Positivity – Thany http://thany.org/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:51:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thany.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Positivity – Thany http://thany.org/ 32 32 Delhi reports 75 new Covid cases today, no deaths https://thany.org/delhi-reports-75-new-covid-cases-today-no-deaths/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 17:51:36 +0000 https://thany.org/delhi-reports-75-new-covid-cases-today-no-deaths/ Image source: PTI It reported 123 cases with a positivity rate of 1.14% on Wednesday. Strong points Delhi reported 75 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no deaths The positivity rate in the nation’s capital was recorded at 1.1% The new cases were detected from 6,822 tests carried out the day before Delhi reported 75 […]]]>
Image source: PTI It reported 123 cases with a positivity rate of 1.14% on Wednesday.

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  • Delhi reported 75 new coronavirus cases on Sunday and no deaths
  • The positivity rate in the nation’s capital was recorded at 1.1%
  • The new cases were detected from 6,822 tests carried out the day before

Delhi reported 75 new coronavirus cases and no deaths on Sunday, according to data provided by the city’s health department. The positivity rate in the nation’s capital was recorded at 1.1%.

The new cases were detected from 6,822 tests conducted the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin. With the new cases, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally rose to 20,03,013. The death toll remained unchanged at 26,501, it added.

Delhi recorded 71 cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with a positivity rate of 0.81%.

On Friday, it recorded 95 cases of COVID-19 with a 0.96% positivity rate and one death.

On Thursday, the city recorded 77 cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 0.74%.

It reported 123 cases with a positivity rate of 1.14% on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the nation’s capital recorded 81 cases with a positivity rate of 0.82% and one death.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in Delhi stands at 405. A total of 304 patients are in home isolation, according to the bulletin.

Of the 8,874 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients at various hospitals in the city, 43 are occupied, he said. There are 55 containment zones in Delhi, he added.

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Delhi hit a record high of 28,867 on January 13 during the third wave of the pandemic. The city recorded a positivity rate of 30.6% on January 14, the highest in the third wave.

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Positivity Matters – The New Indian Express https://thany.org/positivity-matters-the-new-indian-express/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://thany.org/positivity-matters-the-new-indian-express/ By Express press service KOCHI: Kerala is seeing an increase in cancer cases, according to oncologists. Early detection and positivity, they say, are key factors in crab control. Family and peer support and counseling help cancer survivors through the most difficult phase of their lives, says Chandni Ravi, Deputy Director of Ernakulam Medical Center, who […]]]>

By Express press service

KOCHI: Kerala is seeing an increase in cancer cases, according to oncologists. Early detection and positivity, they say, are key factors in crab control.

Family and peer support and counseling help cancer survivors through the most difficult phase of their lives, says Chandni Ravi, Deputy Director of Ernakulam Medical Center, who has battled the life-threatening disease with positivity.

Chandni was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 35. It turned his world upside down. But, thanks to self-determination and the support of her family, she faced the disease. “I underwent about 14 chemotherapy sessions. It was a traumatic phase,” she says.

“I started to write a diary. I wrote down every detail of my recovery, from the start of my day with medication. I started yoga, I followed an alkaline diet. Even after he recovered, Chandni, who resides in Thevara, continued her battle with cancer and in 2018, she made it her mission to spread positivity among cancer patients and their family members, thus was born Pink Saree Sisters, a online cancer support group.

“It’s a platform for women to freely express their views and doubts, ask questions about symptom management, and create a bond of comfort,” says Chandni, who is also an avid writer. , an artist and food blogger.
The Cochin Cancer Society is another organization fighting cancer, focusing on improving public awareness and encouraging early detection.

Notably, the famous oncologist Dr. VP Gangadharan is the boss of the company. So far, more than 1,650 people have been screened at the company’s early detection camps. “Recently, we set up a free care center for cancer patients in Kacheripady. It can accommodate 20 patients, and one passer-by each,” explains a spokesperson for the company.

“Free transportation and food are also provided to patients. We have a kitchen in the property. The food prepared here is also provided free of charge to inpatients and needy passers-by at the Indira Gandhi Cooperative Hospital in Kadavanthra.

