How do you remember Jewish lives when nothing remains?
Author Marysia Galbraith has kindly let the Bama Anthro Blog Network repost from the original site here. A defining question of my study is turning out to be: How do you remember Jewish lives in Poland when nothing remains? Or when there are only scattered traces? I certainly started with next to nothing when I began the search for my own family story. Since then, I have found so much—most extraordinarily many living relatives. I’m gathering up the fragments of the past—a half remembered story, a photograph, a birth record. And pieced together, something fuller is emerging. It’s still impossibly far from the rich lives that have passed, but it nevertheless gives me a much better sense of where I come from. All this resonates with an article I read in the Atlantic, which although it is about the tension between science and belief in God, makes the point that the more knowledge... read more ❯
Changes in coping throughout adulthood
Manfred Diehl, Helena Chui, Elizabeth L. Hay are part of the Adult Development and Aging Project (ADAPT) at Colorado State University. Their mission is "To contribute to the knowledge about healthy and successful adult development and aging through research, education, and collaborative outreach." Dr. Diehl received his PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University and is interested in psychological development throughout the course of adulthood. Diehl, Chui, Hay, and colleagues performed a longitudinal study of the change in coping and defense mechanisms across adulthood. Starting in 1992, they recruited 392 adolescents and adults, the majority of which were of European American descent. 129 of the original sample completed data for all four samples, in 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2004. Participants were asked to two 2-hour testing sessions each time. In order to measure coping and defense mechanisms, the California Psychological... read more ❯
Themes in exercise adherence vs. dropout
After reading Greg Downey's The Encultured Brain chapter on neural enculturation in capoeira and Lisa Heywood's 2011 article advocating a cultural neuropychology of sport, I thought a lot about how these articles applied to physical activity in general. What makes people commit to physical activity? This isn't a question I'm unfamiliar with. As a chronic yo-yo dieter and infrequent exerciser (who has the time anyway?), this is something I've asked myself for years, only to find myself lacking motivation again and again despite the colorful articles found online and in pop-culture magazines promising to give me a new outlook on my physical health and help me form lasting fitness-related habits. Lisa Pridgeon and Sarah Grogan provide insight into why adherence to an exercise regimen in difficult for some by exploring themes shared by people (adherers and non-adherers) who, currently or at one point, held gym memberships. Pridgeon was advised in this project by Grogan, a professor... read more ❯
Inclusion of Developmental Disabilities in Church
I used this article because it showed that current research proves that children with a developmental disability on the autistic spectrum are helped by their participation in church settings. It proved helpful by showing what benefits religious involvement could help children with autism. Article: "Inclusion of people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities in communities of faith by J. Vogel, E. Polloway, and J. Smith, published in 2006 in Mental Retardation read more ❯