Youtube Video of the Month – Obesity as a National Security Issue (and more?)

This is a great talk, We, the west in particular are sleepwalking into a problem. However, if you look at this from a MA/SD perspective we face the same threat, but now.

Lieutenant General Mark Phillip Hertling, is the Commanding General, US Army Europe and Seventh Army. In that role, he is the commander of the approximately 42,000 U.S. Army forces assigned to Europe, and he is the Army Component Commander of U.S. European Command. While Hertling’s primary role is training U.S. Army soldiers and units for Contingency and Full Spectrum Operations, he is also responsible for Theater Security Cooperation and Building Partner Capacity with the 51 allied nations that are part of the European area of operation.





Youtube Video of the Month – Why Are People Violent?

Well it is our $64,000 question and here is as good an explanation as I have heard. Laurence Miller, Ph.D., author of ‘Criminal Psychology – Nature, Nurture, Culture’ explaining the biological, sociological, and psychological reasons for violent behaviour.

This book just went on my to read list for certain. The phrase “Active Gene Environment Correlation” is a very good way of describing how like finds like.


Youtube Video of the Month – Categorical Thinking and How to Avoid It – Prof. Robert Sopolsky

Categorical thinking is thinking by assigning people or things to categories and then using the categories as though they represented something in the real world.

  • Having a period
  • Having a brain tumour
  • Eating junk food
  • Taking anabolic steroid

What do they have in common?

They have all been used in a court of law to explain the behaviour of a murderer.

This is a highly entertaining and incredibly interesting video of a lecture by Robert Sopolsky. This is high octane information at its best. You may want to watch this more than once as it covers so many aspects of human behaviour.

Professor Sopolsky is a neurologist and a primatologist and his books are incredibly interesting, I ham currently reading ‘Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst and this lecture is like an intro to that book.

So I hope you enjoy this and find the funny bits as funny as I did. Garry.

Youtube Video of the Month – Non-Verbal Communication

Silence is golden, Speech is Silver. Leyla Tacconi sets out to express the wonderful ways of communication without the influence of verbal speech. From gestures to posture, Tacconi illustrates that we are capable of communicating with any part of our body and we can easily live in the world without voice.

Leyla Tacconi thrives with the ability to communicate her ideas through creative media, such as music and art. Having initially viewed silence as a boundary to communication, her love for the arts and Italian origin have evoked a new view towards non-verbal communication. Tacconi believes that if we use a little less sound and leave it all to nature and expression, we might make the world a better place.

A conductor doesn’t speak to his orchestra; he uses body language in an extreme manner to ensure that the strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and keyboards understand when and how they have to play. Therefore, non-verbal communication is useful in these things, as it allows people to get in touch with one another and to understand the piece, speech and music more deeply. The ways of communicating are vital in the world and Tacconi is keen to raise awareness of this to those around her.

Youtube Video of the Month – Amygdala Hijack – Kirsten Johnson

An Amygdala Hijack (term coined by Daniel Goleman in his book Emotional Intelligence) occurs during the fight, flight or freeze stress response.

An Amygdala Hijack is an immediate and overwhelming emotional response out of proportion to the stimulus because it has triggered a more significant emotional threat.

The amygdala is the part of our brain that handles emotions. During an Amygdala Hijack, the amygdala “hijacks” or shuts down the neo-cortex. Our neo-cortex is responsible for logical, rational thinking, conscious thought and sensory perception.

Yep, our emotions ramp up and logic is shut off. Not cute. And so not you.

Youtube Video of the Month – Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection – Tesia Marshik

The belief in learning styles is so widespread, it is considered to be common sense. Few people ever challenge this belief, which has been deeply ingrained in our educational system. Teachers are routinely told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify & cater to individual students’ learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style but research suggests that learning styles don’t actually exist! This presentation focuses on debunking this myth via research findings, explaining how/why the belief in learning styles is problematic, and examining the reasons why the belief persists despite the lack of evidence. Dr. Tesia Marshik is an

Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her research interests in educational psychology include student motivation, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships.

Youtube Video of the Month – The Liver Shot

Your liver is located on the right side of the body, below the diaphragm and overlying the gallbladder.

It’s the largest and heaviest internal organ in the human body, responsible for many important functions including detoxification, protein synthesis, nutrient storage, and more. It’s one of the most vital organs in the body.

Question: What happens when someone punches you in the liver?

A well-placed shot to the liver (even one that’s not particularly hard) can put you in excruciating pain. If you’ve yet to experience this sensation in your life, you can consider yourself fortunate! A blow to the liver will likely leave you breathless and incapacitated. Your body simply shuts down.

So why does this happen? Why is your liver so vulnerable?

In this video, we go over: – boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) examples, with fights involving Mitchell Smith, Gennady Golovkin, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Dennis Siver, Donald Cowboy Cerrone, Ronda Rousey & Conor McGregor (Pro boxers & UFC fighters). – a comparison between liver shots and headshots. Both devastating, yet having very different effects on the body.

A 2013 study on blunt liver injuries. It doesn’t take much to rupture a liver… – a physiological breakdown of what actually happens when the liver is impacted, and why your body shuts down. (We talk about the autonomic nervous system (ANS), the vagus nerve, blood vessel dilation, heart rate and blood pressure). – if this involuntary reaction is unique to the liver.

Can this also happen to other internal organs? For more Human Anatomy video tutorials, interactive quizzes, articles and an atlas of Human Anatomy, go to !


The Growth Mindset – Carol Dweck

Carol Dweck is a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, why people succeed (or don’t) and how to foster success.

Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.