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Tania promotes body positivity with a racy new photo https://thany.org/tania-promotes-body-positivity-with-a-racy-new-photo/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:37:00 +0000 https://thany.org/tania-promotes-body-positivity-with-a-racy-new-photo/ 90 Day: The Single Life season 3’s Tania Maduro hits back at body shamers by showing off her confidence in a revealing photo on Instagram. 90 day fiance Franchise star Tania Maduro recently shared a revealing image to spread the body positivity message. The 32-year-old franchise regular is known for appearing in 90 day fiance […]]]>

90 Day: The Single Life season 3’s Tania Maduro hits back at body shamers by showing off her confidence in a revealing photo on Instagram.


90 day fiance Franchise star Tania Maduro recently shared a revealing image to spread the body positivity message. The 32-year-old franchise regular is known for appearing in 90 day fiance season 7, during which she married her former partner, Syngin Colchester. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out because Tania’s free-spirited ex-husband filed for divorce. The couple documented their separation on 90 days: single life season 2. Since Tania was visibly devastated during the season, many viewers simply asked her to quit reality TV and move on with her life. Amazingly, the Connecticut native returned to The single life season 3 to televise his own journey.

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Since Tania’s debut, she has faced criticism on social media regarding her life choices and other decisions. Fast forward to The single life season 3, many viewers are still unhappy with his on-screen personality and attitude. Tania wore a racy outfit for her first date on the show, which included denim shorts, a high-cut bikini and an unbuttoned shirt that showed off her cleavage. Many 90 days Fiance viewers felt that Tania was trying too hard to get her date’s attention, which was not a good look for her.

Related: 90 Day Fiancé: Syngin’s Worst and Wildest Photos After Split From Tania

After the complaints Tanya hit back at his critics by sharing a racy photo on Instagram. In her post, she sat on a rock near a waterfall, showing her skin to the camera. She wrote, “Since I’ve been on the show, I’ve been body-shamed more times than I can count,” and added that it affects him sometimes. Tania then concluded her message by sharing that she was grateful and wished that a day would come when everyone “accept yourself as humans.”

While the 90 day fiance alum avoided violating Instagram community guidelines with her clever pose, she couldn’t stop people feeling weird about her post. An Instagram user wrote, “Body shaming is bad for everyone!!! But sitting where you are naked is bad for your body too!!” The fan added that there are all kinds of parasites. Another user commented, “Just watch out for the bees and ants etc.” But a lot 90 days Fiance viewers excited Tania by telling her that there was nothing wrong with her body and appearance.

After months of hate speech, Tania finally received a lot of positive feedback from fans. Her Instagram followers understood her point and felt sorry that she had to endure body shaming on social media. With her latest post, Tania caught the attention of fans, and now they want her to find love on the show. However, the latest articles about her new life in a van suggest she may not have found love on her trip to Aruba. Still, 90 day fiance viewers can’t wait to see what happens next in Tania’s story.

Source: Tania Maduro/Instagram

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Delhi records 95 new Covid-19 cases, 1 death, 0.97% positivity rate https://thany.org/delhi-records-95-new-covid-19-cases-1-death-0-97-positivity-rate/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:05:00 +0000 https://thany.org/delhi-records-95-new-covid-19-cases-1-death-0-97-positivity-rate/ Delhi recorded 95 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with a positivity rate of 0.97 percent and one death from the infection, according to data shared by the city’s health department. The new cases were detected from the 9,742 tests conducted the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin. With the new […]]]>

Delhi recorded 95 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday with a positivity rate of 0.97 percent and one death from the infection, according to data shared by the city’s health department.

The new cases were detected from the 9,742 tests conducted the previous day, the department said in its latest bulletin.

With the new cases, the number of COVID-19 in Delhi rose to 20,02,452, while the death toll rose to 26,499, he said.

Delhi’s COVID-19 cases have registered a decline in recent days. On Saturday, the city recorded 89 cases of COVID-19 with a 0.88% positivity rate and one death from the disease.

Delhi recorded 123 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 1.16% and zero deaths on Friday.

The capital reported 116 Covid cases on Thursday with a 0.97% positivity rate and three deaths.

It has recorded 142 coronavirus cases with a 1.29% positivity rate and zero deaths on Wednesday.

According to the latest bulletin, the number of active Covid cases in Delhi stands at 514. A total of 377 patients are under home isolation, the bulletin said, adding that out of the 9,270 beds reserved for Covid patients in various hospitals in the city, 57 are occupied. .

