Archive for March, 2009

Gypsy Women:Psychological Articles on Types of Discrimination

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Gypsy Fortune Teller

Gypsy Fortune Teller


By Boomeryearbook.com

Gypsy is a term which was basically used for the Romanian people in the sixteenth century. In the present times it represents English people who live in freely, with few encumbrances, and while not specifically members of any traveling group, are still primarily nomadic. The birth of a child is a great event for them and they believe in having large families. Their art and literature is gripped with the notion of immortality. Gypsies typically are dark skinned people, are highly superstitious, and are believed to indulge in witchcraft. Psychological articles inform us that stealing, conniving and duplicitous behavior are stereotypical attributes that are frequently associated with Gypsies. Oftentimes Gypsies have been noted walking the streets for money, poorly clothed and dirty, and thus instilling the fear of being robbed in the minds of those they pass. Psychological articles report that mainstream people regard Gypsies as unwashed and unclean; taken food from public disposal areas, homeless and nomadic, and even training their children to beg.

While originally thought to have come from Romania, (i.e., some new speculation believes they originated in India) Gypsies are not primarily restricted to Romania. They are people on the move of any religion or cast who are nomadic. Banjaras, in India are considered Gypsies and are thought to have practices different from other Indian groups or residents. Also, there are the Sea Gypsies of South-East Asia, and numerous “travelers” in the US and other Western Countries.

Gypsies are notorious for being strange looking and oddly dressed, and are believed to be practicers of voodoo and other forms of witchcraft. When you enter a fortune teller’s house you typically find a Gypsy woman with tarot cards sitting in the middle of a room with a yellow lamp lit above her head. Over the centuries fortune telling and practices of magic has been associated with gypsies; and founded or not, Gypsies often find themselves as a focus of types of discrimination.

Most Americans view Gypsies as a little dangerous but nonetheless fun and exciting people, as Gypsies traditions are tinged with tribal color. A Gypsy woman wears a long colorful skirt with huge, heavy earrings, other dangling jewelry, and married women typically don a colorful head scarf. They also wear good luck charms and other items to warn off evil spirits. Their diet consists of whatever is available as they are always on the move.

Famous Gypsy Women:

From a more positive perspective, we must mention a few very famous Gypsies who have secured some excellent achievements in life and have a claim to fame. Some of the most prominent Gypsy women are:

• Micaela Flores Amaya, a Flamenco dancer. She grew up in Barcelona and became a dancer, cinema actress and painter.
• Rosa Taikon Janush whose jewelry designs are very popular in Sweden.
• Katarzyna Pollok from the Ukraine belongs to a tribe of Gypsies and is a famous painter and sculptor.
• From Austria, Ceija Stojka a great writer, who was the first Romanian to write a literary work about the Holocaust. She is a painter and a poetess too.
• From Russia, Olga Pankova, a writer and a poetess.
• Another Gypsy scientist from Russia is Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, who was recognized as a genius in mathematics.
• Dunja Rajter is another successful Gypsy woman from Croatia who has become a lead actress and singer. Her most important work is the social support programs she ran for war affected children.

The Psychological Article on Gypsy Women is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on World Religions, Spirituality, and Solutions to Types of Discrimination. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

Religious Symbols: One World Many Faiths

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Re energize your Brain

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Psychological Articles Resolving Elderly Problems for Baby Boomers

Psychological Articles Resolving Elderly Problems for Baby Boomers


By Boomeryearbook.com

Every muscle in our body needs exercise as exercise allows our bodies to work longer and to fuller potential. Similarly, it is important to exercise and refresh the energies of our brains. Some common elderly problems the baby boomer generation suffers from are depression and Alzheimer. By exercising the brain baby boomers can keep these problems at bay. Psychological articles suggest eight ways to re-invigorate the brain:

