Associated Press:They’re often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they’re still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today’s youth are often more skeptical of the country’s institutions than the young generations that preceded them.The Millennials also are as mistrusting of other people as the gloomy “slackers” of Generation X were 20 years ago — or even more so.Jean Twenge, lead author of the study that will be published early this month in the online edition of the journal Psychological Science, says the current atmosphere — fed by the Great Recession, mass shootings, and everything from church sex abuse scandals and racial strife to the endless parade of publicly shamed politicians, athletes and celebrities — may help explain why this young generation’s trust levels hit an all-time low in 2012, the most recent data available.In the mid-1970s, when baby boomers were coming of age, about a third of high school seniors agreed that “most people can be trusted.”Read the whole story: Associated Press
Share on Twitter Pinterest Share on Facebook Email Scientific research — and a mountain of anecdotal evidence — already established that MDMA elicits pro-social feelings, such as compassion and a sense of connection with others. This new study suggests that those pro-social feelings can also be directed at oneself.The study by Sunjeev K. Kamboj and his colleagues investigated whether MDMA could enhance Compassion-Focused Therapy. The creator of this relatively new form of psychotherapy, British clinical psychologist Paul Gilbert, described it as “an integrated and multimodal approach that draws from evolutionary, social, developmental and Buddhist psychology, and neuroscience” in a 2009 paper.In the study, twenty recreational MDMA users participated in psychotherapy sessions on two occasions — once having consumed MDMA and once having not consumed it. During the sessions, the participants listened to three guided compassionate imaginary exercises through headphones for about 18 minutes. The exercises were designed to direct compassionate feelings towards the self by having participants imagine the “ideal compassionate being” and then imagine themselves interacting with it.The researchers found that self-criticism dropped by 10 points on average after the compassionate imaginary exercises. But the use of MDMA appeared to double the effectiveness of the exercises. The researchers found a 21-point decrease when the exercises occurred after MDMA use.The use of MDMA also appeared to be particularly effective for participants who scored high on measures of attachment avoidance. These are people who do not feel comfortable being “close” with another person. Attachment avoidance refers to an emotional withdraw from relationships to avoid frustration and disappointment.“The unique subjective and interpersonal-affiliative effects of ecstasy seem to be accompanied by a facilitation of positive intrapersonal relating, potentially allowing individuals who typically attempt to ward off compassionate feelings to apprehend the hated, feared or wounded parts of the personality with gentleness and understanding,” Kamboj and his colleagues wrote. “This type of approach-motivation towards enfeebled aspects of the self simply mirrors intentional empathic behaviour between individuals, directed at relieving another’s suffering.”Due to the study’s limitations, however, the researchers warn they “cannot yet claim that our findings are a strong basis for supporting the combined therapeutic use of MDMA and compassion-focused psychotherapeutic procedures.” They hope to follow-up on their research with well-controlled, randomized, double-blind trials — if the government allows it. MDMA or “ecstasy” can help reduce self-criticism and increased self-compassion, according to preliminary research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. The findings demonstrate how the outlawed club drug could potentially be helpful in the treatment of psychological disorders when combined with other forms of therapy.Self-criticism is a normal part of the human experience — but sometimes criticizing oneself can get out of hand. Excessive self-criticism is feature of a number of psychological disorders, the United Kingdom researchers note in their study, including eating disorders, depression, social anxiety, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.“Finding effective ways of dealing with self-criticism therefore remains a priority for psychiatry and clinical psychology,” the researchers said. “Various lines of research support the use of self-compassion-enhancing strategies to overcome the effects of self-criticism. Yet, for some individuals the initial experience of self-compassion, even in therapeutic settings, can be challenging.” Share LinkedIn
A planar-type SiC-MOSFET in which electrons conduct away from the SiC interface to around several nano meters was fabricated to confirm the impact of the charges. As a result, Mitsubishi Electric and the University of Tokyo achieved an unprecedented confirmation that the roughness of the SiC interface has little effect while charges under the SiC interface and atomic vibration are dominant factors.Compared with a previous planar-type SiC-MOSFET device, resistance was reduced by two thirds owing to suppression of electron scattering, which was achieved by making the electrons conduct away from the charges under the SiC interface. The previous planar-type device used for comparison has the same interface structure as that of the SiC-MOSFET fabricated by Mitsubishi Electric.Power equipment used in home electronics, industrial machinery, trains, etc. requires a combination of maximized efficiency and minimized size. Mitsubishi Electric is accelerating use of SiC power semiconductor devices for power semiconductor modules, which are key components in power equipment. SiC power semiconductor devices offer lower resistance than conventional Si power semiconductor devices, so to further lower their resistance it is important to understand the characteristics of the resistance under the SiC interface correctly. Until now, however, it had been difficult to separately measure resistance-limiting factors that determine electron scattering. Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the University of Tokyo believe they have become the first to quantify the impacts of three electron-scattering mechanisms for determining the resistance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductor devices in power semiconductor modules. They have found that resistance under the SiC interface can be reduced by two-thirds by suppressing electron scattering by the charges, a discovery that is expected to help reduce energy consumption in power equipment by lowering the resistance of SiC power semiconductors.Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric will continue refining the design and specifications of its SiC metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (SiC MOSFET) to further lower the resistance of SiC power semiconductor devices. This research achievement was initially announced at The International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM2017) in San Francisco, California.The impact that charges and atomic vibration have on electron scattering under the SiC interface was revealed to be dominant in Mitsubishi Electric’s analyses of fabricated devices. Electron scattering focusing on atomic vibration was measured using technology from the University of Tokyo. Although it has been recognized that electron scatting under the SiC interface is limited by three factors, namely, the roughness of the SiC interface, the charges under the SiC interface and the atomic vibration, the contribution of each factor had been unclear.
JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – It’s Game Day for the Campbell County Cougars. The 9th version of Justin Price’s Cougars kicks-off at home tonight against Cocke County.TOP PHOTOS: Devlin Dukes catches Michael Brown’s long snap as Thomas Johnson kicks. Johnson’s 25-yard field goal, that was good, was the last play of the day as the Cougars headed to the locker room as rain moved in.Though we may not know if the head coach Justin Price will coach his team on the field tonight until later today as he continues to be with his son, Jackson, who was diagnosed with leukemia last week, he has a back up plan. If he is not able to make it, his twin brother Matt will fill in.Be prepared for rain tonight on The Hill as CCHS plays CCHS as the Cougars open their 2019 season at home against the Cocke County Fighting Cocks, out of Newport, on Fri., Aug. 23. Kickoff is 7:30 pm with live radio, television and internet coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network beginning at 7 pm. Les Martin, the Voice of the Cougars, and Brent Allen bring you the action. Martin returns for his ninth season behind the mic. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/23/2019-6AM) Share this:FacebookTwitter
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