There are 66 Covid containment zones in Delhi.

The number of daily Covid cases in Delhi hit a record high of 28,867 on January 13, during the third wave of the pandemic. The city recorded a positivity rate of 30.6% on January 14, the highest in the third wave.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Employees see a lot of positives in Central Florida businesses – Orlando Sentinel https://thany.org/employees-see-a-lot-of-positives-in-central-florida-businesses-orlando-sentinel/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:05:04 +0000 https://thany.org/employees-see-a-lot-of-positives-in-central-florida-businesses-orlando-sentinel/ There was mostly good news with a little less good news in the 2022 Orlando Sentinel Best Workplaces Survey of Central Florida employees. The Sentinel has again partnered with Philadelphia-area research firm Energage to collect survey results from more than 33,000 employees of Orlando-area businesses. The goal was to identify the best companies and what […]]]>

There was mostly good news with a little less good news in the 2022 Orlando Sentinel Best Workplaces Survey of Central Florida employees.

The Sentinel has again partnered with Philadelphia-area research firm Energage to collect survey results from more than 33,000 employees of Orlando-area businesses.

The goal was to identify the best companies and what employees say make them great places to work. Despite the challenges of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, workers in the region still see a lot of good in Central Florida workplaces.

A record 106 businesses in the region were selected as Top Workplaces based on employee survey responses.

First, the good news.

In the annual Orlando Sentinel Top Workplaces survey, workers expressed positive attitudes across 24 key workplace questions.

Below are some of the findings from our survey of what employees said matters most to them. The percentages come from employees who said they slightly agreed, agreed, or strongly agreed with the statement, which Energage calls “positivity.”

The top five “positive” statements were:

  • “My manager helps me learn and grow” – 83.1%
  • “My job makes me feel like I’m part of something meaningful” – 82.3%
  • “I feel really appreciated in this company” – 79.6%
  • “I feel included in this company” – 79.5%
  • “My manager helps me learn and grow” – 79.3%

Reflecting the tight labor market, the last five statements show that employees want to be appreciated by their employers.

The five lowest “positive” statements were:

  • “My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry” – 50.3%
  • “My pay is fair for the work I do” – 53.4%
  • “I haven’t considered looking for a better job in the last month” – 57.0%
  • “Meetings at this company are a good use of my time” – 63.4%
  • “I feel well informed about important decisions of this company” – 67.7%

Now, the bad news.

In our survey of Central Florida employees, their “positive” responses to our 24 key workplace issues were below the national average in all but two categories.

“Senior managers understand what’s really going on at this company” scored a positivity score of 70.7% here among Central Florida employees, compared to 68.6% in the national average. “I’m getting the formal training I want for my career” came in at 69.7% positive here versus 69.2% nationally.

The biggest disparity between Central Florida workers and the nation? It’s all about benefits and compensation.

“My benefits package is good compared to others in this industry” received a positive response of 50.3 in Central Florida, 7.9% below the national average.

“My pay is fair for the work I do” was 53.4% ​​in our region, 7.6% lower than the national average.

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Where do I need a mask in KY? See the latest CDC COVID-19 data https://thany.org/where-do-i-need-a-mask-in-ky-see-the-latest-cdc-covid-19-data/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://thany.org/where-do-i-need-a-mask-in-ky-see-the-latest-cdc-covid-19-data/ Kentucky added 10,499 new reported cases of COVID-19 last week and saw a drop in its positivity ratewhich fell between 15% and 20%, according to new figures released Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a decrease from the previous week, when the positivity rate ranged from 20% to 25%, according […]]]>

Kentucky added 10,499 new reported cases of COVID-19 last week and saw a drop in its positivity ratewhich fell between 15% and 20%, according to new figures released Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That’s a decrease from the previous week, when the positivity rate ranged from 20% to 25%, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker. This rate reflects positive tests out of the total tests recorded during the period.

On Friday, there were more counties in Kentucky at a low COVID-19 community level, now at 12 statewide.

Kentucky’s lowest counties include Bracken, Breckinridge, Caldwell, Calloway, Christian, Grayson, Henderson, Mason, Meade, Todd, Trigg, and Trimble counties.

Additionally, 37 counties are at a medium level and 71 are at a high level, where the CDC recommends wearing a mask in indoor public places.

