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6.8 Starting off
Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
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6.7 What can you do if you are nervous?
Effective communication is the key to a successful presentation. This unit will provide you with a systematic approach to develop the necessary skills. It is important to understand that effective presentation skills can be practised and learned. It is the content of your presentation, and the simple delivery of clear and reasoned arguments, which will help you to achieve your objectives.
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4.2 The effects of irrelevant speech

Imagine watching a computer screen, on which a series of digits is flashed, at a nice easy rate of one per second. After six items you have to report what the digits had been, in the order presented (this is called serial recall). Not a very difficult task, you might think, but what if someone were talking nearby? It turns out that, even when participants are instructed to ignore the speech completely, their recall performance drops by at least 30 per cent (Jones, 1999).

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2.6 Summary of Section 2

The results of the visual attention experiments we have considered can be interpreted as follows.

  • Attention can be directed selectively towards different areas of the visual field, without the need to re-focus.

  • The inability to report much detail from brief, masked visual displays appears to be linked to the need to assemble the various information components.

  • The visual information is captured in parallel, but assemb
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2.3 Towards a theory of parallel processing

When people are asked to guess about masked material, they are commonly able to provide some information, but it often lacks detail. For example, if participants in a Sperling-type experiment have recalled three letters, but are pressed for more, then they can often provide one or two. However, they generally do not know information such as whereabouts in the display the letters occurred, or what colour they were. These, of course, are exactly the kinds of detail that can be used to select it
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The Nature of Diamonds
This Web site, created to complement an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, looks at how diamonds are created (naturally and synthetically), and how they have been used throughout history.
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1.2.3 Cultural approaches to normality

What is normal in terms of the simple act of waiting for a bus? In the UK it is expected that people will organise themselves into a queue, so those who have waited the longest can board the bus first. However, this is not true of all cultures. Yet, if someone from a culture that does not queue were waiting for a bus in Manchester and did not wait her turn, she would be chastised for it. So, another approach might be to define as ‘abnormal’ any behaviour that contravenes social norms
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Speed Reading
This two minute video explains some of the methods for improving reading speed include increasing the range of the
block of words that are read at the same time, as well as avoiding the urge to go back and reread a sentence. Improve focus and reduce the length of time required to understand a sentence. It also explains why speed reading is important.

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Regenerating The Heart
This 1:30 video is about preventing heart attacks and heart
transplants. Thousands of people need the heart transplant due to heart attacks but only about 2000 are available. The procedure of taking muscle sells in the patient's leg, grow them in the leg, then inject them in the new cells into the heart and therefore causing the heart to pump more blood. Those who
take this procedure, their heart rate pumps at least 58% more
blood.


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Physical Therapist Tools
This three minute video is about tools and machines that are used by a physical therapist. They include small machines, weights, measuring equipment and treadmills and elyptical machines. All of these tools of equipment help regain strength, make sure the joints are functioning correctly, and prevent the loss of mobility. This video could be used as part of a career day as well as to motivate students to think of machines that could help them improve their own conditioning.
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Unit 1 - Finding out about food security
The first unit of this module introduces you to the meaning and dimensions of food security. It also highlights the importance of these concepts to your work as a household food security facilitator, working as a community development worker or volunteer or any other position within communities.
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Household Food Security: Module 1: Introduction to Household Food Security
In this module we will introduce you to concepts such as food security, food insecurity, nutrition security, livelihood security, food policies and programmes and the role of stakeholders and facilitators. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to gather information on many different levels, from the macro to the micro level. You will also, in time, become equipped to analyse community and household needs, understand the implications of policies and strategies for communities and househ
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1.3 Psychology has social impact

The relevance of psychology to everyday concerns, and the ease with which it can be popularised and used, mean that psychological knowledge – some of it dubious, some of it accurate – is continually absorbed into culture and often incorporated into the very language we use. Examples of psychological concepts that have entered popular discourse include the notion that we are predisposed, both through evolution and through the functioning of our brains and nervous systems, to behave in cert
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Allometry in Biological Systems
This is a laboratory exercise appropriate for sophomore level students. No prior math is required, and lab exercise can be adapted if computer facilities are available.
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Money talks: May 23rd 2011
In this week's programme: the race to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn continues amid a global economic slowdown and the Eurozone crisis
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Introduction

The key message of this unit is that different psychologists focus on different aspects of human behaviour in different ways. Take the topic of learning, some psychologists will study what happens in our brain when we learn, while others will consider how we learn within a social context. This unit will first highlight how psychology is now a very visible part of everyday life and then explore its diverse roots in medicine, philosophy, biology, psychoanalysis and e
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Are we headed for just another jobless recovery?
Closing the gap in the budget deficit is old hat: business executives now say the way out of economic turmoil is to close the skills gap and ensure people have what it takes to find real employment in the new economic order.
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Political Thought through the Ages

[David Gordon will teach Political Thought through the Ages, a 6-week online course at the Mises Academy, starting June 7, 2012.]

Computer Science: The Road Forward
Staff and students at the University of Nottingham discuss Computer Science and where it can lead.
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Elsherbeni Receives Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award
Atef Elsherbeni named the fifth recipient of the UM Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award. Video by Mary Stanton.
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