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Monday
Jul162012

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: Female, 30-Something, Glamorous & Pregnant | Women's IQs Now Higher Than Men's

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For certain, many women smiled last night when news reports flashed the fact that women are now surpassing men in Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests, when they have lagged behind men’s — up to 5 points in the past.

James Flynn, author of the latest studies and founder of the “Flynn Effect” IQ analysis, which states that IQs are not static and rise as nations develop, said:

“In the last 100 years the IQ scores of both men and women have risen but women’s have risen faster,” said Flynn. “This is a consequence of modernity. The complexity of the modern world is making our brains adapt and raising our IQ.” He adds that the “improvement is more marked for women than for men because they were disadvantaged in the past.”

ForbesWoman picks up the story asking if other factors are more important in a successful career than IQ, taking up the topic of motivation as studied by Angela Lee Duckworth at UPenn. Her team found a strong correlation between financial rewards for taking IQ tests and results. IQ results vacillated as much as 20 points, when the financial reward was greater than $10.

Rex Jung, PhD,, who studies the intersection of intelligence and creativity, says he’s not surprised that women’s IQs are surpassing men’s. “Women are entering the workforce in droves these days – in much greater numbers than ever before. If it’s true that IQ is associated with higher exposure to more cognitively engaging activities, like coursework and professional work, it makes total sense.” Read on at ForbesWoman

Related: Women, Math & Science Do Get Along Well, Mr. Summers AOC Spittin’ Sisters

Another survey of 1,286,350 people young people and adults confirms identically of an earlier analysis of about 500,000 sets of test scores. Girls are as good in math as boys. Period. The examination of 242 existing articles that assessed the math skills of 1,286,350 people, led by chief author Janet Hyde.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEONewly-appointed Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer told Fortune’s Patricia Sellers that Yahoo! executives “showed their evolved thinking” in hiring the 37-year-old, high-ranking Google executive to one of the top tech jobs in the industry — knowing that she was pregnant.

Mayer, who was Google’s 20th employee and first female engineer, is expecting a boy in early October. As Tech Crunch points out, female CEOs at public tech firms are very rare. A 30-something CEO is even rarer. A pregnant, 30-something, female tech CEO? Forgetta bout it!

Mayer, photographed above by Brigette Lacombe in her Google office, was Glamour magazine’s 2009 Woman of the Year.

Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up

Last month, the NYTimes focused on the small group of women proving they can launch a high-growth technology company and be a mother at the same time.

Writing that the average age of a first-time founder of a company is 39, parenting or the decision to have children is an almost unavoidable conflict for would be female start-up visionaries.

Female entrepreneurs are less numerous and raise less money than their male counterparts. Women make up 10 percent of the founders at high-growth tech companies, “and they raise 70 percent less money than men do because of their lack of access to capital,” says Lesa Mitchell of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she is vice president for initiatives on advancing innovation.

Saturday
Apr212012

Exercise Increases Brain Health & Performance | Fluid Intelligence | Stunned American Nuns Regroup To Respond

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Brain science is a favorite topic at AOC, leaving us hunkered down in the latest New York Times MagazineAll in Our Minds”.

A feature article “Can You Make Yourself Smarter?” reviews the state of scientific debate as the ability of brain-building exercises that ultimately increase IQ by improving fluid intelligence at almost age.

Not up for debate is the impact of exercise on our brains. The newest research, outlined in “How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain” confirms that exercise appears to build a brain that not only resists physical shrinkage but one with enhanced cognitive flexibility.

Just as exercise slows or reverses physical decline in our muscles, it appears to slow the brain’s decay by producing new neurons. In tests on mice and rats, those that ran had about twice the rate of new neurons as the couch potatoes.

Even this test result is not the whole story. To be relevant to the brain’s functioning, the cells improve intellect only then they join the existing neural network. This is not a given, leaving many neurons rattling around untethered.

New research confirms the benefits of exercise in generating increased transferable, multi-tasking skills in our brains.

Just how exercise remakes minds on a molecular level is not yet fully understood, but research suggests that exercise prompts increases in something called brain-derived neurotropic factor, or B.D.N.F., a substance that strengthens cells and axons, fortifies the connections among neurons and sparks neurogenesis. Scientists can’t directly study similar effects in human brains, but they have found that after workouts, most people display higher B.D.N.F. levels in their bloodstreams.

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Katherine Frey/THE WASHINGTON POST - Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, 94, and other nuns at the Oblate Sisters of Providence motherhouse all have their favorite spots to sit during evening prayers in the chapel Aug.24, 2011, in Catonsville, Md.Pundits are weighing in on the aftermath of this week’s major report that cracks down on American nuns through their primary organization the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for what it called “serious doctrinal problems.”