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A look at Kentucky’s COVID-19 community levels, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Statewide, there have been 66 additional deaths from COVID-19, the CDC reported Thursday.

In Fayette County, the positivity rate fell by half a percentage point compared to the previous week, standing at 17.84% on Thursday.

Fayette and all adjacent counties remain among the 71 at a high community level.

The CDC assesses community levels by looking at the following factors:

  1. New cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population (seven-day total)

  2. New COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (seven-day total)

  3. Percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (seven-day average)

According to the CDC, when the community level is high, individuals should wear a good mask or respirator and consider limiting indoor activities if you are high risk.

People at medium to high risk should wear masks in indoor public places. Vaccinations and testing if symptoms appear are universal recommendations.

Hoping to encourage more Kentuckians to renew their immunity against COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear promises that he and his family will receive updated boosters for fast-spreading omicron strains.

“My whole family is going to get this reminder. My children, 12 and 13 (years old), will be getting this reminder. It is safe, and it will protect us, or protect us better, from the variant that exists now,” Beshear said at his weekly press conference Thursday in Frankfurt.

Updated reminders are recommended for anyone aged 12 and over who received their last dose at least two months ago. Many local health care providers are preparing to distribute them as soon as they are received.

“It doesn’t matter if you got three hits or four hits, you gotta get this one,” Beshear said.

Locations and appointments are available online at vaccines.gov.

Do you have a question about COVID-19 in Kentucky for our duty journalism team? We would love to hear from you. Complete our Know Your Kentucky form or email ask@herald-leader.com.

Aaron Mudd is a duty reporter at the Lexington Herald-Leader based in Lexington, Kentucky. He previously worked for the Bowling Green Daily News covering K-12 and higher education. Aaron has roots in Fayette, Marion, and Warren counties in Kentucky.
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7 recorded COVID deaths; 115 new cases, 21.6% positivity https://thany.org/7-recorded-covid-deaths-115-new-cases-21-6-positivity/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 21:48:00 +0000 https://thany.org/7-recorded-covid-deaths-115-new-cases-21-6-positivity/ The Ministry of Health and Welfare reports that 115 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded over a 24-hour period up to Thursday afternoon. Seven COVID-19 deaths that occurred from May 2021 to September 2022 were also recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in Jamaica to 3,277. A 96-year-old man from […]]]>

The Ministry of Health and Welfare reports that 115 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded over a 24-hour period up to Thursday afternoon.

Seven COVID-19 deaths that occurred from May 2021 to September 2022 were also recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths in Jamaica to 3,277.

A 96-year-old man from Kingston and St Andrew is among the latest recorded COVID deaths nationwide.

There were 83 recoveries that day, bringing the total to 97,342.

The newly confirmed COVID-19 cases brought the total number recorded for the island to 150,590.

Notably, the island recorded a positivity rate of 21.6% based on samples tested on Thursday.

Of the new confirmed cases, 79 are female and 36 are male, aged 45 days to 99 years.

The number of cases was made up of St Ann (31), Kingston and St Andrew (24), Manchester (12), St Catherine (12), St James (11), St Thomas (seven), St Elizabeth (six), Clarendon (five), Westmoreland (three), Hanover (two), Trelawny (one) and St Mary’s (one).

There are 23 moderately ill patients, three critically ill patients and three critically ill patients among the 950 active cases currently under observation in Jamaica.

There are now 101 COVID-19 patients hospitalized locally.

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COVID-19 positivity rate increases slightly at LincolnHealth https://thany.org/covid-19-positivity-rate-increases-slightly-at-lincolnhealth/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:10:25 +0000 https://thany.org/covid-19-positivity-rate-increases-slightly-at-lincolnhealth/ LincolnHealth’s COVID-19 test positivity rate rose slightly to 13.77% from 8.72% last week, according to hospital spokesman John Martins. Last week was the lowest positivity rate the hospital has seen since mid-June. For the week of August 29 through September 4, LincolnHealth performed 113 tests with 23 positive. LincolnHealth is preparing to receive the newly […]]]>

LincolnHealth’s COVID-19 test positivity rate rose slightly to 13.77% from 8.72% last week, according to hospital spokesman John Martins.

Last week was the lowest positivity rate the hospital has seen since mid-June.

