When I Am A Doctor

Jefferson University came out with a scale in which patients are able to rate how empathetic their doctors are. With not surprising results, their results showed that doctors who displayed a higher ranking on the scale (i.e. more empathetic) reflect patients who recovered faster.

Pertaining to our discussions and the documentary, the ablest conflation is probably most evident within the medical community, granted that the discipline is geared towards curing ailments and/or disabilities. What I find so difficult about being a physician in the upcoming year is how to walk the line between providing care for others without making assumptions about the negativity of their states.

Would I would be interested in understanding is how the ablest conflation, or lackthereof for a better analysis, impacts the Jeffersonian scale of empathy. I hypothesize that doctors who display a decreased hold of the ablest conflation would have higher ratings on the scale than doctors who do hold the conflation. By understanding the sociopsychological impact of healthcare providers, we can optimize the best quality and direction of care for future patients.

The Glorious Journey For My Food Baby

Well, when I was thinking about doing this assignment, I believed the best way to do it was to be efficient with my time. That being said, I decided to round up a couple of my pals and embark on an adventure to go grant me a glorious food baby at a restaurant I’ve never been to. Our answer – the korean mexican fusion restaurant Takorea.

Well just think about the entire experience, I had to walk in my big hiking boots all the way to michael street parking garage, which let me tell ya, is not the shortest hike on campus. After getting into and managing to work the machine that is the contemporary automobile, I picked up two of my friends and embarked downtown for this illustrious place.

When we finally got there the first thing I realized is there is no ramp! How if I didn’t have my two legs was I able to dine at this place? After we finally get in, which there were no sitting chairs to wait our 10 minutes, we finally go to our table. Then I start to get hella metaphysical thinking about our discussion of the chair in class. I think to myself, well a table and chair is such a constricting apparatus but it serves such a vital function. What would be the alternative? The same goes with bowls and cups. Yes they are meant to be constrictive by holding food and water, but isn’t that something that needs to occur?

Anyways, I brush these thoughts to the side and indulge in my bbq tacos. All I can think of is that good thing they made this place for humans!

Cold Turkey is the Best Way to Quit Smoking?

With an estimated 40 million people smoking in the United States, scientist are eager to increase public health by developing the most efficient way of breaking this classically identified detrimental habit. CNN covered a story in which they were taking a look at a study which compared the “cold turkey” abrupt quit method compared to the gradual reduction method. The link to the article is below:


Through my analysis of the article, I found that the author did a satisfactory job at objectively critiquing the article, except for one major flaw, the title. “Cold turkey is the best way to quit smoking, study says” implies that such a method is best for all conditions of smoking and smoking populations. While the author cites unbiased third party views and even contrasting studies, this title is not what I would have chosen. The major weaknesses of this study were that it was primarily composed of white participants in the UK and were not randomized. These were a group of homogenous people from a cultural region that was not the United States seeking this study for a specific purpose. These factors could be mediating the correlation that determined an underlying relationship between success rate of quitting and method.

The Beauty of Human Perception

Sorry to come off the boat a little late but I had limited internet over break.

If we are going to discuss the phenomena that are uniquely human, we must ascertain that these characteristics are

  1. not present in non-human entities
  2. present among ALL humans

While 1 may be an easier task to accomplish, two provides much more trouble. When thinking about these fundamental issues, I cannot say for certain that I can come up with three distinct things. However the following do come to mind:


A scene of Socrates drinking the Hemlock for not retracting his philosophical views.

Aristotle once said, “Better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.” One aspect that I believe is evidently true to a normally developed human is that they have the mental capabilities to understand their nature, environment, and actions. Furthermore, humans can use this tool to navigate space and time in a manner which best suits their survival. While other species may copy this, it is humans which have perfected the art.

Multi-modal communication

The ability to develop a form of communication that can both take multiple types of stimuli and transcend the temporal limits of that stimuli are unlike any other form of life on earth. Whether spoken language, written texts, art work, wave forms, etc, humans have found a way to reproduce and readily transmit their thoughts unlike any other life form on earth.

Bipedal locomotion with Opposable Thumbs

This is kind of a cop out, but its true. Humans are the only naturally occuring species that exhibits a two legged primary form of locomotion with opposable thumbs. These adaptations are the platform for which the previous two characteristics

were able to develop.

A Donde Esta El Pre-Frontal Cortex?

annoying childhood. . mu ms spillt) M. comes over to your house; "i'm the guest, i can do what i want." you go over to his house; " its my house, i do what i want"

Jack is a 9 y/o male presenting with alleged inhibition of impulsivity control that manifests in profanity, physical abuse, and refusal of commands (such as bed time). From his past social and medical history, some risk factors that are associated with the development of Jack’s symptoms are the following: lack of personalized attention due to the absence of his father and the demands of his mother who has multiple other children, his mom’s previous history of substance abuse, the fact that his immediate family has multiple siblings.

The consequences of a large family with one immediate caretaker is that Jack socially learns through his siblings while his mom oftens rewards his aggressive behavior, who doesn’t have the time to wait otherwise.

Regarding protective factors, Jack’s environmental social and medical history attest to the following: jack’s toxicology during birth was clean, his grandmother provides additional support, he’s makes good grades, his IQ is average.

