Monthly Archives: August 2011

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

a) What is ego depletion?
Ego depletion is a term relating to decision fatigue. Ego depletion is how much energy you have inside of you which can be used up to the point you reach exhaustion. Relating this to decision making, it is our energy and capability to make the smarter decisions till our ego basically dies.
b) What is the key ingredient our brains need to lessen “ego depletion” or decision fatigue?
The key ingredient that our brains need to lessen “ego depletion” or decision fatigue is glucose, sugar. Foods that include glucose are pasta, bread, chocolate, and many others.
c) What is an example of decision fatigue you thought was most interesting from the article? Explain.
The most interesting example of decision fatigue is the one on page two, the example about Twenge, and the series of questions asked to the participants. I found this really interesting and fun to read. It was funny and made me smile when I read it. I can also totally imagine what the people would have gone through because I have too.
d) What is a personal example of decision fatigue you experienced in the past year? Explain.
An example of decision fatigue in my life was just this summer. We were in this huge mall in Bangkok and I really needed to buy new school clothes, there were six floors and tons and tons of stores. By the first floor, my cousin & I did not even have one bag of clothes, thinking we’d find better things on the floors above. We had one packet by the end of the second floor, and gradually got more. By the fifth floor we only had 3 bags and we were completely exhausted. On the fifth floor, I bought clothes worth 3 bags. We decided to go the sixth floor, even though we were exhausted. On the sixth floor, I had 6 bags, and my cousin had 5. Looking back, I now know how come we gradually started buying clothes as we reached the end. It is pretty funny to think about.
This article was really interesting and I hope to read more.
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PACED

In this assignment, we are using PACED to write a blog post relating to any of the definitions we have touched upon in class. P stands for the problem, A stands for alternatives, C stands for criteria, E stands for evaluate, and lastly D stands for decision. We have to find an article and apply PACED to it.

This article is about the worldwide shortage of medical doctors, mainly focusing on physicians. A physician is a medical practicer and provides health & care. They are extremely important and right now it is scarce. In the article it says that in 57 countries, there is a total shortage of 2.3 million physicians. This is an example of the economic term supply and demand. In this case, there is high demand of physicians and not enough supply.

The general problem is that there is a shortage (scarcity) of physicians. The alternatives for physicians are 1.) take physicians and allocate (distribute) them to places that have shortages, 2.) start paying students going into college to take the medical course, 3.) use regular doctors and let them train for a few years to be qualified as a physician.  The criteria for the alternatives would be, 1.) must be medically & academically qualified, 2.) willing to travel to other countries to serve there, 3.) must serve for at least 5 years to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

Evaluate

By looking at this table, distributing physicians from the countries that have a sufficient amount of physicians seems like the best idea in terms of being the most efficient and being the right choice economically. Also, I think it would be useful to pay college students to take the medical course. The second criteria, willing to travel to other countries to serve there, college students are not going to know at the very moment what is going to happen with there lives, if they are going to be satisfied with their decision later on in life or not. This is why college students are not very reliable. For the third criteria, it is pretty clear that most physicians do work five years, or more. It is a very important and top job, and they most of their lives dedicated to this job. The opportunity cost for the criteria that was the best, is if the physicians would be willing to work in other regions of the world. Without this, there will be an uneven amount of physicians, such as now, and this causes scarcity. This is the decision, the last part of PACED.

Link of the article: http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/7/07-046474/en/

What Defines my Identity?

What defines my Identity?

Part one: Comment on the two short stories we’ve read focusing on the idea of “identity”. How did the events in the narratives shape the identities of the two characters?

In The Boat, the death or process of loosing their fathers is the main event that shapes/shaped the two characters. Mainly, the loss made both the characters stronger, and in charge of their life. For example, in Shaving, Barry now had to take full responsibility of his life, his mother, and the house. The death makes them independent, they are no longer known as “Harry’s son.” (for example). But they are known as Barry, a man on his own, and has to keep up the family’s name. In The Boat, the narrator went back to getting his education, and taking responsibility of his life. Both of these characters had to make their own decisions and take a lead in their life.

Part two: Consider what has made you the person who you are today. What experiences have shaped your choices? What values have you inherited from your parents? What values have you acquired from your friends that may differ from your parents? Grandparents?

There are a lot of things that shape me as a person, and make me who I am. My life has been full of experiences, just like anyone else. For example, this summer, I spent two and a half weeks in Bangkok without my parents. I was with my sixteen year old cousin. I had the most wonderful, scary, enjoyable, and crazy experiences in Bangkok. I was influenced by a lot of my cousin’s there, for the better, and maybe a little for the worse. I learnt how to be more open as a person, more friendly. I learnt how to life without my parents for almost a month, basically being independent. I learnt how to manage my money and take responsibility of my belongings. I feel I have grown a lot as a person over the summer. My parents play the biggest role in my life. For me, they come first no matter what. They have taught me a countless number to values. Life lesson after life lesson. They have taught me about simply being a proper human being, no greed, no lying, no stealing. They have taught me to keep my integrity. My parents want my education to come first, but they aren’t the kind of parents who would keep my away from my friends, or keep me away from fun. Friends in high school usually like to do sort of wild things, such as drinking. That’s one thing that my parents would not like me experiencing at fourteen. Other than doing things that are illegal, my parents are pretty open-minded and accept all of my friends for who they are. I think my friends and parents have pretty much the same values so I don’t have to be confused about who to listen to at times. My grandfather often used to tell me to be respectful to my parents, keep my faith in God, and be a decent girl. These are all of values that make up myself.

