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How The Brain Benefits From Musical Training

The studies suggest society should “re-examine the role of music in shaping individual development,” and schools should consider boosting efforts to incorporate musical training into the curriculum, the researchers say.(…)

Studies show children with musical training have more neural activity in response to changes in pitch during speech than those without such training. (…) Musically trained children have better vocabularies and reading abilities than children who don’t have this musical education. The musically trained may also fare better when learning a foreign language.


The Effect of Higher Education on Police Behavior

"Despite repeated calls for a college education requirement, few agencies have
instituted such a policy. In fact, only 1% of local police departments in the United States require a 4-year college degree. (…) The results of the analysis indicate that higher education carries no influence over the probability of an arrest or search occurring in a police– suspect encounter. College education does, however, significantly reduce the likelihood of force occurring.”

news of non-violent offenders clogging state prisons shocks those living in caves

"Pennsylvania has more than 400 inmates sentenced as juveniles to life without parole, a number more than in any other state. Why? In 1979 a referendum requiring a unanimous decision rather than a majority of the five members of the Parole Board increased the life-without-parole population. This ruling has resulted in some nonviolent inmates incarcerated for decades at a cost of millions.

It also dismisses the scientific facts shown by high tech brain scans (PET) that the pre-frontal area of the brain responsible for judgment, decision making and control of impulses is not fully developed until the mid-20s. Studies show that the majority of violent youth grow out of anti-social behavior upon maturing.” (via.)

There’s more…. “In contrast, New York’s inmate population has decreased by 13 percent. New York officials are considering closing one or more prisons. This is attributed to alternative sentencing, intensive drug treatment, and mental health programs.

monkeyfrog:

My passion, let me show you it.
Just to be clear, the 12 percent on the right is the category you need to be in to sort out the healthcare system, and find and understand information about your health issues in order to manage them properly.
As in, I can Google rheumatoid arthritis, read articles written for laymen about it, understand enough to make decisions about my diet, activity, medication administration and other management of my care. That’s what only 12 percent of the population of the US can do.
Why? Because we don’t teach anyone what they need to know when they are in school, and then we talk to them in medical doublespeak once they’re adults. It’s like some kind of shitty joke. It makes me frustrated and that’s why even though I get irritated sometimes, I would rather spend an entire day explaining that urine does not come from your vagina than just walk away and shake my head.
It’s fucking important.
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monkeyfrog:

My passion, let me show you it.

Just to be clear, the 12 percent on the right is the category you need to be in to sort out the healthcare system, and find and understand information about your health issues in order to manage them properly.

As in, I can Google rheumatoid arthritis, read articles written for laymen about it, understand enough to make decisions about my diet, activity, medication administration and other management of my care. That’s what only 12 percent of the population of the US can do.

Why? Because we don’t teach anyone what they need to know when they are in school, and then we talk to them in medical doublespeak once they’re adults. It’s like some kind of shitty joke. It makes me frustrated and that’s why even though I get irritated sometimes, I would rather spend an entire day explaining that urine does not come from your vagina than just walk away and shake my head.

It’s fucking important.

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