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Conversational Abilities

Communicative competence also entails knowing how to engage in conversations in appropriate and informative ways. A number of studies have focused on the development of conversational abilities, especially the ability to take turns and maintain the topic of conversation. From the earliest stages children are able to take turns in conversation, following their mothers' utterance with their own, usually, although not always, in a semantically related way. This ability to maintain topic increases during the preschool years and the child is now able to respond to his or her mother by expanding on the information in her utterances. This ability to add new information correlates highly with the child's developing linguistic skills, as measured by MLU, and leads to the ability to maintain a topic over longer chains of conversational turns.

Longterm Memory A Episodic Memory

Early AD Mild memory lapses occur but cause only a few problems for the person. They are often falsely attributed to other factors, such as the effects of normal aging, stress, or depression. Examples are forgetting errands, failing to forward messages, and becoming disorientated in unfamiliar surroundings. Memory of episodes in the near distant past is poor, including memory of conversations with other

Youths Age Gender and Parent Child Play

Games, and encouraged visual, fine motor, and locomotor exploration more with sons than with daughters. Fathers' interactions with daughters were marked by verbal games and social conversation. On the other hand, in an early study of parent-child play interactions, Hoffman (1989) concluded that play may be related to parents' employment status, particularly that of mothers. According to Hoffman, studies have shown that employed mothers engaged in more actively stimulating play with their infants than did their husbands or nonemployed mothers.

Attention To Tasks A Performing Multiple Tasks Simultaneously

In addition to coordinating the processing of sensory stimuli, attention must participate in the coordination of tasks. There are many situations in which humans must perform multiple tasks concurrently, as such having a conversation while driving. Performance is impaired when multiple tasks are performed concurrently, even when the tasks are highly practiced, as with driving and speaking. Attentional processes may be involved in selecting an individual task for current behavior, with a cost in performance occurring when attention is either divided or switched between multiple tasks.

Empirical Studies

Comparison of the effectiveness of assertion training in different studies is often hampered by the use of different criteria for selection of subjects, different training programs, and different criteria for evaluating progress. Evaluation is sometimes limited to changes in self-report or role-play measures, leaving the question unanswered as to whether beneficial changes occur in real life. Altering behavior in one kind of situation such as refusing requests, does not necessarily result in changes in behavior in other kinds of situations such as initiating conversations. Package programs may be used leaving the question What are the effective ingredients of assertion training unanswered. Use of package programs may also be a waste of time and effort in including unneeded components. Use of global self-report

Gender and Genre in Egalitarian Societies

In societies that have traditionally been called egalitarian by anthropologists, men and women often have their own distinct social spheres. Participation in culturally central rituals and concomitant verbal genres is often linked to (though not necessarily absolutely determined by) gender. In everyday conversation there were no marked male or female registers among the Kaluli, a small nonstratified society in Papua New Guinea (Schieffelin, 1987). There was some distinction, though, in other verbal genres men tended to tell the two major genres of stories (trickster stories and bird or animal stories), and women performed sung-texted weeping at funerals and on other occasions of profound loss. Both men and women composed songs and dances for exchange and ceremonial contexts, although women composed a more limited number of song types. Finally, women and girls engaged in an interactional routine (known as ElEma which means say like that ) used in the linguistic socialization of...

Gender and Socialization

Caregivers in all societies share the dilemma of how to talk to humans who have not yet mastered language. The ways caregivers solve these dilemmas reflect distinctive cultural attitudes towards children, adults, and parenting. Ochs (1992) argues that the use of different child-rearing strategies shapes, in considerable part, some of the differences in how the social positions of women are understood. Some caregivers accommodate to children (child-centered cultures) others ask children to accommodate to them (adult- or situation-centered cultures). For example, European American middle-class North American caregivers simplify their talk when speaking to young children. They use a smaller vocabulary, shorter sentences, exaggerated intonation, talk more slowly, and repeat themselves often. Before children are able to talk, they may even construct elaborate dialogs in which they take the part of both interlocutors ( You see that squirrel outside Yes, you do You like the squirrel don't...

Leisure Recreation and the Arts

Men of all ages have a fair amount of leisure time, but until women reach old age, most have little time to relax. Men spend much of their leisure time socializing with other men, discussing politics, listening to the radio, and drinking. Women socialize mostly with other women, often in a work context their conversations revolve around their activities and the people in their lives. Older women, with fewer home duties, may use their leisure time for community-oriented activities such as serving on school committees, participating in prayer and dance

Camptosorus rhizophyllus Walking fern

Culture and comments This very unusual species is cultivated with difficulty because of the ever-present threat from slugs and snails. My plant was on a limestone rock, in a container high up on a table, and still it disappeared. The slugs apparently dropped out of the trees. Truly a conversation piece, this fern is not totally impossible. East Coast experts seem to have better luck with it.

Other Cross Sex Relationships

A person's comrade and confidante was expected to be of the same sex. Boys were encouraged to bond with a chum, sharing boys' activities and later adult employments, and girls with a sister or female cousin (English terminology). The only traditional cross-sex familiarity was between potential polygynous spouses, a man and his wife's sisters, between whom lewd joking was obligatory. A man's chum (there is a Blackfoot term for these comrades) might enjoy relaxed conversation with his chum's wife, but this extension of familiarity was not obligatory.

Activation Procedures

Activation procedures, hyperventilation, intermittent photic stimulation and sleep enhance the epileptiform abnormalities and also help to identify seizure precipitating factors. Absence seizures have a special tendency to get precipitated during hyperventilation. The photoparoxysmal response, defined as the occurrence of generalized spike, spike-wave or polyspike wave discharges consistently elicited by intermittent photic stimulation,49 has a high correlation with primary generalized epilepsy.13,50 A proportion of patients with photosensitivity may exhibit a similar EEG response to geometric patterns.13,50 There are some racial differences in the reported prevalence of photoparoxysmal response. In White subjects with epilepsy it varied between 4 to 6 .49-51 A lower prevalence was reported in the African and Asian population with epilepsy, 0.4 to 1.6 .52-54 However, in a recent study from south India, the prevalence was similar to the studies among Whites, 3.5 .55 The wide variations...

Description Of Treatment

Bibliotherapy materials differ in degree of attention given to helping readers to carry out an individualized assessment on which they would base selection of change methods. Some written material encourages readers to gather data (e.g., to observe and record the frequency of behaviors of interest and related circumstances). Data gathered during assessment or self-diagnosis are used to plan change programs. Let's say that a woman reads a self-help book in order to increase enjoyable social contacts. Possible reasons for unsatisfactory social contacts (either in frequency and or kind) include a lack of social skills (e.g., initiating conversations), anxiety (perhaps due to fear of negative evaluation), unrealistic expectations (e.g., I must always succeed. ), poor self-management skills (e.g., in controlling anger following a rejection), and environmental obstacles (e.g., few places to meet people). Written materials differ in the extent to which guidelines help readers to identify how...

Contemporary Treatment Practices

Cognitive-behavioral treatments typically begin with a focus on behavioral components. If necessary, therapists first manage suicidal symptoms. They also seek to increase the child's experience of positive reinforcement through their relationship with the child, activity scheduling and pleasant-events monitoring. The therapist provides positive incentives for the child to engage in adaptive activities, social interaction, and mastery experiences. Therapists may seek to decrease the child's reinforcement for depressive symptoms (e.g., ignore non-life-threatening depressive behaviors such as whining). Therapists also increase the child's use of self-reinforcement (e.g., pleasurable activities or self-praise) for engaging in adaptive behavior. If skill deficits exist, the therapist teaches skills (e.g., social skills, problem solving) that will help the child receive more positive reinforcement from the environment. Social skills training approaches have frequently been implemented in a...