1. Ask Why? Questioning the reason behind things is a healthy exercise for the brain. As we move farther into adulthood we suppress questioning, which can restrict our brain power. Therefore let’s make our brains challenged and get curiosity percolating by asking why for at least 10 minutes a day.
2. Laugh. Laughter releases endorphins and other positive chemicals into our system and makes us feel great by relieving us of stress, another one in the list of elderly problems. Laughing is great medicine to improve brain health.
3. Remember. Recalling things can serve as a brain energizer; as it provides new solutions to problems, as well as creating positive emotional states as one remembers moments from past history. Therefore, it is advised that you take down your picture albums and frequently sit and reminisce about past joys.
4. Do a puzzle. Working on puzzles keeps the brain active and refreshed. It serves as a great brain exercise and is strongly recommended for brain re-energizing. Additionally, online optical illusions are a great way of keeping the brain alert and beating elderly problems facing the boomer generation.
5. Play. Playing different types of games refreshes mood and spirit and leaves a positive impact on brain energy by providing an opportunity to think logically and strategically. Listen up Baby Boomers! We need to remember to play and have fun.
6. Learn new things. Learning new information increases brain energy. Try learning something new everyday, it can be a certain work topic, a word or some leisure activity teaching, but learn, grow, learn. It can be as simple as looking up and learning one new vocabulary word per day as it helps the brain to think in new ways, hence bringing new ideas to the mind and energizing it.
7. Write. Writing journal entries or blogging is terrific brain energy. It helps generate new ideas and encourages the mind to be more creative. Thinking up new ways to use words in varying patterns is great brain fuel and truly expands brain’s capacity. Psychological articles also advise that it is doubly effective if you write with the purpose of having someone read your work. So Baby Boomers, how about writing stories for your grandchildren to read or writing newsletters, or journaling, or one easy way to start is to write your story or share your dreams at Boomer Yearbook, the website for elderly problems facing the boomer generation.
8. Exercise. Exercise brings more blood flow to the brain, resulting in more oxygen which ensures a healthy and beautiful brain. Oxygenated brains are also capable of fueling fresh and new ideas; and of course exercise is not only great for the brain but also for combating elderly problems such as osteoporosis and high cholesterol levels. Exercise possibilities are limitless, such as dancing, swimming or just a walk around the block with your dog.

The Psychological Article on Re energize your Brain is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on elderly problems and their solutions. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Green Tea Diet: Weight Loss and Other Health Benefits Of Green Tea

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Elderly Problems Can be Resolved by Drinking Green Tea

Elderly Problems Can be Resolved by Drinking Green Tea

A Psychological Article on Resolving Elderly Problems


By Boomeryearbook.com

Green tea has many health advantages, such as healthy weight reduction. It prevents rapid weight gaining even after a specific period of time which is not done by other diets such as pills and low calorie or high fat diets. It is important to know that regular green tea has more uses than the decaffeinated blend because the use of chemicals in the decaffeinating process decreases benefits.

Origins of Green tea

Green tea is from a plant called Carmellia Sinensis and was discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung when he was boiling water and a few leaves from a tress fell into it. From that time forward, the Chinese have used it as a medicinal drink.

The way Green tea is processed attaches health advantages to it that besides helping in losing weight can help with many elderly problems. In contrast to the Black tea which gets full oxidation during processing, Green tea is steamed which helps preserve its natural antioxidants. However, a word of caution for sensitive baby boomers as Caffeine is a stimulant that can keep you awake at night, cause palpitations, and in some individuals, hypertension. Nonetheless, the quantity of caffeine in green tea is relatively small, and typically does not cause jitters.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

1. Cancer prevention A powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG is present in Green tea which destroys cancer cells and prevents them from forming. Moreover, it protects our skin form ultraviolet radiation. Green tea builds defense against elderly problems like prostrate cancer, ovarian cancer, and stomach cancer, cancer of colon, breast and oral cancers.

2. LDL cholesterol reduction EGCG can stop clots from forming in blood. A Chinese study conducted on 240 people on green tea diet, found that those on a daily green tea intake for twelve days saw significant drops in harmful cholesterol levels.

3. Weight loss. Green tea intake is found to surge energy. A research by American and Swiss scientists conducted in Geneva has proved that the natural disbursement of the body’s energy shoots up by four percent because of EGCG in green tea.

4. Obesity prevention Green Tea can treat obesity as it has catechin polyphenols which can defer or lull the gastric reaction and pancreatic lipases, enzymes that convert calories into body fats. Green tea can prevent obesity by deferring the activity of these enzymes.

The presence of caffeine in green tea helps suppress appetite but the quantity of caffeine is not that high as compared to coffee and some cola drinks. To sum it all up, green tea offers numerous health advantages and prevents many elderly problems, along with a long history in China as a medicinal beverage. It is no doubt a natural way to lose weight and reduce body fat. Green tea is also available in pills, capsules and green tea patches but it is psychological articles advise that it is best taken in liquid form.