For the week of August 29 through September 4, LincolnHealth performed 113 tests with 23 positive.

LincolnHealth is preparing to receive the newly approved booster for COVID-19 and preparing for a season of flu shot clinics that is expected to begin around Sept. 24, Martins said via email.

Community transmission, which is defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and describes the amount of COVID-19 spread in a community, is listed as “high.” This metric is used by healthcare facilities to determine infection control intervention, Martins said.

The community level, which describes the impact of COVID-19 on communities, is low for Lincoln County.

Community levels are calculated using the number of new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percentage of inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and the total number of new COVID cases -19 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. .

LincolnHealth offers the COVID-19 vaccine to anyone 6 months and older.

Call the MaineHealth Vaccine Assistant at 1-877-780-7545 or email vaccine@mainehealth.org for an appointment. An appointment is preferred and can be made by calling a Lincoln Medical Partners office or visiting vaccine.mainehealth.org.

MaineHealth maintains a database of COVID-19 information accessible at mainehealth.org/coronavirus-COVID-19/what-to-do.

The health system also recommends staying home if sick, testing for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or coming into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, and seeking treatment if needed.

According to data from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention as of Tuesday, September 6, since COVID-19 arrived in Lincoln County in March 2020, 6,251 residents have had the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus – 5,247 confirmed and 1,004 probable cases.

The death toll among Lincoln County residents remained at 40.

The number of residents hospitalized with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic has increased by two over the past week, to 94.

Lincoln County has a “moderate to high” rate of vaccine doses administered per 100,000 population compared to other counties in the state at 233,296.76. The number does not represent fully vaccinated individuals, and since the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines both require two doses, the number may be greater than 100,000.

Lincoln County census data provided by the Maine CDC lists a population of 34,634. Of those residents, 27,041, or 78.08%, received their first dose of the vaccine and 27,713, or 80.02%, received the second and final dose, according to agency data.

A total of 80,742 doses of vaccine were administered, 58 doses more than last week. Those counted in the final dose category either received the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

There were 26,046 additional or booster shots given to Lincoln County residents.

State COVID-19 Numbers

Based on current data as of September 6, the Maine CDC has reported 281,162 cases of COVID-19 in Maine, an increase of 2,894 from the previous week. Of these cases, 79,352 are probable.

There have been 5,517 hospitalizations in the state, including 119 reported last week. There have been 2,512 COVID-19 deaths in Maine so far, including 12 reported in the past week. The statewide case rate is 2,122.3 per 10,000 people, up from 2,113.0 last week.

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Positivity pays off, study finds https://thany.org/positivity-pays-off-study-finds/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 20:40:36 +0000 https://thany.org/positivity-pays-off-study-finds/ Can Thinking You Can Go Up The Hill Actually Make You Go Up The Hill? It is possible, according to a new study. People were more successful at a task relying on their working memory when they had cognitive training and learned that it would help them improve their performance, according to the study published […]]]>

Can Thinking You Can Go Up The Hill Actually Make You Go Up The Hill?

It is possible, according to a new study.

People were more successful at a task relying on their working memory when they had cognitive training and learned that it would help them improve their performance, according to the study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“This study was the first to demonstrate that participants’ expectations of how their cognitive performance ‘should’ change as a result of cognitive training can influence the actual results they show,” said Jocelyn Parong, lead author of the study and post-doctoral researcher. research associate department of psychology Learning and Transfer Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, via email.

“That is, those who expected their cognition to improve did indeed improve more after 20 training sessions than those who expected their cognition not to improve. , whether they underwent an actual working memory training intervention or a control training intervention.”

The divided study 193 people in two groups. According to the study, one group was told that cognitive training would help them perform better, and the other was not. Then half of each group did cognitive training, while the others played a simple trivia game.

All participants received training according to the study. But those who did best had the training and were told it would be helpful; therefore, they had more positive expectations, according to the study.

“For more than a decade, there has been ongoing scientific controversy over whether computerized cognitive training, such as ‘working memory training’ can be used to generally improve intellectual functioning. (cognitive),” said Jason Chein, professor of psychology. and Neuroscience at Temple University, via email. Chein did not participate in the study.

Studies have pointed out the effectiveness of such training, but some critics argue that the benefits may simply come from a placebo effect.

This study took this question head on by comparing the results of people who had taken the training with those who were not as good as those with high expectations and those with low expectations, he added.

