prophecy.   nod
7322  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ridley Scott does Robin Hood on: April 23, 2009, 02:28:26 PM
Voiced by none other than Roger Miller of King of the Road fame and source of the music used for the Hamster Dance.
7323  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you remember the first time? on: April 23, 2009, 02:25:29 PM
It really all started for me with my C-64, modem, and BBSes.  Once we went PC, it was AOL and Gopher.  I recall using the university systems with a text-based browser thumbsdown  
7324  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 23, 2009, 04:47:50 AM
Purge.
7325  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 23, 2009, 12:17:16 AM
Yay! 

I learned a lot as a kid from Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.  It's almost like a choose your own adventure book of chess.  You read it the correct way with scenarios laid out and questions as to the appropriate move, turn the page to see the answer, then flip the book and do it again going back upside down!
7326  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 22, 2009, 09:31:55 PM
I saw recent information that the translation was more equated to "Thou shalt not murder," which would absolve soldiers and any person acting in defense of self or others.

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The Old Testament's examples of killings sanctioned by God are often cited in defense of the view that "murder" is a more accurate translation. Additionally, the Hebrew word for "kill" is הרג (harog), while the Hebrew word for "murder" is רצח (retzach), which is found in the Ten Commandments לא תרצח (lo tirtzach).  In the fullness of the Old Testament Exodus 20:13 is abundantly evidenced as prohibiting unjust killing, rather than a universal injunction against all killing, as retzach is never used in reference to the slaying of animals, nor the taking of life in war, while its most frequent use is in reference to involuntary manslaughter and secondarily for murderers.
7327  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 22, 2009, 09:03:37 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 10, 2009, 03:11:23 PM

Come play chess with me!  You already know my tag.
Seriously?  We have no chess fans around here?  Or is it me?   tear
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you REALLY believe that extraterrestrial life has visited Earth? on: April 22, 2009, 07:02:40 PM
Would this be the same military-industrial complex that can't keep contracts from being cancelled?
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band LEGO? on: April 22, 2009, 02:30:42 PM
I want the export code to be for RB2 so I can play EVERYTHING in LEGO Vision!
7330  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Eve Online - GT+OO Corporation (Naming?) on: April 22, 2009, 12:31:19 AM
Well, I've decided to give this a try.  Isgrimnur Outlander is out and running around on newbie missions.
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 06:51:29 PM
biggrin
7332  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Google Ads are uncanny... on: April 21, 2009, 06:04:27 PM
I went to PeteRock's profile to see if I had missed any of his entertaining musings.  The top ad box had several ads, most of them under the topics of:

  • Stop neighbor's dog barking
  • Neighbor complaint letter
  • Is your HOA company ignoring you?

While none of the top page of his posts have been about these topics, they certainly have been on his mind in the recent past.  Makes me almost afraid to see what some of the other members ads are pulling up...   paranoid
7333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 05:52:55 PM
Not to mention that you don't have the original God of War anymore... 
7334  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2009, 04:04:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2009, 03:14:56 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 21, 2009, 03:06:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2009, 02:57:55 PM

shouldn't Anakin be in the Judas spot?
I only see characters from the original films.  And I think a lot more people would want to put Lucas in the Judas seat.
Anakin was in the original films.

Yeah, okay.  But he didn't betray Luke, so he's really not appropriate for the Judas spot in that painting.  Lando would be more appropriate in this picture. 

Is that supposed to be Wedge above Lucas?
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 21, 2009, 03:06:02 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 21, 2009, 02:57:55 PM

shouldn't Anakin be in the Judas spot?
I only see characters from the original films.  And I think a lot more people would want to put Lucas in the Judas seat.
7336  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game of the Month Club: May 2009 Game Voting on: April 21, 2009, 02:59:47 PM
I'd be in for God of War.
7337  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do ice cubes stick and shatter in the tray... on: April 20, 2009, 08:21:05 PM
My sister's house has is a 2-story + basement.  To get their inline working, my Dad installed a pass-through filter in the basement and drilled a hole in the kitchen floor to pass the tube up to get it to the freezer. 

