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HV on Crime and Context 6/17/15

posted Jun 17, 2015, 4:47 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

HV
6/16/15


How are you today? SO HAPPY THIS IS THE LAST WEEK OF SCHOOL. IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR. I AM READY FOR A BREAK!

CRIME AND CONTEXT

CONTEXT IS THE BACKGROUND OF A SITUATION OR EVENT. SO, PEOPLE MAY LOOK AT CRIMES DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON THE SITUATION.

HARVARD PROFESSOR, MICHAEL TREADWAY, STUDIED THE EFFECT OF CONTEXT ON PUNISHMENTS THAT PEOPLE GAVE FOR CRIMES. THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONCEPT. I AM NOT SURE THAT CONTEXT SHOULD MATTER. A CRIME IS A CRIME. 

TREADWAY HAD HIS SUBJECTS MRIED WHILE THEY EVALUATED CRIME SCENES. THE MRIS LOOKED AT THE AMYGDALA AND PREFRONTAL DORSOLATERAL CORTEX (This should be dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. I pointed this out to Huan so he would know).THE AMYGDALA LOOKS AT EMOTIONS AND THE DORSOLATERAL PREFRONTAL CORTEX IS RESPONSIBLE FOR DECISION MAKING. 

ANOTHER GROUP WAS SHOWN THE SAME CRIME SCENES BUT WERE TOLD IT WAS AN ACCIDENT OR UNINTENDED. THE ANTERIOR TEMPORORO-PARTIAL CORTEX. (Here Huan confused the areas of the brain - which is super tough on 1 time hearing it...should be dorsal anterior cingulate cortex + temporo-parietal junction)KICKED IN AND BLOCKED REACTIONS TO THE AMYGDALA. THEN THE SUBJECTS HAD A MUCH MORE LENIENT PUNISHMENT. THESE REGIONS OF THE BRAIN HANDLE EMPATHY. SO IT LETS YOU PUT YOURSELF IN SOMEONE ELSE'S SHOES. 

THIS IS A REALLY INTERESTING STUDY OF HOW CONTEXT INFLUENCES YOUR BRAIN. IT BRINGS UP A LOT OF QUESTIONS LIKES DOES THIS VARY ACROSS AND CULTURES AND HOW EMPATHY DEVELOPS WITH AGE. I WONDER IF AUTISTICS WOULD SHOW THE SAME RESULTS. 

Huan's Notes 6/9/15

posted Jun 10, 2015, 10:19 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

From: Meghann Parkinson <mparkinson18@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Subject: Huan's Notes 6/9/15
To: Huong Pham <huongnpham@gmail.com>


HV
6/9/15

Which lesson should we do? CRIME AND CONTEXT
Opening thoughts? JUST THAT I AM HAPPY.

INTERPRETATIONS DIFFER BASED ON A PERSON'S OWN EXPERIENCE.
THE CONTEXT MAY HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT FOR BOTH PEOPLE.
CONTEXT
SUBSTANTIATE OR REFUTE 
MADE TO
CONTEXT ALONE CANNOT GIVE ENOUGH INFORMATION AND IT IS HARD TO DETERMINE A MOTIVE. 
HARVARD
READ A MURDER SCENARIO AND DETERMINE A PUNISHMENT. 
HIS PARTICIPANTS WERE GETTING THEIR BRAINS SCANNED WHILE THEY WORKED. 
NEUROIMAGERY
THE AMYGDALA
DIPFC
SO THE DOCTOR CAN SEE BOTH PARTS AT WORK.
MORE ACTIVITY IN THE AMYGDALA 
THEY WORKED TOGETHER.
IT WENT FROM MURDER TO ACCIDENTAL HUNTING ACCIDENT
DORSAL ANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX.
IT KEPT THE MORE SEVERE EMOTION IN CHECK
WHEN DETERMINING PUNISHMENT
EMPATHY
WHAT THE SITUATION LOOKS LIKE FROM ANOTHER PERSONS PERSPECTIVE


He was so happy yesterday! We made a deal that I would always give him an opening thought to express himself before we have to get to work. I think that really helps :)

See you Thursday!
-Meghann

HV on Can you see me?

posted Jun 2, 2015, 3:20 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

So, today we had our APS visitors. I gave Huan a bunch of choices for his lesson - Investment,  Robert Frost and Can You See Me? - a lesson featuring Ido Kedar and his views on looking past labels to ability.  Huan chose the latter.  As you can see, he did incredibly well.  I could not get one ounce of emotion from our guests.  At the end, I asked Huan if he had a message for our visitors - you can see his response.  I then asked them if they had any questions for Huan and they said no.  I was floored by this and said, "really, after what you have just seen, you don't have any questions or a response to what Huan has just said to you."  They just stared at me.  Finally Elaine said, "thank you for letting us watch." I will be very interested to see what kind of feedback you get from them.  

