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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) Center for Ethnic Psychological Research and Application (CEPRA) is training North Florida citizens and organizations to possess skills that are in high demand across the nation in the wake of recent tragedies.
The mission of the Center is to promote mental wellness, enhance mental health literacy, and improve overall behavioral/mental health for all individuals with special emphasis on African-American and underserved populations. The Center is a part of the Department of Psychology and is housed in the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities.
Under the Center’s leadership, FAMU now offers the Mental Health First Aid Course and the Youth Mental Health First Aid Course. Mental health first aid is the assistance an adult provides for another adult who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and youth mental health first aid is the assistance an adult gives a young person who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants taking each course receive a certificate following the eight-hour training.
The Center recently completed trainings with representatives from the Gretna Police Department, the City of Tallahassee, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Florida State University, and Tallahassee Community College. In addition, 23 community members became certified youth mental health first aiders during a training provided by the Center in conjunction with the University’s Annual Imhotep Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference held April 9-11.
According to FAMU professor Jackie Collins Robinson, Ph.D., the Center’s director, the training underscores the need to focus on how communities, families, and children are healing from traumatic experiences and how the healing process should be executed.
“As a society we quickly run to the aid of someone who falls or needs a Band-Aid, but aren’t as quick to respond when someone is in emotional trouble – perhaps because we are less certain about how to help,” said Robinson, a licensed clinical and school psychologist. “We also think it is important to learn first aid skills in case of physical emergencies, but most people are limited in the ability to talk to someone struggling emotionally. The present state of our society is calling us to action to focus on caring for our minds, as well as our bodies.”
The Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health challenge, difficulty with addiction, or is in crisis. Youth mental health first aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people.
The Center is the first organization to provide youth-focused mental health first aid training in Tallahassee. Topics covered during training sessions include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. In addition to Robinson, FAMU professor Huijun Li, Ph.D., serves as a youth mental health first aid instructor.
“The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, covers risk and protective factors, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a five-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations,” Robinson said.
According to Robinson, the Center’s reach is extending beyond the North Florida region. Last year, Robinson traveled to Ferguson to assist local children and community members to cope with the aftermath surrounding the death of Michael Brown and the Center continues to be called upon to provide training and support to organizations around the nation.
“FAMU’s historic mandate is to provide research, service, and extension to better our communities,” Robinson said. “The Center is a great representation of how the University excels in executing its mission to advance knowledge, resolve complex issues, and empower citizens.”
Even when airplane cabins aren't filled with wailing babies, safety announcements and flight details, they are still pretty noisy places due to sounds and vibrations from jet engines. However, a new rubber membrane could make plane cabins significantly more peaceful.
Plane cabins are currently insulated with a strong, light honeycombed material. While it's great at keeping weight down -- and therefore, fuel economy up -- it's not so great at blocking sound.
North Carolina State University and MIT researchers, whose work was detailed last week in Applied Physics Letters, figured out that by putting a rubber membrane measuring 0.25 mm thick (about 0.01 inches) on the honeycomb, they could bounce up to 1,000 times more sound waves away from the cabin than is currently possible. The membrane is particularly effective at eliminating low-frequency noises, like those that come from the plane's massive engines.
While that seems like a no-brainer to any frequent flier, airlines might not be so quick to adapt the material. A major hurdle is that the membrane adds 6 percent to the overall weight of the plane, which would then raise fuel costs. However, Yun Jing, an acoustician at North Carolina State University who helped develop the membrane method, told Scientific American that a compromise might be possible. A thinner membrane would add just a few percentage points in weight, while still offering significant sound reduction.
Such a solution might actually be even more beneficial, as Jing said some people find engine noise comforting. "Some people say they actually want to hear the sound of the engine," he told Scientific American. "They don't want the cabin to be too quiet. They want to make sure the plane is still flying."
And don't forget, a little engine noise helps drown out the wail from that crying baby in row 15.
Some scientists just can't stop threatening people with knives and rubber mallets. But it's not out of sadism (we hope). Fear can be a vivid indicator of who, or rather where, you think you are.
