Friday, April 28, 2006

Socializing

"Social networks -- such as having close friends and staying in contact with family members -- help protect against the damaging effects of Alzheimer's disease a new U.S. study finds."
-AP News

"Intelligence is function of feedback. The more feedback you get, the more intelligent you become. The less feedback you get, the stupider you become."
-Robert Anton Wilson

6 comments:

The Pagan Temple said...

Makes sense, in that everybody pretty much knows the brain needs exercise in the way of intellectual stimulation, emotional stimulation is doubtless just as vital.

texacaligal said...

I'm actually doing my dissertation on the social networks of grad students (particularly those associated with Texas). As a grad student in California from Texas, it was hard to adjust and I would immediately connect with other students from Texas. It did help. I'm trying to get in touch with more grad students through my own blog to ask about their experiences.

Rufus said...

I'll point my wife that way. She just did a seminar paper for her graduate social work program on just that topic. She might know the material.

texacaligal said...

Great! Thanks rufus!

texacaligal said...

All this stress of waiting for responses for interviews has got me smoking again. I know it is a nasty habit but grad school is extremely stressful. Good point is I am now rollin' my own and I've gotten quite adept at it. I had a professor the other day describing his stint as a truck driver during the summer (something my own father did for 30 years). He went on to say that he didn't think as a truck driver. Now I understand that he didn't mean to offend anyone but I was personally taken aback and I know my fact showed it. Have you had any experiences like this where profs or students "forget" that their lives are not the only ones where people think or that academia is not the only locale where people "think"?

Rufus said...

I've had a few incidents where they've forgotten that students think, but none with outside jobs. I can imagine it happens.