The Bangor Dyslexia Test II

Some of the responses which were scored as 'zero' were of the sort that might be thought insignificant in ordinary conversation, for example asking for the question to be repeated. It is possible that in the early stages of the research I missed their significance. Later I appreciated that if you have a memory problem you may well lose track of what has been said and ask for it to be repeated, or possibly you may try to keep track of what has been said by repeating it to yourself subvocally. A memory weakness of this kind is clearly an important diagnostic indicator.

Perceptual consequences of integrating multiple sensory cues

For most of us the examples given above are hardly daily occurrences. However, we all engage in daily conversation, and the effect of discordant visual and auditory cues creates impressive auditory-visual illusions in these circumstances as well. An example of such an illusion is the McGurk effect (McGurk and MacDonald, 1976). In this study, naive subjects who were presented with the sounds ba-ba, but who saw the mouth form ga-ga, reported the perception of neither the former nor the latter, but da-da, a synthesis of the two.

Socialization of Boys and Girls

A long life celebration ritual for 100-day-old infants, regardless of gender, is practiced in the countryside. In this ritual close female kin gather together for food and conversation that ends with them lifting the infant through a large circular loaf of bread (mantou) calling out as they do so Have a long life. In northern China, some mothers might prepare an ordinary dish of noodles in which an extra long noodle is placed to signify have a long life. This event is private and only the mother and father are present. Today individual birthdays, especially in the urban areas, are increasingly celebrated in the home or in upmarket public restaurants. In place of kin there are now classmates, and family friends are the primary people invited to attend the event.

Parental and Other Caretaker Roles

There are gender differences in parent-child caretaking styles. For example, women typically hold a child close to their body, while men hold the child away from their body. Mothers and fathers also differed in their degree of patience toward a stubborn child who refuses to move. Mothers waited twice as long before picking up a recalcitrant child. Men and women also differ in their style of walking with their child. Women rarely walked ahead of the child, while men did. The style of conversation also differs between mothers and fathers. If a mother holds the child she rarely talks to it, but as soon as she starts walking, she breaks into a continuous mode of verbal coaching and patter (this pattern is less common in southwest China). The mother cares for a sick child, dresses the child for school, and scolds the child when he or she misbehaves. The father remains somewhat aloof

The cases of companies D and F

Two medical directors of major international companies were discussing, over a gin and tonic, the cost of clinical pharmacology in contract research establishments in the UK. As is often the case, both were talking from recent examples and the conversation progressed to discussion of the design of the studies.

Toward a Useful Jurisprudence

Accordingly, by refusing to duck the corrosive consequences of a thoroughgoing pragmatism, the radical version ensures that what amounts to a useful politics or jurisprudence is opened up to the widest range of possible options and, what is most important, to the widest range of participants. By giving the idea of social practices a more political than ethical spin, it brings the operation of power into the center of debate consensus (and, therefore, standards of persuasion and justification) can as easily be treated as imposed as much as chosen. Careful not to slip back into a discredited version of ideological suffocation, such a radical pragmatism can thereby work toward ensuring that those voices presently left out of democracy's sustaining conversation are included and able to articulate for themselves

Courtship and Marriage Courtship

At night, single males circulated through the village trying to engage girls in conversations whispered through the bamboo or loose board walls of the girls' bedrooms. Visits by a boy to a particular girl could become frequent and gradually more intimate. The boy might try to

Denial of Ownership of Limbs and Supernumerary Limbs

I had a conversation with a woman suffering from left-sided hemiplegia, hemianesthesia, and partly recovered hemineglect. During the conversation she recognized her plegic left arm perfectly, but she related an unusual procedure happening to her each night. When preparing her for the night, the nurses would place a strange and lifeless left arm into her bed and ask her to take good care of it. She presumed this to be some new kind of therapy for strengthening her lesioned brain. When asked where her own left arm remained during the night, she guessed that it had always been placed as it should be.'' She then described a weird experience that she had the very last night When grasping the strange arm with her right hand, she felt tension in her left shoulder. She concluded that during that night the nurses must have

Conducting A Family Interview

Lynch (1998) noted that when working through interpreters, it is important to speak and look directly at the family members and not at the interpreter. Although it is ideal to have the involvement of bilingual staff members, as well as to be bilingual oneself, this, too, is not free of issues. Within each culture there are perceptions of caste so that the professional, even if speaking the same language, is not necessarily perceived as existing within the same cultural frame of reference as the family members. In addition, there is great diversity within any subgroup, so that to be viewed as Latino, for example, can mean so many different things, not the least of which is the family's country of origin, ranging from Europe, to Central America, to South America, to the United States. The implication is that although it is helpful to be able to communicate in the same language as the family members, there are still a number of other issues of cultural boundaries that may not have...

Abby Wyckoff Food Stylist

Writing a book can be both work and fun. In this instance, it was more of the latter. The book began as the vision of Mr. David H. Murdock, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dole Food Company, Inc. Mr. Murdock and his colleagues at Dole have long been advocates of good nutrition. The editors and Mr. Murdock began with a series of conversations as to how the book should be organized and whether such a book would add anything to the large number of books already

Graded in Vivo Exposure

Sometimes it is necessary to develop more than one hierarchy to reduce all the patient's fears. For a person with generalized social phobia, a patient might work through a public speaking hierarchy, a hierarchy of situations involving one-to-one conversations with people of the opposite sex, and a hierarchy involving asserting oneself to authority figures. The disadvantage of graded in vivo exposure is that it is slower than the more intensive flooding method. The advantage of graded exposure is that it teaches patients a skill for overcoming their phobias in a simple, step-by-step fashion. By progressively working up a hierarchy, patients can overcome their phobias gradually, without enduring extreme fear or distress. After a formal course of therapy ends, patients can continue to devise hierarchies on their own for overcoming any remaining fears.

Personality Differences by Gender

From the perspective of non-Igbos, Igbo people, both men and women, have outgoing, even boisterous, personalities. Compared with many other ethnic groups in Nigeria, Igbos appear to be aggressive and outspoken, but also welcoming and gregarious. To a first-time observer, Igbo conversations often sound like arguments, and both men and women are quick to defend themselves against perceived slights. While it is certainly the case that children are supposed to be deferential to adults, and juniors respectful to elders throughout the life-course (regardless of gender), Igbo adults of any age are usually prepared to do verbal battle with someone they believe has failed to accord them appropriate respect or recognition. Within Igbo society, women are expected to be more deferential to men than vice versa, but the extent of this deference is variable and often minimal. It is not uncommon for Igbo women to verbally chastise Igbo men, and men often joke about what a mistake it is to vex women....