A team of researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet has been investigating how our brains orient us in space and help us navigate through the world, with fascinating implications for questions of identity and empathy. First they gave participants the illusion of inhabiting an invisible body, so that people felt an actual physical sensation when an empty space was touched and responded with fear when that empty space was threatened. Now, in research published this week in the journal Current Biology, the researchers have gone on to body-swapping.
To create the illusion of inhabiting someone else's body, the researchers had test subjects lie down in a functional MRI machine wearing a head-mounted display that showed the perspective of someone lying on a table elsewhere in the room, from which that person could see the test subject. It would be like looking at a close-up TV screen of someone sitting in a chair in your living room watching you lie on the couch. The MRI machine monitored the subjects' brain activity.
To conjure up the sensation that the person in the machine was in the other person's body, the scientists then touched the two bodies at the same time in the exact same places.
"In a matter of seconds, the brain merges the sensation of touch and visual input from the new perspective, resulting in the illusion of owning the stranger's body and being located in that body's position in the room, outside the participant's physical body," graduate student Arvid Guterstam, lead author of the paper, said in a statement this week.
In other words, when both bodies were touched, the person in the MRI machine felt that he was in the body that he could see being touched, which was the one lying outside the machine. To further test the illusion, the researchers did the same thing they did in the invisibility experiment -- they threatened the body outside of the machine with a knife. The knife threat led to increased skin sweating and levels of neural activity in fear centers of the brain during periods when the illusion was experienced compared to when it was broken, "suggesting that the brain interpreted the stranger's body as one's own," say the researchers in the comments on a YouTube video that shows a simulation of the experiment.
When they then pretended to attack the person in the machine with a rubber sledgehammer, the results showed a calmer reaction, which led the researchers to conclude that the subject felt as though the attack was happening to someone else in the room, even though it was, in fact, happening to him.
When the bodies outside the machine were moved to a different position in the room, scientists could watch the out-of-body sensations change by monitoring the brain in a functional MRI machine.
Why does all this happen? While the process by which our brains act like super-advanced GPS systems is still not fully understood, in 2014 a different group of researchers was awarded the Nobel Prize for figuring out the role certain neurons known as "place cells" play in guiding us around (PDF).
Guterstam and his team were able to give their test subjects the illusion of being located in several different spots in the room, and used the MRI to watch as different areas of the brain lit up corresponding to the location where the other body was placed. The team found out that certain sections of the brain -- including the hippocampus where place cells dwell -- were responsible for the sense of self-location, while other sections controlled the sense of body ownership. The interplay between the areas was found to be handled by a part of the brain known as the posterior cingulate cortex.
"This finding is particularly interesting because it indicates that place cells are not only involved in navigation and memory encoding, but are also important for generating the conscious experience of one's body in space," said principal investigator Henrik Ehrsson, professor at the Karolinska Institutet's Department of Neuroscience.
Say you snap a photo for Instagram and the colors aren't quite as impressive as you wanted — and not even filters are helping. In the past, you might have abandoned the photo, but now there's a new possible solution.
Instagram on Tuesday began rolling out a new color tool, which lets you tint the highlights or shadows in your photo with different colors. You can choose from yellow, orange, red, pink, blue, purple, cyan, or green.
In its example images, Instagram shows how you can enhance an otherwise lackluster sunset photo, making the sky look more red or giving the landscape a purpleish tint.
Besides that, Instagram is also getting a new fade tool, which lets you "bring a quiet tone to your photos by softening colors" — perfect for when you want to convey a sort of melancholy or vintage look.
Fade and color are available now on Instagram for Android (version 6.19.0) and should arrive on iOS "in a few days," Instagram said.
And that's not all. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app is also adding a new feature called Post Notifications, which aims to help you keep track of your favorite Instagrammers. The optional setting lets you to receive notifications when specific people you follow post to Instagram, so you never miss a photo from your favorites.
To enable the notifications, navigate to a friend's profile and tap the three dots in the top right corner. From there, you'll see an option to "Turn on Post Notifications." This feature is available today on Android and iOS.
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