Social Studies Class Reflection One

In these past few classes I have learnt a lot of new information and lessons that I didn’t know anything about before. I found the classes very interesting & fun, because it was new information that interested me. Firstly, we learnt what the definition of economics was. Economics is the study of how we choose to allocate (distribute) limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The concepts that we talked about were allocation, which is to make decisions to move your wealth in different piles (distribution), choice, which is choosing alternatives, opportunity cost, which is the best alternative you gave up, trade off,  is to give one thing for another, and lastly, scarcity, limited resources that are desirable. One key point is that we all have self- interest, and will do things for our own benefits. We also learnt an interesting fact, that people will be willing to save money if that amount being saved is a number that can be compared to the original price. The example was, if there was a calculator for 10,000yen & the price on sale in Osaka was 6,000, would go to Osaka to save that 4,000, or if a car for 2 million yen, and it was 4,000yen cheaper in Osaka, normally people wouldn’t go because 4,000yen seems small compared to 1.9 million yen, even though you’re saving the same amount with the calculator. I found this very interesting, it is a thing that normally people do often, but we never recognize and analyze our thoughts. Now that I have learnt this, I look back and remember examples when I did the same thing. Lastly, we learnt about the two schools of economy and the way they think their country should be run. Again, I found these classes interesting & I cannot wait to learn more.

 

I found articles which can be related to scarcity. For the less fortunate, there is a scarcity of water, shelter, food, and pay in Delhi, India. The link is:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2005-06-25/sunday-toi/27840642_1_heat-wave-scarcity-jharkhand

 

I can relate this to scarcity and what we learnt in class because all of water, shelter, food, and pay are a desirable resources, which is also limited in these people’s cases.

On the news a while ago, I heard that the UN announced that there is a scarcity of food in parts of Asia and Africa.

The link for this article is:

http://www.abcarticledirectory.com/Article/2011-Could-See-a-Crisis-in-Food-Scarcity-According-to-the-UN-Food-and-Agriculture-Organisation/1091023

Let’s play … make your own album cover!

Here are two of my album covers, couldn’t decide which one I liked better!:

Significant Pieces of Writing

Elsewhere                                               

Elsewhere, a book about anormal 16-year-old girl who was looking forward to the rest of her life. Then suddenly, she was hit by a taxi while riding her bicycle. After death, this girl then goes to a place called elsewhere. Elsewhere was a place where people went after death, and there age went backwards, till before they were just born. Liz then meets her grandma,

which she had nevermet before. She had the most wonderful memories with her grandma, but was still miserable because she would never get to do the things she had planned and was looking forward too such as prom, getting a driver’s license, & getting married.

But in elsewhere, she had the best experiences too. She got a job, fell in love, made new friends, & gets closer to her grandmother. I personally loved this book because I can relate to it emotionally & to her ‘goals’ in life. I could not imagine dying at 16 and living somewhere else till I become un-born. It would be an extremely hard journey including all the mixed emotions.

The way the author presented the main character and wrote the story around her made it impossible for me to put the book down. While reading this book, I tended to look over my past and contemplate about my future. I also do want to get my driver’s license, go to prom, get married, and so on. But to die as a teenager, when things are already so tough,it is challenging.

I think for anyone, parents, teachers, or even grandparents, it is hard to go backwards, because everyone is looking for forward to something in their lives. To read a book about how a teenage girl went back in time, really makes people think. How would you feel in this situation?

Marcelo in the Real World   

Marcelo in the Real World is a book a about a teenage boy who 17 and has is autistic. He very often hears music in his head, which no one else can hear. He is also very emotional and feels strongly about what he thinks is right.  In this story, Marcelo, has to go to work as a mail man at the law firm where his father works, in order to go to the school of his choice. Marcelo’s life changes during this summer, as he meets new people, and falls in love. He was taken out of a place where he was comfortable, and had to adjust to the public and learn to be independent. Marcelo learns to stand up for himself & defend what he thinks is right.

I enjoyed reading this book, not because I could relate to it, because I felt a connection with Marcelo, including feelings like sympathy for the way his father treated him. I could understand why Marcelo did the things he did, such as a defend and help a girl that was abused and ignored. I felt joy when I read the way Marcelo and Jasmine interacted and understood each other.

This book never got dull, even when the most slightest things were mentioned. I would suggest this book to people who like alive and optimistic stories, and probably a teenager rather than an adult.

Hiroshima  

This story is about the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and what happened after, such as the hospital situations. It was mainly based on five characters and the hard experiences they went through.

I honestly did not like this read at all because it was really depressing to read & it was frustrating turning the pages when it hurt to read the book. Reading about people’s dead bodies & all the rubble was not a fun book to read. I would prefer watching it in the form of a movie because I find it easier to digest the facts. How about you?

It was not a very interesting book either, most of the facts were things I had learnt, or irrelevant to what I needed to know. The details were stretched, which was not really necessary. I was very interested about Hiroshima when we learnt about it in fifth grade, but when it came to re-doing in ninth grade, it became a drag.

I would recommend this book to teenagers & adults to have not studied Hiroshima in details. People who like reading non fiction books and enjoy details.

 

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