Changing Cognitive Processes

Indirect suggestions for changing cognitive processes are more difficult to describe. Essentially, they involve implanting suggestions for change or new ways of thinking about a problem via metaphor and allusion. These suggestions are often embedded in a natural flow of conversation and may refer to common experiences encountered by most people as a way of suggesting change. They may also make use of divided consciousness, where the suggestions are directed to the unconscious mind (a metaphor) while the conscious mind (also a metaphor) is instructed to occupy itself elsewhere. A truncated example (adapted from Dowd, 2000) for a depressed woman who overgeneralized and used selective abstraction is

Tips for Dancing During the First Trimester

Dance as you normally would, but keep a few precautions in mind. Warm up beforehand to prepare your joints and muscles for exercise and to help build up your heart rate slowly. As a general rule, your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute (this number may vary depending on your level of fitness). Adjust the intensity of your dancing according to how you feel. Slow down if you are not able to carry on a conversation comfortably while dancing. Keep your workout impact low by leaving one foot on the floor at all times, substituting marching in place for jumps, or stepping side-to-side. Be aware of the limitations of your body.

Data Collection as Social Exchange

To try to reduce the measurement error caused by changes in the way a question is asked or the context in which it is asked, researchers use a standardized interview format. But this type of standardization can interfere with the quality of the data collected. Two anthropologists analyzed a series of survey interviews videotaped for research purposes by the General Social Survey and the National Health Interview Survey researchers. They wrote that the interview is a standardized procedure that relies on, but also suppresses, crucial elements of ordinary conversation (Suchman and Jordan 1990). The presence of an interviewer and a respondent in a survey interview implies that a conversation between two people will take place, but many of the components of ordinary conversation are not allowed to take place at all. For example, the survey format gives the interviewer all control on speaking and topic, it standardizes the presentation and content of questions by prohibiting redesign of...

Gender over the Life Cycle

Boys and girls are introduced to sexuality in informal ways through friends and relatives, and more recently through global television programs and local print media. Boys often learn about sex by listening to older brothers and cousins talk about such things. Girls are less likely to learn about sex through conversation, and less likely to express an interest in sexuality owing to the cultural emphasis on female sexual modesty. On a girl's wedding day, the girl's sisters-in-law and married friends will take her aside and tell her about sex.

Courtship and Marriage

Everyone is expected to marry after a certain age. In rural areas, those who are unmarried in their late twenties begin to bring shame to their family and those who die before marriage are treated as marginal, if not lesser, human beings in mortuary rites (Du, 2002). Severe chronic health problems were usually associated with the extremely rare cases in which individuals remained unmarried throughout their lives. The most important considerations of marriage choice are physical strength, diligence and working skills, a gentle personality, and a clean family background, especially not being accused of possessing a dangerous spirit called tawr. Most villagers found their own spouses. Typically between the ages of 13 and 16 in the 1990s, and between 15 and 18 prior to the 1980s, Lahu teenagers in rural Lancang started to play with boys or play with girls, activities serving as a prelude to finding a spouse. A traditional courtship ritual is to snatch the headcloth or hat from a member of...

Affective Arousal Theory

This theory in perception psychology, formulated by the American psychologist James Jerome Gibson (1904-1979), states that organisms are given, furnished, provided, or afforded support and resources by the environment so that the individual has an opportunity to behave in a particular manner. For example, the affordances of an edible substance, a smiling face, and a solid surface provide, respectively, the individual with the opportunities to eat, to engage in conversation, and to walk securely across an unfamiliar expanse (cf., B. F. Skinner's notion of discriminative stimuli - environmental stimuli which serve to set the occasion for reinforced responding). See also DIRECT PERCEPTION THEORY SKINNER'S OPERANT CONDITIONING THEORY.

The Settings of Socialization

Girls and boys tend to occupy different locations in space, along with some shared venues (Maccoby, 1998). In general, boys tend to play outdoors and in relatively large groups. When possible, they combine undirected play with their work, for example, interspersing rough-housing and chasing games with tending animals in the fields. Girls are more likely to be found playing with two to three peers in an indoor setting, or assisting inside with household chores, or outside performing errands such as going to the market or getting water or fuel. Girls also spice up their work with fun, especially through conversation, games, or singing. They engage in conversations more readily than boys do, while boys engage in more physical activity (Best & Williams, 1997).

Confidence And Behavior

In order to provide his participants with some ambiguous information, Michael gave them a series of complicated perceptual and intellectual tasks, chosen because pretesting had indicated people could not evaluate their performance on them. The test battery was described as evaluating intellectual ability and creativity. After a brief delay, ostensibly for scoring the tests, he returned and told each person that his or her score was some arbitrary number, such as 114, chosen because pretesting had also indicated that people were uncertain whether this was a good or bad score. Without leaving time for any questions about what the score meant, he then explained, The experiment was actually on the effects of expectation on performance, and you were in the no-expectation control group. Usually we have a confederate administer the expectation, but our confederate has the flu today. Would you be willing to administer the expectation to the next subject, who has to be told what to expect...

Social Developments

During the first few months of life, rapid changes take place. Mothers and their infants begin to interact in a finely tuned way with one another. They synchronize their patterns of eye gaze, movements, and facial expressions of affect in ways that resemble turn-taking patterns in conversations. By the age of 4 months,

Husband Wife Relationship

Harmonious marriages seemed to be relatively common, but it is judged foolish to show love and affection openly. Despite the strict gender division of labor, spouses do spend a great deal time together, taking baths together, or visiting the gardens (places where couples can have some private conversation as well as sexual relations). A couple's hammock positions and the taking of meals (together or separated) reveal the conditions of their relationship. When enraged at her husband, a wife may take a machete and cut down her husband's hammock (Gregor, 1985, p. 28). Various young men complained and planned separation, although one of them already had offspring.

Psychotherapy Technique And Culture

The therapist's ability to listen openly in an empa-thetic, noncritical manner to what the patient is saying and to mutually decide on the goals of the treatment are fundamental to any treatment no matter what the ethnic group. These skills do not come naturally Cross-ethnic psychotherapy must be self-consciously examined and learned. Psychotherapy requires that intimate conversations occur between socially distant individuals. In most cultures, intimate conversation is reserved for close family or acquaintances. Formal, polite, nonrevealing patterns of communication are used in conversations with outsiders. For example, it has been observed that bilingual Hispanic American patients tend to use Spanish at home and English in psychotherapy, even when the psychotherapist is bilingual. The formality of the treatment situation and the standardization of English by therapists enhance these tendencies. The patient in cross-ethnic psychotherapy may therefore establish early transferences...

Integrating and managing the work of the outside agencies

Knowledge acquisition methods can vary from casual conversations to binding contracts. The outside agencies can come into the product development project for a one-off piece of work or they can be advising throughout the PD Process. The usual pattern of short-term contracts consists of

Anatomical segregation of sense modalities in primate cortex

A role for the senses in categorization is evident in conversations which mention the scent of a rose, the sound of an engine, or the look of a stranger. Distinct sense modalities are easily discernible because each encompasses unique qualities not shared with other modalities. The temperature of a thing is given only by touch, and its color only by sight. It may surprise no one to point out that each sense modality tends to fail under circumstances which do not impede other senses. For example, whether the eyes become injured or darkness falls, it is a simple matter to know that visual percepts have diminished without similar changes in other senses. Daily life experience provides repeated encounters with this kind of independence between modalities, making it easy to recognize multiple differences among our senses. In addition, many behavioral acts can be organized according to the principle of separately identifiable senses when about to cross a road, children are admonished to...