“The strongest results may come from combining cognitive training strategies with encouraging participants about the likely benefits of investing in training,” Chein said.

Positivity pays

What can we learn from a study of working memory? On the one hand, positivity pays off.

“It can’t hurt to have positive attitudes or expectations about cognitive training interventions (or behavioral interventions in general) if you want to maximize your results,” Parong said.

Chein added that “the expectation that there can be change and benefit from one’s efforts can in itself be a powerful motivator for that change.”

It’s no surprise that a good attitude can make a difference. Many studies confirm this point.


A 2008 study by the University of California, Riverside Researchers have shown that happy people are more satisfied with their work and report having greater autonomy in their duties.

In addition, they perform better than their less happy peers and receive more support from their colleagues.

Being happy and optimistic can prolong your life, help manage stress, reduce risk death from cardiovascular disease and even protect you from colds, according to the Mayo Clinic.

There is some hope that studies like these will lead to more cognitive training tools that can be applied to enhance cognition and help us complete difficult tasks, Chein said.

This study had a solid methodology, Chein said, but added that there were still limitations to its scope, such as the researchers not knowing the belief systems or expectations with which the participants arrived.

“Readers should always be skeptical of overhyped claims about improving memory, attention, creativity, etc.,” he said.

Parong noted that his findings need to be replicated and that he still has some questions to answer “about when and how the expectation effect occurs.”

In his study, the expectation effect lasted as long as participants were unaware that the research team’s decisions had affected their expectations.

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Former UCF player continues to spread positivity through art https://thany.org/former-ucf-player-continues-to-spread-positivity-through-art/ Sat, 03 Sep 2022 20:07:00 +0000 https://thany.org/former-ucf-player-continues-to-spread-positivity-through-art/ ORLANDO, Fla. — Humble beginnings can spark great opportunities. “I just think of all the times I was dying running the stadium, now I’m here painting. It’s crazy,” said Aaron Evans, a former UCF offensive lineman. “Really it’s a 180. From the barbarisms to the eccentric artist. I guess they’re kind of related in the […]]]>

ORLANDO, Fla. — Humble beginnings can spark great opportunities.

“I just think of all the times I was dying running the stadium, now I’m here painting. It’s crazy,” said Aaron Evans, a former UCF offensive lineman.

“Really it’s a 180. From the barbarisms to the eccentric artist. I guess they’re kind of related in the extreme passion it takes to do things, but they’re so different,” Evans said.

A trip he often thinks about.

“I tell you that I don’t think I would be where I am without this wind that carried me through this ensuing season of my life,” Evans said.

He completed his first mural for UCF over three years ago. Since then, he has done five more on campus.

“Just driving is like my own personal gallery. It’s like a gallery in the car,” Evans said.

It’s an honor he doesn’t take for granted.

“I designed these murals for three months. Sketches and sketches and sketches. I stay up all night thinking about it,” Evans said.

After months of planning and a day of preparation, Evans returns to the Bounce House to begin his sixth UCF mural.

“This one. Oh yeah, that’s the ticket,” Evans said as she went through her art supplies.

It is the most complex mural to date.

“What worries me about this one is all the little creases because I want the line to be consistent,” Evans said.

But as he progresses, he finds his rhythm.

“Oh yes, it will be good. It’s going to be really good,” Evans said.

Evans remains grateful for taking the leap.

“Being an artist really allowed me to just be me and I was so scared to be me for a long time,” Evans said.

Follow your dreams while sending a powerful message.

“I see this as my vehicle now. The NFL was my vehicle before. I’m trying to get the message out to the masses that you are seen, you matter and you are loved, and whatever you want to do with your life, you should do it and you should be yourself, unabashedly,” Evans said.

Whether it’s hours of football practice or now days of painting, Evans’ reason remains the same.

“What fills my cup is being involved with people because life is about relationships. It’s about people. The thing about murals is you can connect with people all the time whether you’re there or not thanks to the energy I’m pouring on this wall With football it’s kind of the same with the fanbase because they can go out on a Saturday and they can see the fruits of your labor all week in practice,” Evans said.

Connecting with people, more specifically, Knight Nation.

“They supported me. They encouraged me. I wouldn’t be as successful as I am right now without Knight Nation,” Evans said.

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