The Business of Behavior Change Via Self-Punishment – The New Yorker

The Business of Behavior Change Via Self-Punishment – The New Yorker.

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The Evolution of Myelin.

The Evolution of Myelin.

Primitive animals living in the dark recesses of the sea bed lead a quiet and relatively unchallenged life. When animals started to venture away from such protected areas in search of food, the need for flight from external danger became necessary. Evolutionary pressure resulted in the selection of features which favoured escape. This is where myelin came in. Myelin is an insulating material that is wrapped around the axons of nerve cells. Its job is to increase the speed of conduction of electrical signals along the nerve fibre to muscle targets. The result is faster reactions to danger and a better chance of survival. So what is myelin and how does it work?

via The Evolution of Myelin..

When is evidence sufficient for decision-making? A framework for understanding the pace of evidence adoption, Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Future Medicine

 

Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research

Vol. 2, No. 4, Pages 383-391 , DOI 10.2217/cer.13.39

(doi:10.2217/cer.13.39)

Special Report

When is evidence sufficient for decision-making? A framework for understanding the pace of evidence adoption

Robert W Dubois*1, Michael Lauer2 & Eleanor Perfetto3

Translation of medical evidence into practice has not kept pace with the growth of medical technology and knowledge. We present three case studies – statins, drug eluting stents and bone marrow transplantation for breast cancer – to propose a framework for describing five factors that may influence the rate of adoption. The factors are: validity, reliability and maturity of the science available before widespread adoption; communication of the science; economic drivers; patients’ and physicians’ ability to apply published scientific findings to their specific clinical needs; and incorporation into practice guidelines.

via When is evidence sufficient for decision-making? A framework for understanding the pace of evidence adoption, Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Future Medicine.

Why Soft Skills Matter – Career Development From MindTools.com

The problem is, the importance of these soft skills is often undervalued, and there is far less training provided for them than hard skills. For some reason, organizations seem to expect people know how to behave on the job. They tend to assume that everyone knows and understands the importance of being on time, taking initiative, being friendly, and producing high quality work.

Assuming that soft skills are universal leads to much frustration. That’s why it’s so important to focus as much on soft skills training and development as you do on traditional hard skills.

via Why Soft Skills Matter – Career Development From MindTools.com.

Employers seek grads with ‘soft skills’ more than specific majors – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com

The Association of American Colleges & Universities released a report last month, “Falling Short? College Learning and Career Success,” which found nearly all employers, 91 percent of those surveyed, agreed that for career success, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.”

When hiring recent graduates, employers most highly valued skills and knowledge that cut across majors, including written and oral communication, teamwork skills, ethical decision making, critical thinking and the ability to apply knowledge in real-world settings.

via Employers seek grads with ‘soft skills’ more than specific majors – Worcester Telegram & Gazette – telegram.com.

The Science of Practice: What Happens When You Learn a New Skill

The takeaway: practicing skills over time causes those neural pathways to work better in unison via myelination. To improve your performance, you need to practice frequently, and get lots of feedback so you practice correctly.

Why practice actually makes perfect: How to rewire your brain for better performance | Buffer

via The Science of Practice: What Happens When You Learn a New Skill.

The importance of cues and practice

Lots to learn from his approach especially cues

He has a list of 20 checkpoints he works on for his shot. The list includes phrases that help him maintain his correct shooting form, things like, “up strong,” “hold follow-through,” and “slight bend at waist.”

Kyle Korver has a great explanation for how he became the best shooter in the NBA – Yahoo Finance.

More on his approach:

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-kyle-korver-has-become-nbas-best-shooter-2015-2