Experiential Learning And The Development Of Selfawareness

In addition to learning conceptual models for structuring the content of a psychotherapeutic process, the therapist must learn how to structure and use a relationship for therapeutic purposes. To a casual observer psychotherapy may seem to be like an ordinary conversation. In fact, there is nothing magical about psychotherapy. Although there are predictable and repeated elements of psychotherapeutic relationships, formalized rituals (customary in relationships between individuals involved in religious-based relationships) are generally assessed as unhelpful in psychotherapy. As rituals, they become end points instead of a means to accomplish a specific psychother-apeutic goal. In psychotherapy, the therapist does make particular and purposeful use of an interpersonal relationship.

Finding a teen support network

Networking on the Internet is the one exercise most teens are good at. And sources on endometriosis are available just for teens. The Endometriosis Association ( publishes a quarterly newsletter just for teens and runs a correspondence network to connect teens that have endometriosis. Teens can choose to e-mail, write, or call each other for conversation and commiseration

Beinginthe World Dasein

In Being and Time, Heidegger's objective was to describe the essential features of human life. In the philosophic tradition, man as subject or knower was distinguished from an independent, separate, but knowable, reality. Heidegger, by contrast, begins with the observation that there is no subject or knower in our experience and no independent world apart from what is experienced by us. What there is, rather, is a single, unified knower-known. Put differently, in experiencing, feeling, or thinking, we are absorbed by or into what it is we are experiencing, feeling, or thinking about. For example, when we relate to another person in conversation, we are absorbed in our dialogue. We usually do not pay any attention to the specifics of word choice, syntax, gesture, posture, prosody, appearance, and so on which comprise the interaction. We are involved in the dialogue itself and among the entities which the dialogue is about. This being already among the things of the world is captured by...

Intraoperative Guidelines

When consulted for an intraoperative injury, there is often a sense of urgency to correct an iatrogenic injury immediately. However, in most cases a urologic injury is not life-threatening. One would never perform an elective operation without reviewing the patient's history and we should have the same standards when consulted for an iatrogenic injury. Depending on the situation, a brief conversation with the surgeon of record, a review of the chart, or a conversation with the patient's family maybe appropriate. Knowledge about preoperative renal function or prior pelvic surgery could significantly alter one's reconstructive plans. In order to make the surgical experience as familiar and comfortable as possible, one should order special instruments or re

Postoperative Guidelines

When helping a colleague with an iatrogenic injury, one should be gracious and never accusatory - in the operating room, in the operative dictation, in conversation with the family, and in casual talk with fellow urologists. One should talk with the family immediately after the case, even as a consulting surgeon. Whenever possible it is best to have the surgeon of record alongside you when talking with the family so that a uniform explanation of the circumstances surrounding the injury can be presented. Nothing is gained in the operative dictation by using words such as error , iatrogenic ,

Behavioral Assessment

Behavioral assessment tests (BATs) comprise a systematic way of evaluating behavior in social situations. As applied to SAD, BATs frequently take the form of role-play tasks, and are helpful in observing social skills and anxiety responses (e.g., physiological responses, avoidance behaviors). Ratings of anxiety and thoughts can be recorded to augment information that is provided in self-report questionnaires. Typical situations used in BATs for SAD include conversations with same- or opposite-gender strangers and impromptu speeches. BATs can be standardized to compare performance across individuals or can be individually tailored. There is sufficient evidence for the reliability and validity of social skills ratings obtained from BATs.

Can Predictive Genetic Testing be Beneficial

Though it is generally understood that children do not possess the competence to make medical decisions, the situation is less clear for adolescents. Obviously there is no perfect age that competence can be assumed, nor is there a minimum age at which it can be specified as absent. There are adolescents who are capable of engaging in the informed consent process and making medical decisions for themselves. One would hope that, when possible, the decisions of the parent would encompass conversation with the child or adolescent and involve the minor to whatever degree is appropriate for maturity, interest, and responsibility.

ProM cues must be noticed

Consider the everyday example where the plan is to buy groceries en route home from work. Unforeseen circumstances, such as a colleague asking us for a ride home or a traffic jam, might cause us to choose a route that does not go by the supermarket. Or, if the plan is to give a message to a friend we expect to see at a party, that friend may not attend the party. Being distracted is yet another reason for why we may fail to notice a cue. At the party, we may be engaged in an intense conversation with others and thus never notice our friend.

Germplasmcontinuity Theory

Fluenced by various factors (such as instructions given to human participants). In the context of learning memory, it is emphasized that it is perceptually interpreted objects, not the raw stimuli themselves, that are learned. The law of proximity refers to the tendency for the perceiver to group together elements of a visual or auditory field based on their nearness proximity to one another. The factor of proximity (cf., E. L. Thorndike's principle of belongingness) is used in the communication processes of reading, writing, or talking, as well as with relatively discrete, isolated, neutral, or meaningless stimuli. The law of similarity resemblance states that items similar in respect to some feature (such as color, shape, texture) will tend to be grouped together by the perceiver (cf., law of equality - states that as the several components of a perceptual field become more similar, they will tend to be perceived as a unit). The similarity principle is utilized consistently when a...

Assessment of Behavior

The neurological examination begins with an assessment of the patient's ability to comprehend speech, follow simple instructions, perform complicated cognitive tasks, and perceive and identify sensory stimuli. The patient's spontaneous remarks and movements as well as those made in response to commands are evaluated for any digressions from expected norms of behavior, noting indications of the patient's orientation to person, place, time, and circumstances. Disturbances in mood and affect emerge during conversation. Engaging the patient in a conversation often reveals difficulties with attention if he or she is unable to focus well enough to follow the verbal exchange. Language comprehension is assessed by having the patient repeat simple phrases and follow simple commands. Expressive language is assessed by

Jurisprudential Reading

In a particularly arresting and ambitious essay, Mootz seeks to stake out and colonize this middle ground between the barren conceptualism of legal positivism and the excesses of a postmodern critique. Drawing directly on the work of Gadamer as well as Chaim Perelman to substantiate the claim that natural law philosophy and philosophical hermeneutics have significant points of convergence, he proceeds to propose a defense of legal hermeneutics that is committed to reinvigorating (even if in dramatically new form) the natural law tradition. By this, Mootz intends to portray legal practice as a hermeneutical conversation that contains the conditions and resources for its own legitimate elaboration and critique. Thus, law is both a rationally bounded and politically responsive enterprise in which issues of legal validity and moral acceptability are blended rather than separated. Picking up where Lon Fuller left off and Lloyd Weinreb has recently taken up, Mootz leaves little doubt about...

Gender Related Social Groups

Both men and women belong to a particular social circle of peers. Girls often form friendship circles with cousins and schoolmates. Boys form similar groups. Often these groups of female friends, dugona, or male friends, jura, last into adulthood. Adults in such groups hold a monthly gathering for conversation, gap. The gap gathering fulfills numerous social functions some use it for religious instruction, most for feasting, and many for investment. Gap members contribute money to their host, and each member hosts in succession. Members use this money for business purposes, dowry, or other personal expenses.

Bioethical Implications

Of course, much depends on how the truth is conveyed. Medical jargon that sets forth the facts of the case can actually disempower the ill person. As with Ivan Ilych's doctor, the physician's terms may obliterate the patient's narrative. Moreover, the theater in which this conversation is enacted is the physician's domain. He or she is in a position of power, with privileged knowledge, authority, and professional status (Zaner, 1988). To really understand informed consent these inequalities of power that define the doctor-patient encounter must be understood. In such ways, paying close attention to the experience of health and illness could reshape the current approach to traditional issues of

Section 164501 Definitions

Psychotherapy notes means notes recorded (in any medium) by a health care provider who is a mental health professional documenting or analyzing the contents of conversation during a private counseling session or a group, joint, or family counseling session and that are separated from the rest of the individual's medical record. Psychotherapy notes excludes medication prescription and monitoring, counseling session start and stop times, the modalities and frequencies of treatment furnished, results of clinical tests, and any summary of the following items Diagnosis, functional status, the treatment plan, symptoms, prognosis, and progress to date . . .