The Psychological Article on Green Tea Diet: Weight Loss and Other Health Benefits Of Green Tea is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Pole Dancing for the Baby Boomer Generation

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Baby Boomers and Pole Dancing

Baby Boomers and Pole Dancing

By Boomeryearbook.com

Dancing is an self-expressive art form, and pole dancing, similar to other dance styles, is a combination of self-expression as well as a performance art. For those who have been living under a rock, pole dancing can be characterized as a synergy of sensual dancing and gymnastic skills displayed by a singular artist/entertainer using a vertical pole as a prop. Initially only done in strip clubs and gentlemen’s clubs, today pole dancing is performed in non-erotic venues such as circuses, cabarets and other mainstream stage performances.

Advanced pole dancing requires remarkable strength, muscle co-ordination, flexibility, stamina, and endurance. In strip clubs however, it doesn’t require many gymnastic skills, as the dancers can simply hold the pole; while in other venues the pole is used for climbs, spins and body inversions. The key to a well performed, proficient pole dance is upper body and core strength.

Recently, pole dancing has acquired popularity as a form of an exercise. It can be used as, both an aerobic and non aerobic workout. Many well known fitness clubs are offering a program in pole dancing. In such classes mostly women and sometimes men use a pole as the workout prop. The exercise really enhances upper body strength and does overall toning of the body.

Pole Dancing For Baby Boomers

It may come as a surprise to many that pole dancing has a solution for many elderly problems. It is not only a social activity but it also holds the key to solve many common elderly problems. It can not only cheer us up by pumping up endorphins, it also improves overall heath, reduces stress, burns calories, lowers cholesterol and can help fight dementia.

Health

While it may not be the most conventional way of burning calories and losing weight, it is no doubt one of the most fun ways. It can burn as many calories as does a spinning class and other gym session, and is one of the easiest ways to beat winter blues, a widely experienced elderly problem as it improves overall blood circulation.

Pole dancing is a very unique way of strengthening the leg and hip bones. In addition to that, in order to master the moves, one has to perform them repeatedly which builds up stamina and lowers blood pressure.

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is undoubtedly one of the most challenging elderly problem today. Pole dancing surprisingly helps fight Alzheimer’s as it involves memorizing steps and techniques, and engaging the participant in a challenging brain activity; and psychological articles inform us that mental challenges keep our brains fit and can protect us from all forms of dementia.

Pleasure

In addition to medical benefits, pole dancing provides a chance to enjoyment without too much exertion. Thus, the excitement caused by the experience allows the body to release endorphins; making us happier, more energetic, and definately sexier!

Today, there is a growing worldwide effort to make pole dancing a serious sport as well as art form. It’s not only fun but can be the road to overall improved mental and physical health, as it builds endurance, flexibility, agility, co-ordination, stamina,strength and sex appeal.

So what are we waiting for baby boomers? It’s time for us to get moving.

Pole Dancing for the Baby Boomers Generation is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly Problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Bezold Effect in Online Optical Illusion

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Psychological Articles Explaining Online Optical Illusions

By Boomeryearbook.com

The Bezold Effect is one of the classical optical illusions which has become the basis of many online optical illusions. Wilhelm von Bezold, a German professor of meteorology, discovered this effect in the nineteenth century. According to this effect, the perception of color brightness changes with respect to adjacent colors. You can find this effect in many online optical illusions that trick observers into believing that a color in the illusion changes.

According to the Bezold Effect, lighter colors look darker and dimmer when placed in adjacent to lighter colors and they look brighter when placed adjacent to darker colors. On the other hand, darker colors become sharper and lighter when placed in adjacent to lighter colors and vice versa. Creators of online optical illusions use this phenomenon to create many great optical illusionary effects.

Bright Color Against Bright and Dull Backgrounds

Figure 1 is a demonstration of one of the online optical illusions based on this effect.

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Figure 1

In this online optical illusion, the red strips with the black background looks brighter than the red strips with the white background. Look again at the red strip at the border between the white and the black background. You will notice that the red strips are actually of same brightness! The trick in this online optical illusion lies in the Bezold Effect due to the differences in background.

There is a wide range of online optical illusions that are based on this effect.

Figure 2 shows another online optical illusion that applies the Bezold Effect.

Dull Color against Bright and Dull Backgrounds
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Figure 2

In this online optical illusion, the gray line looks dimmer against the dull green background, whereas it looks brighter against the bright purple background. This is because both the green and the gray colors in this online optical illusion are dull colors. On the other hand, the dull gray line becomes brighter due to the bright purple background.

Both the above online optical illusions work on the principle of Bezold Effect, as this amazing effect has enabled the creation of many fascinating online optical illusions presented in previous Boomer Yearbook articles.

