first_imgExperiencing shared reality Whatever it is, you strike up a conversation and within minutes you’re exchanging recommendations, riffing off each other’s jokes and making up stories together. Before you’ve even found out what the other person does for a living or where they’re from, you’ve established a feeling of mutual connection. Your conversation partner just seems to get it – and get you. You’ve clicked. Most of us have experienced it at least once: you meet someone, and within minutes you know you are going to be friends – or more. Often, discovering shared opinions sparks the connection; you might find you both love the paintings of Paula Rego, or that you had exactly the same reaction to today’s headlines or that you both hate the music at this party. Many of our best conversations, whether with a new acquaintance or an old friend, are about the world around us rather than ourselves. They are also often the conversations that bring us closer to each other. Columbia University psychologist Maya Rossignac-Milon calls this “making sense of the world together”. And she thinks it is the secret of good relationships. Although we’re encouraged to look for people who meet our preferences, shared reality theory suggests we may not know what our preferences are until we meet the other person. Many online dating sites are designed around the principle that if you can gather enough data on an individual, you figure out a perfect match. If a new relationship is an act of mutual creativity, however, the right match may be very hard to predict. Along with her co-researcher E Tory Higgins, Rossignac-Milon developed a questionnaire that measures the extent to which couples experience shared reality. A researcher asks each partner to rate their agreement or disagreement with statements such as, “We frequently think of things at the exact same time” or “Through discussions we often arrive at a joint perspective”. Using this method, Rossignac-Milon has found evidence that people who experience more shared reality with their partner also feel more committed to each other. Indeed, on the days when couples experience more of this cognitive merging, they also feel emotionally closer. …center_img Rossignac-Milon’s research challenges the conventional wisdom about new relationships: that we are mostly attracted to people who are similar to us. According to Paul Eastwick, a professor of psychology at the University of California at Davis who studies close relationships, “What is especially fascinating about Dr Rossignac-Milon’s work on shared reality is that it serves as a reminder that similarity is often a thing that two people create or discover together in the moment. It wasn’t ‘there’ on paper before the interaction took place.” But why, exactly? The secret to what makes our conversations with some people so magnetic and telling, while others fade in passing, may be not just with whom we’re talking – but what we’re talking about. Rossignac-Milon cites the writer CS Lewis, who remarked that, “What draws people to be friends is that they see the same truth. They share it.” In a long-term relationship, she says that sense of shared reality can become like a single lens through which the partners filter the world around them; minds meet, synchronise and merge. In the field of relationship psychology, most research has focused, as you might expect, on how people feel about each other. What those studies often miss, says Rossignac-Milon, is the third partner in any relationship: shared reality. … Read the whole story: BBC More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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first_img Author: Associated Press Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Essentia fires about 50 workers for refusing to get flu shot Published: November 23, 2017 9:21 AM EST center_img DULUTH, Minn. (AP) A Minnesota-based health system has fired about 50 employees who refused to get a flu shot.Essentia Health announced last month that employees would be required to get vaccinated for influenza unless they received a religious or medical exemption.The company said it wanted to help keep patients from getting sick at its 15 hospitals and 75 clinics in Minnesota, Idaho, North Dakota and Wisconsin.MORE: Mother shares story of how daughter died from fluEssentia says 99 percent of the company’s 13,900 eligible employees had gotten the shot, received an exemption or were getting an exemption by the Monday deadline.The United Steelworkers filed an injunction to try to delay the policy, but a federal judge denied the request. Minnesota Public Radio reports at least two other unions are filing grievances on behalf of workers who lost their jobs.MORE: Can’t get sick? Track illness from your smartphone SHARElast_img read more