Comportment Insight and Judgment

Manifest as socially inappropriate behaviors that suggest an insensitivity to accepted cultural norms. Examples might include making offensive comments, crossing interpersonal boundaries, interrupting during conversation, or failing to attend to personal hygiene. In the context of neuropsychological assessment, insight involves an accurate perception of one's mental and physical condition as well as appreciation of the impact of one's behavior on others. Cognitively impaired individuals often lack one or both of these components of insight. Judgment involves the capacity to perceive and assess one's environment accurately and to make decisions that reflect a sensitivity to preserving the safety and integrity of oneself, one's resources, and one's environment.

Change in Attitudes Beliefs and Practices Regarding Gender

Courtship is more public, and marriage has become more personalized and individualized. Traditional marriage ceremonies are rare events today. Some Yapese opt for a church wedding, but, more commonly, young couples just live together. Yapese women with an education and or job are taking more of an active role in selecting a spouse or making the decision to marry at all. Consequently, the number of female-headed households in Yap has increased greatly during the last few decades. Self-reliant single mothers are on the rise in Yap, and all indications are that their numbers will increase. Brothers and sisters now talk in public, but they still avoid conversations on sexual matters. Traditional kinship terminology is giving way to a kinship system that has been Americanized. Young Yapese boys and girls are unfamiliar with the details of Yapese kin terms and prescribed behaviors associated with them. Old limitations and restrictions placed on Yapese women continue to be lifted, and the...

Symptoms And Classification A The Nature of Communication Behavior

Broca Aphasia Pantommime

The determination of the aphasia syndrome that best fits depends primarily on identification of the characteristics of speech production combined with a judgment of fluency. Speech output that is hesitant, awkward, interrupted, and produced with effort is referred to as nonfluent aphasia, in contrast to speech produced with ease of articulation, at a normal rate, with preserved flow and melody but that may be lacking in coherence, which is referred to as fluent aphasia. Fluencyjudgments are generally derived from an extended conversation with a patient.

Woodwardia orientalis Oriental chain fern

Culture and comments I keep my plant in an unheated greenhouse during the winter, but this is an excellent candidate for warm areas including heated greenhouses. Fronds heavily dressed in buds tend to droop, so basket culture is ideal. Wherever grown, fertile plants are certain to be a conversation piece. Propagation is easily achieved with the buds. Give some away

Lygodium japonicum Japanese climbing fern

Culture and comments The Japanese climbing fern is an easily cultivated conversation piece indoors where it will, however, need a supporting framework. outdoors in cold zones it is self-maintaining, but in warmer areas needs the same attention as those growing indoors. To prevent an unsightly tangle of the old and the new it is essential to cut the old fronds back to the ground in late winter before the new growth takes off in the spring. Give it good composty soil and keep it moist. My plant has been in the same, albeit large, pot for over a dozen years with no fertilizer nor attention other than regular watering and an annual haircut. If the growth has been stunted it is not apparent.

Posthumanism and Anti Posthumanism

Nanotechnology, cloning, cybernetics, and computer technologies are all part of the posthuman vision, which even includes the idea of downloading of synaptic connections in the brain to form a computerized human mind freed of mortal flesh, and thereby immortalized. Posthumanists do not believe that biology is destiny, but rather something to be overcome, for there is, they argue, no natural law, but only human malleability and morphological freedom. Their appeal lies in the fact that, within the boundaries of technology, humans have been reinventing themselves anyway through applied technologies for millennia. Science is moving so rapidly that serious conversation is required to distinguish salutary from destructive transformations.

Fernery Trees Different Items

Blechnum filiforme (threadlike), the thread fern, is a climbing plant with miniature 2- to 6-in. (5- to 15-cm) juvenile fronds romping about indiscriminately, vinelike, in the bush country and on the forest floors in New Zealand. When it encounters a tree, the species continues its opportunistic viney inclination and spirals upward, gaining in girth as it gains in altitude eventually cloaking the entire host tree. The creeping young fronds are sterile. The mature fronds, festooning the treetops, sometimes reach 2 ft. (60 cm) in length. The adult population produces both fertile and sterile fronds with the slender fertile ones being the threads of the common name. This unconventional attraction for Zone 8 and 9 woodlands is a potential conversation piece for fern enthusiasts in the moisture-laden coastal gardens of the Pacific Northwest and even more so along the Gulf Stream-tempered Atlantic rim of the British Isles. The migrating juvenile stems prefer to be rooted in heavy soil, and...

Communicating about Risk Menace and Safety

This work explores what might be done to increase participation and influence of non-experts in such debates. Others ask how different groups use epidemiologic data in conversation, as guides to daily behavior, and as rationales for self-defined states of health or illness. Some have done content analyses of epidemiologic news as reported in the mass media (e.g., Greenberg and Wartenberg 1990). When Bartlett et al. undertook such a study of research published in two British medical journals and two popular newspapers, they discovered that randomized clinical trial designs and results considered to be bad news were less likely to be published in newspapers, as was any kind of research coming from developing countries (2002). Much more needs to be known about how public health data of all kinds are disseminated and circulated within populations, and how different publics perceive epidemiology and epi-demiologic data. How does the power and public image of epidemiology vary between the...

Libby Kumin PhD Cccslp

Children and adolescents with Down syndrome are at high risk for speech and language difficulties based on anatomic, physiological, and cognitive factors (Kumin, 1994, 1999). There is a high incidence of speech and language problems, particularly in the areas of intelligibility of speech and conversational skills. Speech is an overlaid function on the same structures and movements used for the biological functions of respiration, self-regulation, and feeding. Speech is an output system, dependent on well-functioning sensory input systems such as hearing, vision, and touch. Even before the child is speaking, it is possible to work in early intervention on oral motor skills, sensory input and integration skills, and cognitive skills that provide the foundation for speech and language development. As the young child begins to process information from his environment, there are many techniques that can be used in treatment and at home to facilitate speech and language development. In the...

Theoretical Bases

A key assumption behind assertion training is that we often lose out on positive outcomes or suffer negative ones because of ineffective social behavior. For example, we may not get a job that we want because we lack the skills to speak up and present ourselves well in a situation. We may not be effective in meeting friends because we do not initiate conversations. A value stance as well as an intervention strategy is associated with assertion training. It is assumed that people have a right to express their feelings in a manner that subjugates neither others nor themselves, and that well-being includes this expression. Joseph Wolpe and Andrew Salter emphasized the importance of expressing our feelings, both positive and negative, in a way that does not detract from the rights and obligations of others. This applies to the overly reticent as well as to those who are overly aggressive. Those in the former group fail to assert their rights, whereas those in the latter group achieve...

James D Herbert and Kristy Dalrymple

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD also known as Social Phobia) is defined by the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as a marked and persistent fear of social or performance situations in which embarrassment may occur. These situations may include public speaking, eating in public, writing in public, speaking with authority figures, conversations, dating, as well as many others. The fear must be excessive or unreasonable, lead to avoidance and or significant distress, and must interfere with occupational, academic, or social functioning. A cardinal feature of the disorder is fear of negative evaluation by others. Persons with SAD tend to hold negative beliefs about themselves (e.g., thoughts of inadequacy), and engage in excessive self-focus during social interactions.