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Online Optical Illusion: Café Wall Illusion

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Psychological Articles Explaining Online Optical Illusions

By Boomeryearbook.com

Café Wall Illusion is a classical online optical illusion; reported in 1979 by Professor Richard L. Gregory and Priscilla Heard of The University of Bristol, England. They derived this pattern from a pile of white and black ceramic tiles on the front wall of a café at St Michael’s Hill, Bristol. Later, this pattern became a very popular online optical illusion. This online optical illusion is another example of the limitations in the human optical system, leading the brain to form deceptive impressions.

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In this optical illusion, your see rows of alternate black and white blocks with gray borders. What do you perceive about the horizontal lines in this online optical illusiononline optical illusion are parallel and straight. Don’t believe us? Measure it yourself by placing a ruler against each line.

Explanation of Café Wall online optical illusion

There are various explanations for the Café Wall online optical illusion. Psychological articles give a neuropsychological explanation suggesting that this online optical illusion results from limitations in the balancing act of the inhibitory and excitatory neurons in the brain. Psychological articles inform us that inhibitory neurons dim down perceived bright areas while excitatory neurons brighten perceived dark areas. Hence, in this online optical illusion, the areas in which white is prominent, become dimmed, and the areas surrounded by dark areas are brightened.

Moreover, the limitation in the reaction between the two neurons projects slopes on the straight line. The slopes are in opposite directions according to the dimmed and brightened areas. Hence, you see the straight lines in this online optical illusion to be wavy.

The Café Wall online optical illusion works on the principle of contrast. Along with numerous other online optical illusions explained in Boomer Yearbook that also result from the effect of contrast on the perception of the visual stimulus.

This Psychological Article on Online Optical Illusions is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of out of the box suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems and keep our brains young. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Ambiguous Online Optical Illusions

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Psychological Articles Explaining Online Optical Illusions

By Boomeryearbook.com

The Web is a storehouse of a plethora of online optical illusions. These online optical illusions can be categorized into various groups; with Ambiguous online optical illusion being one classification. In ambiguous illusions, the foreground and the background are the main factors that create the deceptive illusion.

Swiss artist Sandro Del-Prete is credited for the creation of some really cool paintings, such as “The Message of Love from the Dolphins”, “Folded Chess Set”, and ‘St. George The Dragon Slayer”. These paintings have become popular online optical illusions that have mesmerized many Web surfers. The online optical illusion “St. George the Dragon Slayer” is a portrait of St. George: Check out the following figure.

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Sandro Del-Prete

If you look carefully at this online optical illusion, you can also see the less obvious fight between St. George and the dragon. Can’t see it? Let me give you a hint. Look at St. George’s hair to see St. George on a horse fighting the dragon.

“St. George The Dragon Slayer” is a wonderful example of an ambiguous online optical illusions; as it shows that an ambiguous online optical illusion is a combination of two actual comprehensible images. It creates an illusion because the human eye focuses on one particular visual element and brings it to the foreground. The other elements act as the background. The brain perceives the image in the foreground while the background acts merely as a complement to the foreground image. By changing the viewer’s focus of sight, (i.e., telling the viewer where to look) you can shift the foreground and the background in ambiguous online optical illusions to see the background image. However, you cannot see both images at the same time. This is where online optical illusions come in.

Sandro Del-Prete has not only created this wonderful painting, “St George The Dragon Slayer”, but the painting is also an online optical illusion that has mesmerized, tricked and amazed human eyes.

This Psychological Article on Online Optical Illusions is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of out of the box suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems and keep our brains young. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Effect of After-Image and Online Optical Illusion

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Pscyhological Article on After Image Effects in Online Optical Illusions

Pscyhological Article on After Image Effects in Online Optical Illusions

Psychological Article Explaining After-Image in Online Optical Illusions


By Boomeryearbook.com

Online optical illusions result from varying artificially constructed factors as well as resulting from imperfections in the optical system. One of these features that contributes to the development of online optical illusions is the after-image effect. Psychological articles explain the ‘After image’ as the effects wherein the eyes continue seeing an object even after you have stopped looking at the object. The after-image effect enables the formation of many magical online optical illusions.

The formation of American flag is a popular online optical illusion incorporating the after-image effect. Take a look at the above picture.

It may be really surprising to find that yes, this online optical illusion will create the American Flag. We’ll show you how this happens utilizing after-images to create the red white and blue impression of the American flag.

Where is the American Flag?

The American flag is right here, in this online optical illusion. Fix your sight at the border between the yellow box and the strips in this image for about 20 seconds. If you still do not see the American flag, shift your vision to a white surface. You will find the American flag there, with red and white strips and white stars in a blue rectangle. It appears as an after-image of the original flag. Ok, baby boomers. We think you’ll agree this is a really a cool online optical illusion and we’re happy to use this psychological article to explain how this works.

