Another lovely test from the BBC (a test from them on fake smile recognition can be found here), about facial memory and recognition.
I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of taking this test, although for God’s sake don’t expect anything spectacular from me (although I am truly spectacular). Facial blindness runs in my family and it takes considerable effort for me to remember the faces of my best friends. Some of whom I have known for years. Hell, it takes me effort to remember my dad’s face and I see him every day.
So yeah. Take the test, and feel free report back to us. And I’ll tell you my results when I get them back.
Edit: To give credit where credit is due, I found the test through the blog of the lovely RI, at A Guide To Humans.
6 Types of Loneliness
There are 6 main types of loneliness:
1. Interpersonal loneliness: This is the result of losing a significant, or intimate, relationship.
2. Social loneliness: This is where a person is on the fringes of a group, excluded from a group, or is actively rejected.
3. Cultural loneliness: This is where a person belongs to a different culture and feels that they don’t fit, or belong, in the new culture.
4. Intellectual loneliness: This is where a person feels intellectually, or educationally, out of synch with their peers, their family or their social group.
5. Psychological loneliness: This is where a person has experienced a trauma that separates them out from others around them. That is, it’s something other people can’t fully understand.
6. Existential or cosmic loneliness: This is an isolating loneliness experienced by a person who is facing death.
Agnes Richter was a German seamstress held as a patient in an insane asylum during the 1890s. During her time there, she densely embroidered her straightjacket with words, undecipherable phrases and drawings which documented her thoughts and feelings throughout her time there. This remarkable object was collected by Hans Prinzhorn, a psychiatrist who ardently collected the artwork of his patients at a Heidelberg psychiatric hospital in the early 20th century.
I’ve been using a mind palace since my teens and never thought it odd until I saw tumblr’s reaction to Sherlock’s use of the technique. A couple days ago I found myself building an extension in order to cram for my philosophy exam the following day and I figured…
Could a brain injury unlock an unknown talent? A look at the phenomenon of the “acquired savant”:
It sounds like science fiction. But the reality may be even more outlandish. Now that scientists understand how savant syndrome occurs, new research is turning to the underlying origins of the special abilities themselves. Most of it remains a mystery — a loose collection of questions more than anything resembling answers. For example, how is it that somebody like Derek Amato, who’d never demonstrated any musical talent before hitting his head at the bottom of a pool, could suddenly handle jazz and classical pieces of astounding complexity without training? How is it that someone can suffer a stroke and wake up later only to discover that their English is tinged with a foreign accent?
I’m such a nerd. :( I just spent the past 20 minutes composing the longest comment on the page for the article in rebuttal to commenters who will probably never see it. I should stick to writing fiction.
250 men and women were asked to draw what these emotions felt like in their bodies. These are the combined results