Treatments Available For Anomia

Naming abilities in aphasics recover over time. Indeed, it appears that there may be slow progressive recovery in the ability to name objects and actions over time even years after the aphasia-producing incident and long after treatment has ended. However, some aphasics who have, according to all aphasia tests, fully recovered from their aphasia, nevertheless report feeling that they cannot always find the words they need in conversation.

Arousal and conscious experience

You have just met a member of the opposite sex, whom you find extremely attractive. This person appears to enjoy your company, compliments your physical attractiveness, and after a few minutes of conversation, suggests that you should meet again, so that you can spend more time together . It becomes obvious that you have both been flirting with each other, and that an intimate acquaintance is a very real possibility.

Time Perception Theorieslaws

The question whether the spatial representation of time reveals time's essential character (or is merely an artifact of humans' cerebral and perceptual mechanisms) is at the heart of the psychology and physics of time. Among the pre-modern and modern views, ideas, and theories of time in philosophy, physics, and psychology are the following notions (with proponents in parentheses) distinctions may be made between time and duration (Scholastics of the Middle Ages, 500-1500) the duration of things that are moved is not different from the duration of things that are not moved (Rene Descartes, 1596-1650) time is a phantasm produced by a body in motion, and time stands for the fact of succession, or before and after in motion (Thomas Hobbes, 1588-1679) time is an imaginary representation wholly without ontological significance (Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677) time is based on the notion of succession that is empirically derived as a result of reflecting on several ideas that are...

Religious Conceptualizations of the Body

Perhaps the most vivid example from the domain of religion that the body is a cultural phenomenon subject to cultural transformations is given in the classic work on New Caledonia by Maurice Leenhardt, the anthropologist and missionary. Leenhardt recounts his discovery of the impact of Christianity on the cosmocentric world of the New Caledonian Canaques via a conversation with an aged indigenous philosopher. Leenhardt suggested that the Europeans had introduced the notion of spirit to the indigenous way of thinking. His interlocutor contradicted him, pointed out that his people had always acted in accord with the spirit. What you've brought us is the body (Leenhardt, p. 164). In brief, the indigenous worldview held that the person was not individuated but was diffused with other persons and things in a unitary sociomythic domain

Pelvic Ultrasound Examination

You will experience no pain or discomfort during the vaginal approach pelvic ultrasound. The ultrasound procedure takes between 15 and 30 minutes. Your doctor will have a conversation with you about the ultrasound examination's findings. You can then work together and plan your next step toward becoming pregnant.

Polypodium formosanum Caterpillar fern

Black Worms That Eat Ferns

Culture and comments Gardeners in Southern California and comparably warm climates can easily introduce this to their collections. it is best displayed as a basket specimen, however, where the crawling collection of greenish caterpillar rhizomes is as interesting as the plant itself. Elsewhere, use it as a cool greenhouse or, on a space-available basis, indoor conversation piece. it is not fussy about soil types and blessedly tolerant of benign neglect.

Companion Animals and Children

Over the years, some reported studies have found that pet ownership appears to decrease depression and improve a healthier morale state. There have been studies indicating that war veterans found pet ownership to be associated with improved morale. Furthermore, Lynette Hart and her associates have reported that service animals appear to stimulate conversations and interactions between the people who used the service animals and those who were just walking by. People with the assistance animals noted that their dogs created social opportunities with people. The dog appears to normalize the environment for the person with a disability and to act as a catalyst for a discussion.

Meningomyelocele Myelomeningocele

Children with meningomyelocele have multiple, complex medical problems due to impairment of nerves at or below the site of the lesion. There is variable impairment of sensory and motor nerves controlling voluntary and autonomic functioning. Associated medical concerns include neurogenic bowel and bladder function, contractures, scoliosis, club feet, hydrocephalus, Chiari II malformation, tethering of the spinal cord, spinal cord syrinx, vesicoureteral reflux, decubitus ulcers, constipation, encopresis, recurrent urinary tract infections, growth failure, latex allergy, gastroesophageal reflux, apnea stridor syndrome, seizures, partial agenesis of the corpus callosum, strabismus, visual acuity impairment, precocious puberty, and osteoporosis. Individuals also may have cognitive impairments. Mild forms of cognitive impairment may affect visual motor functioning. More severe cognitive impairment has been associated with sparing of verbal skills and a cocktail party syndrome, in which the...

Types Of Consequences

Specific types of consequences used in contingency management include tangible and intangible stimuli. Positive tangible consequences include such things as food, money, toys, and privileges, whereas negative tangible consequences include such things as pain or physical discomfort. Positive intangible consequences include such things as attention, sympathy, and social support, whereas negative intangible consequences include such things as emotional deprivation, lack of conversation, or failure to help.

Case Illustration

Michelle had been shy for as long as she could recall. During her adolescent years she was overweight and suffered from bad acne, which bought her ridicule and rejection from schoolmates. As a result of a series of particularly disturbing episodes of teasing during grades 10 through 12, she became increasingly anxious in social settings, including talking in groups and having one-to-one conversations, particularly with members of the opposite sex. Michelle also developed intense fear of eating in public after an episode in which she vomited during lunchtime in the school cafeteria. This appeared to have been the result of influenza combined with the effects of high anxiety. Michelle suffered for many years until she saw a television program describing cognitive-behavior therapy for social phobia. When she presented for treatment, at age 32, her major problems were eating in public, giving oral presentations at work, and initiating and maintaining...

Clinical Ethics Analysis of Case

While this phone conversation was going on Crystal became furious, grabbed a kitchen knife, and brandished it at her mother, who was talking to Dr. Barnes about Crystal on the phone. Crystal then put down the knife and began choking her mother. At Dr. Barnes' recommendation the stepfather called the police they arrived in a patrol car and handcuffed Crystal, drove her to the police station, booked her, and placed her behind bars for the night.

Health Insurers and Randomized Clinical Trials

The issue of health insurers paying for clinical research was being actively discussed as HDC ABMT emerged. The BCBSA found the discussion frustrating as disclosure was difficult on both sides. Sue Gleeson, director of medical and quality management for the BCBSA, who oversaw the development of the association's technology assessment program, recalled a late night discussion with Karen Antman about paying for clinical trials (Gleeson 2002). The question was how to decide what to pay for. What about phase 3 trials Gleeson asked. But you pay for all that anyway, Antman responded, suggesting that these studies were usually buried in existing fee-for-service billings. Why don't you pay for phase 1 and 2 studies Antman asked, pleading for early-stage support. In such conversations, Gleeson said, the BCBSA learned from oncologists that the plans were paying for trials, but the plans could not admit that they were doing so. The plea for early-stage clinical trial support by researchers was...

Unexpected or sudden deterioration

In this case the team needs to do their homework with the referring team and the clinical notes extensively before seeing the patient to satisfy themselves of the diagnosis and what needs to be done. They need to be confident when they walk into the patient's room (often surrounded by distressed and exhausted family) that they understand the diagnosis. The terminally breathless patient cannot give a detailed history and may only be able to signal or indicate their wishes -the clinician's needs to instil confidence and certainty that they can help and quickly offer choices about care. It is important to let the patient and family know that you have made a careful assessment of what is going on by talking to the referring senior clinician and being familiar with the patient's history (possibly checking the main details back with the patient after offering them the chance for relatives to answer if this would be helpful). Do not cut the patient out of the conversation (unless they are...