HV
6/2/15

What do you want to talk about? IDO KEDAR
Do you want to answer questions first or go right to summarizing? SUMMARIZING

IDO IS AN AUTISTIC WHO COMMUNICATES THROUGH RPM. HE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT AUTISM. I WANT TO WRITE A BOOK TOO. IDO IS AUTISTIC ONLY THAT IS A PART OF WHO HE IS. I AM LIKE IDO HE AND I ARE BOTH AUTISTIC BUT THAT IS ONLY PART OF WHO WE ARE. I WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR MORE THAN MY AUTISM. I WANT TO WRITE SO THAT MY EXPERIENCES CAN HELP OTHERS. I HAVE SUFFERED TOO MUCH FROM PEOPLE NOT HAVING RESPECT AND TOLERANCE FOR ME. I DON'T WANT TO SEE OTHERS HAVE THE SAME DIFFICULTY I HAD.

IDO WROTE ABOUT OSCAR PISTORIUS BECAUSE HE WAS AN EXCELLENT ATHLETE WHO HAPPENS TO NOT HAVE LEGS. THEN HE KILLED HIS GIRLFRIEND. NOT GREAT MORALS BUT STILL A GREAT RUNNER. INSTEAD OF PISTORIUS WE CAN FOCUS ON WALLACE WHO HAD HIS LEG AMPUTATED. I THINK THESE HARD WORKING GUYS ARE AMAZING. THEIR ENDURANCE IS INCREDIBLE. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DISABLED ATHLETES AND NORMAL ATHLETES IS THEIR BODIES. BOTH WORK HARD IN THEIR COMPETITIONS AND TRAINING. IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT THEY ARE DISABLED I THINK THEY ARE ALL INCREDIBLE ATHLETES.

CW:How do you want to be recognized in the world? 
I WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR MY ABILITIES NOT BY DISABILITIES. DOESN'T EVERYONE? I THINK TOO MUCH EMPHASIS IS PUT ON LABELS. JUST LET PEOPLE BE WHO THEY ARE! IT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO RESPECT AND INCLUDE PEOPLE THAN USE LABELS. LABELS ISOLATE AND EXCLUDE. NO ONE DESERVES THAT. I THINK THAT INSTEAD OF TRADITIONAL REQUIREMENTS WE SHOULD ALL PEOPLE THINK AND COMMUNICATE THE BEST WAY THEY CAN. NOT EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED THE SAME. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT!


Do you have anything to say to our visitors? 
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I HOPE THAT YOU WERE IMPRESSED AND WILL HELP SPREAD THE WORD THAT APS NEEDS TO USE RPM. 
YOU ARE WELCOME. 

Courage Lesson

posted May 26, 2015, 9:43 AM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

On Tue, May 26, 2015 at 12:26 PM, Meghann Parkinson <mparkinson18@gmail.com> wrote:
Hello!

Here is Huan's writing from our Harry Potter lesson on Courage! He mostly summarized a pretty simple lesson and have me a great creative writing!

HV
5/19/15

Courage Lesson

TODAY WE ARE FOCUSING ON COURAGE THROUGH THE EYES OF CHARACTER HARRY POTTER. COURAGE IS REWARDED IN THE BOOK BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED IN REAL LIFE. 

THIS MIRROR SHOWS YOU WHAT YOU WANT, NOT WHAT WILL BE. WHEN HARRY SEES HIS ENTIRE FAMILY BEHIND HIM HE BELIEVES IT WILL BRING THEM BACK AND HE REALIZES WHAT IT REALLY DOES AND HE LEAVES. IT IS COURAGEOUS BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE CAN BECOME OBSESSED WITH IMAGES IN A MAGIC MIRROR OR HE CAN MOVE ON. 