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first_imgMaxLinear has announced that Hitron Technologies, a leading global telecommunications networking company, has successfully achieved Cable Labs certification of its CODA-45 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem using the MaxLinear MxL277 Full-Spectrum Capture (FSC) digital cable front-end receiver, the MxL236 upstream programmable gain amplifier, and the Intel Puma 7 DOCSIS 3.1 SoC.First in Hitron’s new multi-gigabit cable CPE family, the certified CODA-45 is capable of up to 5 Gbps downstream over multi-carrier OFDM channels bonded with 32 single-carrier QAM channels and up to 1Gbps upstream throughput via DOCSIS 3.1. The two GigE ports deliver 1.97 Gbps to the customer’s home.The CODA-45 not only enables cable operators to offer services that exceed current fiber optic data rates, but also allows them to use their existing cable plant infrastructure to provide multi-gigabit data services.Capturing up to the entire 1.2 GHz of fully deployed cable spectrum bandwidth to the home, the MaxLinear’s MxL277 DOCSIS 3.1 receiver enables cable operators to meet consumer demand for multi-gigabit data rates by the flexible deployment of spectrum bandwidth between the new OFDM and legacy QAM modulation based data services. Designs based on the MxL277 will usher in a new generation of high-capacity, multi-gigabit-per-second IP data gateways, home media gateways, and hybrid or IP-based set-top boxes (STB) that mark significant advances towards all IP-based delivery of multimedia content and cloud services.The ever-increasing consumer demand for media and over-the-top (OTT) data content is creating enormous demand for bandwidth capacity in gateway devices in order to enable expanded services at home. With the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, cable MSOs will be able to offer their subscribers real multi-gigabit data bandwidth services on their existing coaxial cable network infrastructure.Also selected for use in Hitron’s CODA family of DOCSIS 3.1 gateway platforms, the MxL236 cable upstream programmable gain amplifier (PGA) from MaxLinear not only delivers sufficient power for upstream communication with cable head-ends with extremely high power efficiency, but also provides valuable upstream network maintenance capabilities.The MxL236 can report network health and performance parameters on the upstream link, which can be used by cable operators in managing and troubleshooting their networks and reducing technician truck rolls. This innovative feature allows Hitron to offer network maintenance expense savings capabilities for cable operators by avoiding costly technician visits to customer homes through remotely monitoring and diagnosing potential problems with the cable network.MxL277Based on MaxLinear’s leading, low-power 28 nm CMOS process technology, the MxL277 offers a monolithic digital cable front-end with integrated LNA and signal conditioning functions combined with a Full-Spectrum Capture receiver up to 1.2 GHz that supports up to two OFDM channels and up to 32 legacy QAM channels.When utilizing all OFDM and QAM capabilities, the MxL277 delivers up to 5 Gbps data rates downstream and up to 2 Gbps data rates upstream, all over the existing cable network while consuming less than 1.4W. Furthermore, the MxL277 can be used in an ultra-low power mode, consuming roughly 500mW total, while still meeting cable operator voice call and standby time requirements upon loss of power to the home.The MxL277 supports remote spectrum analyzer functions on the downstream and upstream links that report network health and performance parameters. This turns every gateway into a tool for operators to diagnose their network health without costly technician visits to the field.The MxL277 exceeds requirements for DOCSIS 3.1, including the stringent test scenarios under SCTE40 plant loading and impairment conditions. The device supports a high-speed serial interface to a DOCSIS 3.1 modem, and has an integrated single-channel tuner for low-power operation.MxL236The MxL236 supports upstream frequencies up to 204 MHz with any combination of OFDM and QAM channels with a combined output power of up to 65 dBmV at the cable connector. Under most installed scenarios, the device can dissipate less than 1.5 W. As cable operators increase upstream data rates to offer more symmetrical services to consumers, reducing power dissipation in the front-end simplifies thermal design efforts and reduces heat mitigation costs. Using only a single 3.3 V supply, the MxL236 allows manufacturers to eliminate the 5 V supply from their gateway design entirely, further simplifying layout and reducing system cost.The MxL277 DOCSIS 3.1 receiver is available in production quantities in a standard 10 mm X 10 mm QFN package. The MxL236 is available in production quantities in a standard 7 mm x 7 mm QFN package.last_img read more

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first_img While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10 The Browns season has long been over but now is a good time to look back and try and find some positives for the future of the organization. Here is our pick for the top five positives from one of the worst seasons in the history of football. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related Topics Brandon Uraseklast_img read more

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