Research Methodologies

We used a number of different methodologies in the preparation of this book. We made extensive use of semistructured interviews with key actors for every stage of the research and analysis. Some individuals were interviewed more than once, and we often established a continuing conversation with some individuals. Although some interviews were conducted over the telephone, most were face-to-face, and some involved full-day site visits.

Biomedicine and Moral Agency in a Complex World

From that point, an increasing awareness about the exclusion of women's experiences, achievements, and life histories from academic disciplines led me to engage also with such issues in relation to people of color and nonwestern ways of knowing. Motivated by a strong desire to reach beyond these boundaries of exclusion and marginal-ization, I broke with my family's (western) medical tradition and studied eastern philosophy and acupuncture, and worked as a practitioner in this field for several years. Out of the realization that any cultural transformation toward a new integrative medicine would ultimately need to arise from within western culture itself, I pursued further studies in philosophy and the history of western science. Since embarking on my career in molecular biology, I have been committed to building bridges between science and other ways of knowing. This chapter was written for some of my colleagues as an invitation to conversation and possibly to a shared questioning and...

Patterns of Disease and Patterns of Culture

This book describes the connections between patterns of disease and patterns of culture to highlight the creative interdisciplinary ways by which researchers are confronting today's vexing and complex health challenges. By creating conversations across disciplines, students and practicing professionals are better able to collaborate across disciplines, design successful health interventions, and communicate more broadly and clearly with both professional and popular audiences (Dunn 1979). These processes will help develop more appropriate health policies, deepen understandings of disease causation and treatment, and create more effective actions to enhance health and prevent disease.

Parallel And Serial Theories Of Timing See Scalar Timing Theory

Items of information as patterns of connections of differing strengths between locations within a network model (i.e., any model consisting of a collection of units, each joined to one or more other units that it may inhibit or excite). In this model, also generally known as a distributed network model, information processing assumes the form of the parallel processing of collections of activated links. The parallel distributed processing model (PDP) is tied closely to one of the definitions of connectionism - the design of intelligent systems in the area of artificial intelligence where neural networks consist of patterns of activation over collections of units and where the patterns are adaptive in function as they are capable of learning from previous experience. The notion of PDP - in which separate subprocesses are distributed within a single entity - is distinguished from that of distributed cognition which refers to information processing that is shared among several separate...

Sweat Gland Activity

The sweat glands can change their activity based on a multitude of factors, but there are some interpretable ranges. The range of SCL readings for most biofeedback systems is from 0 to 100 micromhos, with the typical level being observed between 1 and 20. Although there is no conclusive data indicating an optimal level, the usual range for most normals is between 1 and 10 micromhos when the individual is relaxed and resting, or involved in a nonstressful conversation. Although the above ranges are helpful for interpretation, there are many factors that determine the SCA. Therefore, the clinician needs to know the individual being recorded and what is normal for that person. It is important to be aware that at the extremes of sweat gland activity, the SCA may be attenuated. If the skin is very dry, SCRs may be difficult to monitor and if the skin is very moist, SCRs may be reduced. In the clinical setting if dry electrodes are being used, and if the skin is very dry or callused then it...

Generalized Social Phobia

Generalized social phobia (GSP) is a common and disabling disorder that affects many areas of a person's life. Situations commonly avoided include presentations to small or large groups, being observed while eating or drinking, and many forms of social interaction (e.g., initiating a conversation). Dysfunctional attitudes and extreme negative thinking appear to play an important role in the etiology and maintenance of the disorder. Phobic avoidance is a major feature of GSP and so exposure therapy is indicated. However, because of the way that people with GSP interpret their social interactions, even seemingly successful social encounters can be perceived as failures through a critical dissection or postmortem ruminative process. Accordingly, cognitive restructuring is an important component of treatment. Behavioral group therapy for social phobia was pioneered by Richard Heimberg and colleagues and is arguably the nonpharmacologic treatment of choice for this condition. Because of...

Looking for Gadamer Traditions and Transformations

The conversation that we are in is one that never ends. No word is the last word, just as there is no first word. Every word is itself an answer and gives rise always to a new question.1 hans-georg gadamer In continuing my critical account of the common law tradition of judging, I contend that Gadamer's hermeneutics can be utilized to offer a more radical and transformative reading of the common law tradition. By treating truth as the historicised experience of meaningfulness, he confirms that legal interpretation cannot be equated to abstract analysis or scientific method. It is only brought and rebrought to life in the active and persisting conversations between real people within, over, and across time. In this way, the common law becomes as much a historical location for these continuing interventions as a reliable resource of completed resolutions. Insofar as the common law is a tradition, it is a dynamic tradition of transformation. Indeed, Gadamer cautions that, while people...

Chairs introduction

The idea from this symposium arose from some conversations that Professor Zvi Laron and I had about a year and a half ago, when we considered meeting in Europe to discuss some of the issues in the ageing field that were puzzling us. From these notions grew a more formalized structure, which I am delighted to see hosted today by the Novartis Foundation. The glory of the format for this type of small meeting is that it is very open to query and enquiry.


Many maladaptive behaviors are maintained by consequences that follow from them. For example, temper tantrums or interrupting others during conversations are often unwittingly reinforced by the attention they receive. When there is interest in reducing behavior, extinction can be used by eliminating the connection between the behavior and the consequences that follow. Extinction refers to withholding reinforcement from a previously reinforced response. A response undergoing extinction eventually decreases in frequency until it returns to its prereinforcement level or is eliminated. Many reports have shown the successful application of extinction alone or in conjunction with other procedures (particularly reinforcement). Hypochondriacal complaints, vomiting, obsessive comments, compulsive rituals, and excessive conversation in the classroom are among the diverse problems that have been treated with extinction and reinforcement. Such applications are particularly noteworthy because they...


Astrolepis integerrima (undivided), synonyms Notholaena sinuata var. integerrima, Cheilanthes integerrima, and N. integerrima, is another cousin of Astrolepis sinuata differing in having asymmetrical pinnae with their upper surfaces garnished with persistent scales. It is a narrowly upright, once-pinnate evergreen with up to 40 pairs of pinnae and is native to rocky crevices, often of limestone, in the U.S. Southwest. Grow these species side by side for conversation and education in well-drained grit away from winter wet in Zones 7 to 10. Apogamous. Astrolepis sinuata (bend, wave), wavy cloak fern, synonyms Cheilanthes sinuata and Notholaena sinuata, is a variable species with evergreen fronds softly dressed in xeric characteristic, small silver stellate hairs above and masses of protective, whitish scales and hairs below. The stellate hairs rather than linear hairs, as well as pinnae of 1 in. (2.5 cm) or less, separate this species from the extremely similar A. beitelii. The stipes,...

Animals in Public

The animals who live in our homes and with whom we share our lives frequently accompany us when we go out into everyday public settings. In these situations, companion animals often act as what sociologists call social facilitators'' they provide a shared focus of attention and offer a reason for strangers to interact with each other. Being in the company of a companion animal in public not only gives strangers something to talk about, it also helps make people seem less threatening. Those with dogs* or other animals can be identified as ''dog (animal) lovers.'' This public identity helps break down the suspicion we often feel for people we do not know while providing an acceptable reason for starting conversations with strangers. fortable. Studies demonstrate that those who are visually handicapped or confined to wheelchairs have more frequent and friendly conversations with able-bodied people when they are with service dogs. Companion animals can act as more than simply the focus of...