I just don't think you guys are trying hard enough.  icon_wink
7338  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do ice cubes stick and shatter in the tray... on: April 20, 2009, 07:36:59 PM
That's asking a lot.  Even The Fabulous One™ doesn't have one of those.
7339  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why do ice cubes stick and shatter in the tray... on: April 20, 2009, 07:21:05 PM
You can always run hot water over the bottom to loosen the cubes, but this may result in them freezing together once they go into the tray.  I've also hears that an application of cooking spray will help.  But they you have fatty ice cubes.

There are silicone ice trays now that supposedly don't have this problem. 
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: the New Star Trek Crew + latest trailer! on: April 20, 2009, 04:09:42 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on April 20, 2009, 03:15:08 AM

I have no idea what the hell that is saying.
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2009 on: April 20, 2009, 03:57:09 AM
Assassin's Apprentice

A much different book than the title suggests.  It was free for the Kindle app for my iPhone.  It was an excellent read and kept me reading past my bedtime on several nights.  It's certainly not as bloodthirsty as the title suggests.  It certainly was a good enough read to sell me the second book through the same method for $6.39, 20% off the paperback price.
7342  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 19, 2009, 04:47:37 AM
How about a dead Norwegian Blue?
7343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Recently Learned C++? on: April 18, 2009, 04:37:21 AM

Quote from: Brendan on April 18, 2009, 04:33:55 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 18, 2009, 01:18:45 AM

Thanks for the nightmares, Koz.  I had almost blocked out the COBOL/JCL/CICS semesters I had to take in college... in the late 90s.

I was in the first C class at my school - up until that point, it was all Ada.  Pretty awesome if you want to go into Air Traffic Control software.  Not so much if you want a job.

We were all told that JC Penney still used it.  Not that any of us really wanted to go work for them, but there still jobs... Roll Eyes
7344  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Apparently 4 months is the breaking point for Gov. Rick Perry... on: April 18, 2009, 01:23:32 AM
Did you get a PM about that?   saywhat  
7345  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Recently Learned C++? on: April 18, 2009, 01:18:45 AM
Thanks for the nightmares, Koz.  I had almost blocked out the COBOL/JCL/CICS semesters I had to take in college... in the late 90s.
7346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 04/17/09 on: April 17, 2009, 09:48:06 PM
Far Cry 2, maybe some RttS on MLB 09 The Show.
7347  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Pirates Seize Ship Crewed by Americans on: April 17, 2009, 02:44:01 PM
icon_lol

Current ad: Authentic designs of Pirate and Renaissance shirts
7348  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon MP3 Daily Deal plus various other MP3 deals (keep it updated!) on: April 17, 2009, 02:41:42 PM
No, The Band is performing later. Right now, we're listening to Who.
7349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: April 17, 2009, 03:57:06 AM
It'll be an expensive day to be a Beatles fan.
7350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone Recently Learned C++? on: April 17, 2009, 03:55:44 AM
Javascript isn't too heavy.
7351  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NSFW Round Robin on: April 17, 2009, 03:52:28 AM
Abigail Titmuss

7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: April 16, 2009, 11:19:49 PM
I'm at 0%.  I will be placing it in my 360 momentarily.
7353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamestop Article on: April 16, 2009, 11:17:10 PM
How's that article coming, Zarkon?
7354  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Harper's Island (TV) on: April 16, 2009, 06:24:15 PM
...assuming they don't cancel it six weeks in.   icon_twisted
7355  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Woman w/8 babies..already had 6.... on: April 16, 2009, 06:21:12 PM
Now she's trying to trademark "OctoMom" for her own nefarious purposes.   icon_mad
7356  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Please ban this ad on: April 16, 2009, 03:24:22 PM
The international Muslim Matrimonials site?  Really? 

Not that I have an issue with the religion aspect, but do we really need ads for a mail-order bride service?
7357  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Madden Retires (NFL) on: April 16, 2009, 03:20:50 PM
$20 says that he'll be doing studio commentary a la Lou Holtz when the season gets underway.  
7358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Collectors Edition Games gone mad (Ghostbusters) on: April 16, 2009, 03:05:32 AM
Also note the difference in ratings.
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: April 16, 2009, 02:56:18 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on April 15, 2009, 02:46:40 PM

Is this real box art?  sweet.

I notice the RP rating, so I can assure you in the strictest sense that it's not.  In a less nit-picky vein, I also notice the lack of the Harmonix logo on the Wii boxes.
7360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamestop Article on: April 16, 2009, 12:47:08 AM
*psst*  odometer..   ninja
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