CW: GOING TO AN IEP MEETING TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE AND I HAVE GONE TO SEVERAL. THE TEACHERS AND BOARD MEMBERS LOOK AT ME LIKE I AM AN ANIMAL WHOSE PARENTS WON'T UNDERSTAND THAT I AM "BROKEN." THEY TALK ABOUT ME LIKE I CAN'T COMPREHEND WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. I STILL GO AND FIGHT, NOT FOR MYSELF ANYMORE, BUT SO OTHER CHILDREN DON'T FEEL WORTHLESS BY THEIR IGNORANT TESTS AND WORDS. 

Holy Moly Huan! Such a strong voice and so smart in every way. I look forward to seeing him today!

-Meghann

Huan on Memoir's!

posted May 7, 2015, 2:15 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

HV
5/5/15

What is the holiday today? CINCO DE MAYO
What should we talk about? MEMOIRS.
How was your day today? NO BAD, PRETTY CRAZY BODY, FOR ME AT LEAST, I'M GOING THROUGH PEOPLES STUFF AND I ALWAYS HATE WHEN I DO THAT. 

MEMOIRS
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
2000'S
EIGHT
ANNIE DILLARD
PILGRIM AT TINKER CREEK
GOD
HER PERSONAL LIFE
WRITING THEM ON NOTECARDS
IT CONVEYS HOW HUMANS LIVE AIMLESSLY
AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
TO IMPROVE BOOK SALES
ONE WRONG DETAIL, IF SERIOUS ENOUGH, COULD RUIN THE REST OF THE WORK.
ADDICTIONS
TO ADD FALSE INFORMATION TO MAKE IT LOOK BETTER.
HE IS DOUBTFUL.
TO BE HONEST, I HAVEN'T READ A MEMOIR.
MAYBE ONCE I CAN VOTE.
DEATH, THE AFTER LIFE AND RETURNING TO LIFE.
HE DESCRIBED HIS EVENT AS AN EYE WITNESS.
SELFIES IN BOOK FORM.
SELF-POTRAIT
LOOK AT ME
AUTHOR DESCRIBES HIMSELF, NOT A SUBJECT. 

CW: I ENJOY THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN MY LIFE. THE JOY EACH PERSON BRINGS MAKES ME SO CONTENT I DO NOT HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE SUCH HAPPINESS. THEIR SMILES FILL ME UP WITH THE MADNESS OF REAL LOVE AND HOPE THAT IF SUCH LOVING, CARING AND COMPASSIONATE PEOPLE CAN LOVE ME, THEN THERE WILL BE THAT SAME KIND OF LOVE FOR ALL AUTISTICS. 
DONE. 


He is so wonderful! Enjoy your weekend!

-Meghann

HV on Futurist Language

posted May 7, 2015, 2:14 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

I LOVED all the cool things Huan had to say in this lesson!!! 
*On another note, when talking to some of the families about the summer group sessions, I have had a request to move the group from 9-12 to 11-2 or 12-3.  Would this still work for you.  So far, it seems like it would for most.  The kids would still bring a brown bag lunch for social and topic discussion time!  Getting excited about this venture! 

HV
5/5/15

We're gonna talk about futurist language evolution, any guess about what that means? I THINK IT IS ABOUT SOCIETY'S IMPACT ON LANGUAGE.

MANY WORDS DEVELOP WITH CHANGES IN OUR WORLD. SELFIE REFERS TO A PICTURE OF YOURSELF. IT IS WIDELY USED NOW BUT IT IS NOT A NEW CONCEPT. SELF PORTRAITS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. 

What does Wittgenstein's quote mean? "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." WORDS REFLECT OUR IDEAS. THIS MEANS THE MORE IDEAS WE HAVE, THE MORE WORDS WE NEED. I NEED MANY WORDS TO KEEP UP WITH MY IDEAS!

THE OED USES SOFTWARE TO TRACK WORDS ON THE INTERNET. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH USE OF THE WORD SELFIE, THE OED NAMED IT WORD OF THE YEAR IN 2013. WORDS COME IN AND OUT OF STYLE LIKE CLOTHES DO.