The case of study A

Conversations with colleagues at a pharmaceutical function a few weeks before. On checking up with his colleagues he found that the centre had an unreliable track record over the past six months or so, but had been a reliable unit before that. The medical director refused to sign the protocol and instructed the project manager to return to the unit to confirm that it was suitable and able to do the work required.

Autonomy of Actions

Jay Katz has said that insufficient attention has been given to the unconscious and irrational motivations of behavior. It is not only patients' motivations that should be examined, but physicians' as well, for example, their denial of uncertainty. Whether a patient's decision to consent to or refuse treatment is autonomous depends on more than the patient's statement of decision and reasons. Physicians and patients must engage in conversations physicians are obligated to facilitate patients' opportunities for reflection to prevent ill-considered decisions, and patients are obligated to participate in the process of thinking about their choices. The U.S. President's Commission (1982) echoes this view in its discussion of the importance of communication between patient and health professional to attain shared decision making based on mutual trust.

Bringing It Home

In pursuing this useful agenda of jurisprudential study, mainstream theorists still have a possible role to play and a valued contribution to make. A demonstration that any theorists' ethical or political ideals do not flow inexorably from the extant law does not, of course, dispense entirely with their claim on our jurisprudential attention. While it robs these theories of their claimed authority as objective or natural truths, the practical recommendations that they entail must still be judged as one of a series of contingent proposals for making sense of the world and the possibilities for its remaking. Consequently, the work of Dworkin, Posner, and others still has value provided that its insights are treated as rhetorical interventions in a continuing democratic conversation, not as authoritative conversation stoppers regarding eternal verities. Once such jurists ditch their metaphysical baggage, not only might they get to their chosen destination quicker, but they also might...

Case Example

In attempting to make adolescents feel comfortable, the therapist may make the mistake of trying to present himself or herself as a hip pal by initiating conversation that adolescents experience as dangerously seductive or intrusive (e.g., presenting as knowledgeable and up on culturally current topics, such as the latest sports or cultural figures and popular music). Adolescents in treatment are most comfortable with a therapist who is clearly an adult, but one who is an especially careful and thoughtful listener. Young adolescents often will become more comfortable as they feel confident that the therapist will not intrude on their burgeoning sense of psychological autonomy by moving to intolerably deep levels too quickly or making interpretations that they experience as wild and tactless. For adolescents who have the greatest difficulty in tolerating any verbal engagement or face-to-face contact that increases the sense of being scrutinized, the offer of simple games (e.g., card...

Anomia In Aphasia

Aphasic individuals with lesions inside this language zone'' exhibit different characteristics depending upon the location and extent of the lesion. Language deficits may be characterized by severe limitations of verbal and or written production with relatively well-preserved comprehension (as in Broca's aphasia) or by severe limitations of auditory comprehension with relatively preserved verbal production (as in Wernicke's aphasia). Many other patterns of impairment and preservation of language faculties are possible, and particular combinations are characteristic of other aphasia syndromes. Regardless of whether the person with aphasia exhibits nonfluent speech or fluent speech, however, a common deficit is evident, that is, a difficulty accessing words, anomia. In fact, anomia was recognized in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as a crucial component of aphasia by early aphasiologists such as Broca, Wer-nicke, Freud, Pitres, Head, and Goldstein. Anomia may be either...


Despite official efforts to ban the term, ''sacrifice'' can still be overheard in the laboratory conversations of scientists and technicians as well as in the presentations of scientific papers at professional meetings. Direct observation of scientists and technicians has led sociologists to conclude that sacrifice is not used in the religious sense, but rather in a broader sacred sense within the scientific community. According to sociologists, sacrifice means more

Analysis parameters

Standardization is a hot topic in microarray data analysis. Microarrays generate so much data, which may be shared among many labs worldwide, that standardized experimental and analysis methods are becoming more important to the microarray community. When the issue of standardization is raised, conversation quickly turns to MIAME (Minimum Information About a Microarray Experiment) (see also Chapter 22) (5) and MAGE-ML (Microarray Gene Expression Markup Language) (6). MIAME is a guide to the types of information that scientists should record and report when describing microarray experiments. MAGE-ML is a file format for microarray data that contains MIAME descriptors in the file. The intended advantage of MAGE-ML over other file formats is that anyone can look at a MAGE-ML file and determine how the data was analyzed.

Dwarf scouring rush

Culture and comments With its diminutive stature, the miniature scouring rush makes a delightful conversation piece in a well-watered container. It would, in fact, be overwhelmed in anything but a Lilliputian garden but has been used effectively as an understory in bonsai or, when containerized, as a companion plant on the borders of bogs. While not as aggressive as its brethren, it can spread, given the opportunity, so confinement is strongly recommended.


Despite the rarity of the passive construction in everyday conversations in English, a good deal of attention has been paid to how children use and understand passive sentences. Because the order of the agent and patient is reversed, this particular construction can reveal a great deal about how children acquire word order rules that play a major role in English syntax.

Adders tongue ferns

These weird, primitive novelties range from wee 3- to 6-in. (7.5- to 15-cm) temperate species, which are just as likely to be stepped on as recognized, to giant cascades of tropical epiphytes. The genus name comes from the Greek ophis, snake, and glossa, tongue, describing the fern's architecture, which for most species has a sterile, spoon-shaped blade surrounding a narrow upright fertile stalk suggesting a snake's tongue. These species have the highest numbers of chromosomes of any known vascular plant, a fact that trivia buffs might like to casually drop into ferny conversations.

Childhood Onset

As toddlers and preschoolers the children psychoanalytic theory destined for manic-depressive illness often are described as highly creative, bright, verbal, and intellectually ahead of most other children. Parallel to these positive developmental factors parents also recall that their children experienced severe separation anxiety and night terrors much longer than most youths. Additionally, many children who are developing manic-depressive illness have vivid, explicit dreams that typically focus on violent themes filled with blood and gore. This type of color-filled descriptive violence can also occur in the discourse of normal conversations. They may meet simple requests or instructive guidelines, such as gently requesting the child to remain in line, with an exaggerated physical threat. A parental no can send the manic-depressive child into a destructive rage for hours. During tantrums these children routinely cry, kick, hit, pull hair, bite, and attempt to punch holes in the wall...


Parent training (PT) is a vital component of psy-chotherapeutic treatment with younger traumatized children and a secondary element of treatment for older children and adolescents. PT is typically composed of three components psychoeducation, behavior modification, and exposure-based cognitive interventions. In psychoeducation, parents learn the effects of trauma on children of different ages, as well as the symptoms children display following a traumatic event. In behavior modification, parents are taught skills and techniques to better manage their child (such as methods of discipline, reinforcement, and problem solving) that they can use at home to reinforce lessons the child learns in therapy and to ensure safety. This information allows parents to develop appropriate expectations of and responses to children so they can provide support and reinforcement for their children to facilitate their recovery from PTSD symptoms. In addition to a specific focus on the child, PT, through...

Circles I

Around that circle is another circle, the Yellow Handshake Circle. It represents the social distance for acquaintances. A person whose name you know and who knows your name qualifies for that circle. We can shake hands but limit our touch to hands only. Similarly, there is more remote conversation and less trust. There are usually many people in this circle. They are people who you only know slightly.

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