Why did the color changed in the after-image?

In this online optical illusion, the colors change from cyan to red, black to white, and yellow to blue. According to psychological articles, the photoreceptive cells in the retina become less responsive to a particular color as you stare at it for a period of time. When the after-image is formed, the object is projected in the complementary color of the original color. In the current online optical illusion, red, white, and blue are the complementary colors of cyan, black, and yellow respectively. Hence, you see the American flag in the after-image.

Boomer Yearbook has brought you many other online optical illusions such as The “Face of Jesus” and ” Bird and Cage”, online optical illusions based on the after-image effect.

This Psychological Article on Online Optical Illusions is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of out of the ordinary suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems and keep our brains young. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Online Optical Illusion Due to Retinal Rivalry

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Psychological Article Explaining Online Optical Illusion of Retinal Rivalry

Psychological Article Explaining Online Optical Illusion of Retinal Rivalry

Psychological Article Explaining Online Optical Illusions

By Boomeryearbook.com

The human eyes are very complex in both their structure and function. This complexity often leads to the creation of optical illusions, including online optical illusions. The retinas of the two eyes act as two independent monocular fields. These fields try to gain supremacy over each other. There are numerous online optical illusions based on this rivalry between an individual’s two eyes.

Online optical illusions formed based on this rivalry are more apparent when there are two or more objects of different colors in the visual field. The focus of the eyes keeps fluctuating from one color to another due to the rivalry of the retinas. As a result of this fluctuation, the brain perceives a kind of movement from one color to another and sees static elements of different colors in motion. Many online optical illusions incorporate this feature to stun the human eye; such as the above online optical illusion example.

What do you notice in this online optical illusion? At first glance, you will see that the circles made of white, blue, and red colors appear to revolve. Now, take a closer look at each element independently. They are actually static elements. The movement of the circle in this online optical illusion is just a visual trick.

The trick to making this online optical illusion appear to be moving lies in the rivalry between the two retinas of the eyes. The focus keeps fluctuating from one color to another due to the rivalry creating a motion from one color to another; thus making the circles appear to revolve. Additionally, the contrast of the yellow and gray backgrounds also aids in producing the revolving effect in this online optical illusion.

It is easy to incorporate this visual feature in numerous online optical illusions. The scope of what you can create is endless. You can use this feature to make the motion of the illusion appear to move center to outward or to make wavy online optical illusions. Now that you know the trick. Enjoy!

This Psychological Article on Online Optical Illusions is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of out of the ordinary suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems and keep our brains young. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Online Optical Illusion: Muller-Lyer Illusion

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Online Optical Illusion of Muller-Lyer

Online Optical Illusion of Muller-Lyer

Psychological Article Explaining The Role of Perspective in Online Optical Illusions


By Boomeryearbook.com

“Seeing is believing.” Do you think that what ever you see is worth believing? Think again. There are a large number of online optical illusions that show what you see and not you think you see are not a one to one perfect match. The Muller-Lyer illusion is one such online optical illusion. This online optical illusion works on the principle of perspective. Psychological articles suggest that brain perceives an object at a farther point to be bigger than an object that is at a nearer point due to the effect of perspective.

In Muller-Lyer online optical illusion, the eye is deceived into thinking there is a difference from the original length of two lines when arrows are added pointing in different directions.

Which of the line two lines in this online optical illusion is longer? The second line with the outward arrow flaps definitely looks longer. However, the two lines are identical in length. Don’t believe us? Take a ruler to ascertain the lengths of both lines for yourself.

There are three main causes for the trick in this online optical illusion.

• The visual angle or the “perspective” gets smaller with distance. Therefore, the brain automatically perceives objects at farther distances to be bigger.

• We are familiar with lines that have inward flaps, such as corner of a building, which are relatively the nearest points of the overall object. Similarly, lines with outward flaps are found at the longer distance, as the farthest corner of a room. The brain perceives both the lines in this online optical illusion in relation to prior perceptions.

• In this online optical illusion, the brain perceives the line with outward flaps to be at a farther point as compared to the line with inward flaps. Consequently, the brain perceives the line with outward flaps to be longer.

Based on the principle of “perspective”, the deception of this online optical illusion is not limited to only the lines; as the visual deception may be any object or figure. Hence, many artists have used the principle of “perspective” to create various online optical illusions.

This Psychological Article on Online Optical Illusions is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of out of the ordinary suggestions on how to alleviate elderly problems and keep our brains young. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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