Kevin James O'Brien

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I have forgotten how to read

For a long time Michael Harris convinced himself that a childhood spent immersed in old-fashioned books would insulate him from our new media climate – that he could keep on reading in the old way because his mind was formed in pre-internet days. He was wrong<p>Author of <i>Solitude: A Singular Life in a</i> …

Books

Why 'Grey's Anatomy' Just Overtly Tackled Unconscious Bias

Showrunner Krista Vernoff and episode writer Zoanne Clack talk with THR about the powerful hour.<p><b>[This story contains spoilers from the "Personal</b> …

Black Lives Matter

Tech Insider

This Facebook post is no longer available. It may have been removed or the privacy settings of the post may have changed.<p>A sleep expert explains what …

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites

SAN FRANCISCO — The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife!<p>None of the stories were true. Yet as recently as late last week, …

Internet

The "Swiss Army Knife" Of Health: A Good Night's Sleep

What does the song "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones have in common with the periodic table of elements? Both are the product of dreams.<p>Creative reawakening is just one of many boons provided by a full nights rest, argues neuroscientist Matthew Walker.<p>"Sleep is the Swiss army knife of health. …

Swiss Army Knives

We’re With Stupid

It would be much easier to sleep at night if you could believe that we’re in such a mess of misinformation simply because Russian agents disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million people on Facebook.<p>The Russians also uploaded a thousand videos to YouTube and published more than …

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Ex-NFL player confirmed as 1st case of CTE in living patient

<b>(CNN) —</b> Researchers published, what they say is the first case of a living person identified with the degenerative brain disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.<p>While unnamed in the study, lead author Dr. Bennet Omalu confirmed to CNN that the subject of the case was former NFL player, …

The Brain

The Ivory Tower Can’t Keep Ignoring Tech

These days, big data, artificial intelligence and the tech platforms that put them to work have huge influence and power. Algorithms choose the information we see when we go online, the jobs we get, the colleges to which we’re admitted and the credit cards and insurance we are issued. It goes …

Humanities

Aaron Hernandez suffered from worst CTE seen in someone his age

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the first time since announcing former NFL star Aaron Hernandez's CTE diagnosis in September, Boston University neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee shared the findings from Hernandez's brain autopsy on Thursday.<p>McKee and her team have examined more than 100 former NFL players' brains for the …

The Brain

News and Events

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison addresses the evolving health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond while …

Madison

What Happens in the Brain During Sleep?

<b>John Peever</b>, director of the Systems Neurobiology Laboratory at the University of Toronto, and <b>Brian J. Murray</b>, director of the sleep laboratory at …

Sleep

How to succeed? Get more sleep

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging …

One more reason to get a good night's sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique …

Sleep-Deprived People Are More Likely to Cheat

Good managers focus not only on bottom-line performance, but on the means by which their people achieve that high performance. Unethical behaviors can be damaging to a broad variety of stakeholders, and are often the cause of organizational crises. Ethical behavior not only keeps consciences clean; …

Research: Sleep-Deprived Leaders Are Less Inspiring

Leaders have demanding schedules, and often find themselves trading sleep for more work time – effectively trading away work quality to get more work quantity. Some of my recent research indicates that this idea of compromising quality applies to the concept of leadership as well, with important …

Research: Sleep Deprivation Can Make It Harder to Stay Calm at Work

When new managers and their employees meet for the first time, they begin to forge their working relationship, which will be a crucial factor in how they both experience work, how much they trust each other, and how effectively they can work together. You may have a direct report that you hold in …

Sleep

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

The National Sleep Foundation recommends an average of eight hours of sleep per night for adults, but sleep scientist Matthew Walker says that too many people are falling short of the mark.<p>"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," Walker …

‘Pro-Life’ Christians Killing LGBTQ Teenagers

Joe and Terry go to the same church. It was my church once, too. Joe is a pro-life Christian—at least that’s what he would tell you. That’s what his …

LGBTQI

Why Is Sleep Important?

Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your …

Why Baltimore Burned

Do you know why Baltimore burned on Monday?<p>Blame pent-up anger over police brutality and the mysterious death of Freddie Gray.<p>And blame the disgusting looters who robbed stores and beat up reporters — in broad daylight.<p>But the real culprit isn’t a new problem.<p>For decades, Baltimore has struggled to …

Justice

The Baltimore Riots Weren’t Hooliganism. They Were a Protest Against the Ghetto Economy.

Most people can sympathize with the anger on display this week in the streets of Baltimore. It’s relatively easy to feel compassion for people who’ve …

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

James Baldwin

Teachers across America are searching for ways to talk about Charlottesville

Melody Johnson holds her grandson at a vigil in New York in response to white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Kevin Rivoli /The …

Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It

Teachers have long known that rote memorization can lead to a superficial grasp of material that is quickly forgotten. But new research in the field …

What Is the "Alt-Right"?

<b>Richard Spencer:</b> Coined the term “alt-right” and founded AlternativeRight.com. The white nationalist is the alt-right’s most visible figure and is …

Brain Changes Seen in Youth Football Players without Concussion

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Researchers have found measurable brain changes in children after a single season of playing youth football, even without a …

Study suggests link between youth football & later-life emotional, behavioral impairment

(BOSTON)--A new study has found an association between participation in youth tackle football before age 12 and impaired mood and behavior later in …

Frequently Asked Questions about CTE

What is CTE?<p>Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in people with a history of repetitive …

Kinesiology

Youth football participation declines as worries mount about concussions, CTE

The artificial turf outside Addison Trail High School was alive with action as a practice session of the Addison Cowboys youth football club got underway. Shoulder pads cracked, coaches hollered and cheerful parents kept watch on the sidelines — all signs, to the inexpert eye, of a sport in good …