SOME NEW WORDS ARE PORTMANTEAUS. THIS MEANS TWO WORDS COMBINED TOGETHER TO MAKE A NEW WORD LIKE SCHMEAT, WHICH IS SHEET AND MEAT. THIS MEANS FAKE MEAT PRESSED INTO SHEETS. CELLFISH IS A GREAT MEANING. IT REFERS TO IGNORING OTHERS WHILE YOU ARE ON THE PHONE. 

THE AUTHORS OF THE AGE OF EARTHQUAKE HAVE CREATED NEW WORDS TO DESCRIBE THINGS THAT WE EXPERIENCE IN OUR MODERN WORLD. MONOPHOBIA DESCRIBES A FEAR OF BEING INDIVIDUALS.THIS IS APPARENT WHEN YOU LOOK AROUND AND SEE SO MANY ACTING LIKE EACH OTHER. TIME SNACK IS ANOTHER USEFUL WORD TO DESCRIBE THE TIME IT TAKES FOR THE COMPUTER TO UPLOAD NEW INFORMATION.


Creative Writing:


20th century philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein once said “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” Reflect on the lesson and tell me what you think of Wittgenstein’s message here.


You are now a futurist author! Create a few futurist words or phrases to describe anything in our modern world.

Ready for more? Create the explanation or use it in several sentences that will make the definition of the word obvious to your reader. Here is a great example to emulate…


Smupid: The sensation that we’ve never been smarter as individuals

and yet somehow we’ve never felt stupider. Example, “yes I know I

was able to obtain a list of all Oscar winners from 1952 in three tenths

of a second, yet it makes me feel smupid that I didn’t waste two hours

visiting the local library to obtain that list.” In our newly smupid world,

the average IQ is now 103, but it feels like 97. One possible

explanation for smupidity is that people are generally far more aware

then they ever were of all the information they don’t know. The weight

of this fact overshadows huge advances in knowledge accumulation

and pattern-recognition skills honed by online searching. I am now

smupid. We’re all kind of smupid. An the future is even smupider.

The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present


SMUPID! SUCH A PERFECT WORD TO DESCRIBE THE WAY PEOPLE ARE TODAY. OUR SOCIETY IS HIGHLY EDUCATED BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE SMART. YOU ARE ABLE TO ACCESS INFORMATION IN SPLIT SECONDS. THAT INFORMATION DOES NOT SEEM TO MAKE PEOPLE SMARTER. THAT ONLY MAKES THEM MORE INFORMATION FILLED. THAT INFORMATION ONLY NEEDS TO MORE FACTS NOT MORE SMARTS. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS ADD THOUGHT AND THEN WE MIGHT BE SMARTER INSTEAD OF SMUPID.

SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY

posted Apr 29, 2015, 4:58 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong

HV
4/28/15


THE SITUATION A PERSON IS IN NOT THEIR PERSONALITY TRAITS. 

NORMS ARE USED IN GROUPS TO MAKE IT HARD TO DEVIATE FROM THE GROUPS RULES. ALL GROUPS FACE CHALLENGES OF PEOPLE WANTING TO BE LEADERS AND WE USE POWER TO MAKE PEOPLE COMPLY. 

OBEDIENCE IS SOMETIMES NECESSARY IN SOCIETY. PROBLEMS SURFACE WHEN INDIVIDUALS WHO SHOULD NOT BE IN CONTROL ARE THOSE IN POWER. 

THE HORRIBLE PROBLEMS THAT AROSE IN WORLD WAR TWO ARE BECAUSE HITLER WAS GOOD AT CONTROLLING THE NAZIS. 

MILGRIM STUDIED THE USEFUL TACTIC OF OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY. THE LEARNER DID NOT FACE REAL HARM BUT THE REAL PARTICIPANT WAS UNAWARE AND SHOCKED THEM EVEN THOUGH THEY KNEW IT HURT. 

AMAZING RESULTS WERE CONCLUDED FROM THIS STUDY. FACING POWERFUL AUTHORITY FIGURES CAN BE INTIMIDATING FOR A BELIEVER OF AUTHORITY ALLOWING FOR PROBLEMS TO HAPPEN. IT IS FOR THIS REASON PEOPLE NEED TO USE FACTS TO MAKE CHOICES NOT OPINIONS. 

IT WAS NICE TO WORK WITH YOU.

RPM With Mom - 2015/01/08

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