PBS’ Bob Abernethy interviewed David Gibson, national reporter for Religion News Service, who said abut the Leadership Conference on Women Religious:

They’re (the nuns) thinking of simply disbanding and reorganizing on their own, out from under the church’s purview. But the church will have, they have—the archbishop of Seattle has a five-year mandate to oversee this overhaul, and they (the bishops) can rewrite their (the nuns) statutes and vet their (the nuns,) speakers for their (the nuns) conferences and pretty much do as they (the bishops) like.

Sisters of mercy, devotion — and dismay LA Times

In Philadelphia last week, a child sex-abuse trial involving Catholic clergy led to a bombshell — a bishop from West Virginia was accused of abuse.

In Kansas City, a Catholic bishop goes on trial in September, accused of failing to report suspected child abuse.

Last year church officials paid $144 million to settle abuse allegations and cover legal bills, and although many of the cases went back decades, church auditors have warned of “growing complacency” about protecting children today.

So who’s in trouble with the Vatican?

Nuns.

American nuns stunned by Vatican accusation of ‘radical feminism,’ crackdown The Washington Post

Friday
Jan272012

Perceived Reality in Conservative & Liberal Brains | NYT on Apple's Workers in China | Austria's Priests Gone Rogue

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Wired magazine presents Human Nature and the Neurobiology of Conflict, a Nebraska study focused on how liberals and conservatives process the same information. Brain science is a high-value topic at AOC.

In this case Michael Dodd of the U of Nebraska wanted to explore how conservatives and liberals process images alternately disgusting (spiders on faces, open wounds) and appealing (smiling children, cute rabbits.) “Dodd’s team found that conservatives reacted most strongly to negative images, and liberals most strongly to positive photographs.”

When turning their attention to politicians the results held.

Conservatives displayed more distaste than liberals for politicians they disliked, while liberals felt more positive than conservatives about politicians they liked. Given these and other findings, wrote Dodd’s team, “those on the political right and those on the political left may simply experience the world differently.”

Related articles:

Liberals Have Different Dopamine Gene, More Friends Say Scientists AOC Apple Valley

In other research, scientists at UCLA and New York University found a specific region of the brain’s cortex that is more sensitive in people who consider themselves liberals rather than conservatives.

Analyzing the data, Sulloway said liberals were 4.9 times more likely than conservatives to show activity in the brain circuits that deal with conflicts and were 2.2 times more likely to score in the top half of the distribution for accuracy.

Inquiring Minds | Liberals and Atheists Have Higher IQs AOC Apple Valley

Self-Reflecting Human Consciousness Tied To Prefrontal Cortex Grey Matter AOC Apple Valley

Americans Maintain Four Different Views of God AOC Apple Valley

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Color China Photo, via Associated Press An explosion last May at a Foxconn factory in Chengdu, China, killed four people and injured 18. It built iPads. Color China Photo via APOur AOC Apple Valley channel is named in honor of Steve Jobs and the values of the Apple brand. Anne is an Apple person to the core.

It’s distressing to read, then, the intensive New York Times article Apple’s iPad and the Human Costs for Workers in China. The article comes at a time when Apple reported one of the most lucrative quarters of any corporation in history, with $13.6 billion in profits off sales of $46.3 billion.

Early in this seven-page article, the point is made that a radical overhaul of the supplier system would slow down innovation. “Customers want amazing new electronics delivered every year.” That makes us part of the problem.

The article centers on Foxconn, one of Apple’s biggest suppliers in China. Provided in advance to Apple for comments, the company did not respond to the NYT article. One knowledgeable consultant says “Companies like H.P. and Intel and Nike push their suppliers. But Apple wants to keep an arm’s length, and Foxconn is their most important manufacturer, so they refuse to push.”

Only customers can demand change from Apple concludes the article. In terms of consumer segmentation, the values group we call the Cultural Creatives — who tend to be Apple customers — and our AOC subset of the CC’s called Smart Sensuality women (and men) are most likely to take the lead in any future customer love demands from Apple. We track these issues in our Apple Valley channel.

Priests Gone Rogue

In Austria Helmut Schüller’s Preachers’ Initiative is gaining momentum and widespread support, causing the highest representatives of the Catholic Church to visit the Vatican for a pow wow on what to do next with the rebellious priests. About 400 Catholic priests have joined the movement, which is supported by the majority of Catholics in Austria, and calls itself ‘disobedient’ of the Vatican. 

The Preachers’ Initiative wants the Vatican to allow Austrian priests to give Holy Communion to divorced people. The rebellious group also want female priests in the Catholic Church and an abolition of celibacy. Its founder says this is the year the group will go international. via Austrian Independent.