These factors attest that Jack’s current pathological behavior is not influencing his cognitive academic abilities. Regarding this part of mental development, Jack appears to be fine.

My best hypothesis is that Jack, being young and lacking the development of his prefrontal cortex, is experiencing difficulties with impulsivity, goal-orientation, and attention. Behavioral techniques I would recommend are Parent Management Training. I would recommend to Jack’s caretakers to not reward the aggressive behavior or engaged jack during it. Without affection and attention during these outbursts so that these behaviors may become extinct.

The Genetic Component of Childhood Aggression

Warrior gene. Sounds like you almost want to have it. Like there’s some aztec-ey spirit lying inside you which will make you look like the people of Atlantis once its activated.

Unfortunately its not that outwardly cool. The warrior gene has been called into question because with the correct allele, the chance of displaying a phenotypically aggressive child increases. However there is one caveot to this statement. There must also be the presence of a difficult early childhood environment in order to catalyze this manifestation.

How exactly does this work? To put it simply, aggression has been linked with fluctuations of serotonin, a neurotransmitter. Serotonin has previously been classified as the “happiness” chemical within the brain. The way the warrior gene effects serotonin levels is that it increases the reuptake of these neurotransmitters within the brain. Therefore, there is less serotonin to activate the neurons and thus less transmission.

In the study that I analyzed, researchers found that when you block the activation of these “reuptakers,” rats have displayed rescuing effects. I.e. those that may have had the warrior gene activated, when presented with a chemical that blocks the reuptake of serotonin, makes the rats less aggressive. These forms of drugs are similar to those presented to treat depression as well. This could be one possible treatment to tackle childhood aggression.




What do we do when we go to museums? Plain and simple, we look at stuff. A lot of stuff. However, what people don’t really realize is that art is a two way street. Just as we are looking at objects, those objects are looking back at us. The purpose of this picture was to be framed in such a way that this jaguar jar is staring at a museum participant.

Oddly in a weird way, museums as a way of bridging two worlds together – one of the original artist to that of the contemporary viewer, with the art as a medium. However, while the human is able to move around and explore their surroundings, the art is trapped within the glass case, representative of the limitations of the original artist’s influence and a reminder that the museum is where the art must stay.

No Country For Psychopaths

Psychopathy is a condition characterized by empathy deficits. Empathy has been described within the scientific community as an umbrella term to describe several behavioral and mental phenomena. Empathy has been hypothesized to break down into larger cohorts of emotional and cognitive empathy. Emotional empathy entails behaviors such as state matching while cognitive empathy entails aspects such as theory of mind.

Within the many mediums of the media there are also many ways of portraying psychopaths. Out of all the representations I have seen, no one strikes me closer to the true representation as this man.

Meet Anton Chigurh. He’s the antagonist within the critically acclaimed film, “No Country for Old Men.” What makes Anton such a beautiful psychopath is the way he interprets his actions. While other psychopaths are portrayed preforming heinous actions like eating human flesh and binging on emotional rages, Anton does quite the opposite. Progressing through the film, he is focused on his mission to retrieve his money from a drug deal, and doesn’t hesitate to kill anyone in his way. The key to his performance and authenticity is the lack of any remorse or even possibly a baseline comprehension of the normative deviations of his actions. The result is an utterly captivating viewing experience and a respected look into the mindset of a true psychopath.

When You’re In the Business of Deceiving…

Banksy is no stranger to con-ing.

In the movie “Exit through the Gift Shop,” A.K.A. Exit, we are told the story of Tierry, an eccentric Frenchman who goes from being a cinematographer to Mr. Brainwash, a contemporary street artist. Guided by Banksy, the big controversy is whether the film is authentic or an elaborate rouse to promote/criticize Banksy’s work. The film is “a Banksy film” but we rarely see him at all. He pops from the shadows to say, “art is bit like a joke,” which gets us thinking – are we the joke?

The answer is that we do not know. But we question this production more than any other documentary. Whether the medium in which he presents his art (i.e. illegal street art), the nature he presents his art (i.e. autonomously), or the content of his art (i.e. mudracking and tertiary connotations), Banksy is in the business of deceiving. With deception being the nature of his work, it comes to no surprise that we, as the audience, look at any of his productions with a doubter’s gaze.

Yet another meta analysis of street art culture

Regardless of being a con or not, Exit provides the viewer a reflexive documentary about the nature of street art. Even the nature of the argument at hand can be perceived as art itself, prolonging the debate which the film has started.

Arab American Man.

Treat her out for dinner. What do you mean you didn’t do well. Stop being so immature. You should really learn Arabic, you have to stay in touch with your roots. Call jetto and teta (grandmother and grandfather) they always ask about you and its rude not to answer them. Never drink the punch at that frat because they usually spike it. The key to making good tabbouleh is to keep the grape leaves tight. Why, why do you ask, because I said so. Always tip one dollar at the bar to thank your bar tender. You know I’m always proud of you. Always call me when you arrive at your destination. The reason you didn’t do well is because you didn’t study enough. Never add the read receipts on your texts. I am so happy you don’t have tattoos or piercings. Wake up at 10:00 tomorrow so we can get to church on time. Be careful when switching gear shifts. So you’re not coming home for spring break? Swipe to the right to change the snapchat filters.