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fMRI studies have found that the brains of those with dyslexia rely more on the right hemisphere and frontal lobe than the brains of those without it. This means, when they read a word, it takes a longer trip through their brain and can get delayed in the frontal lobe. Because of this neurobiological glitch, they read with more difficulty.

But those with dyslexia can physically change their brain and improve their reading with an intensive, multi-sensory intervention that breaks the language down and teaches the reader to decode based on syllable types and spelling rules. The brains of those with dyslexia begin using the left hemisphere more efficiently while reading, and their reading improves.

Learn more about dyslexia by watching the TED-Ed Lesson What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Animation by Marc Cristoforidis

anonymous asked:

As a theatre artist who also lives to cook, I would love to hear an elaboration on your tag "food is theatre". Is it the performative elements of cooking and eating? The collaboration? The assemblage of different elements to make an Art? You've really got me thinking about this!!

Oh man, I have been WAITING for someone to ask me this question.  I think food and theatre are one in the same.  Every single meal we eat has a deep, unspoken story, no matter how humble.  Food has ritual in the same way that theatre does, it has spectacle and performance. Food, like theatre, combines multiple arts to make one experience, and like theatre, is a multi-sensory experience.

I connect to food as a director because the role of the chef and the role of a director are so similar.  Chef’s direct a kitchen very much in the same way that a director brings together designers, actors, and sometimes playwrights.  Directors layer story the same way chefs layer flavor.  I didn’t even begin to understand myself as a director until I started to cook with any seriousness. 

I’ve also learned so much about myself and my heritage through the study of food history and cooking technique. In many ways, it’s the most accessible way to understand the heart of a culture, because the micro of the way people have to cook and what they have to cook can explain the macro of an entire society.  There are entire worlds in one spoonful.  How cool is that?

Can we take a moment to appreciate these gifs of the 11th Doctor stimming on a swing?

He’s looking at his feet and the ground, so he’s visually stimming on how the colors of the ground blur around his boots. 

He’s doing the hands-clasped thing that carries on into his 12th incarnation. 

He’s kicking and tapping his feet together for proprioceptive input. 

The swinging motion is fulfilling a vestibular craving.

So yeah, multi-sensory stimming going on here! :D

Sharing information with others is a reason why our brains find it advantageous to abstract from the details of our present sensations and create a conscious “brief.”  Words and gestures provide us with only a slow communication channel-only 40 to 60 bits per second, 42 or about 300 times slower than the (now antiquated) 14,400-baud faxes that revolutionized our offices in the 1990s. Hence our brain drastically compresses the information to a condensed set of symbols that are assembled into short strings, which are then sent over the social network. It would actually be pointless to transmit to others a precise mental image of what I see from my own point of view; what others want is not a detailed description of the world as I see it, but a summary of the aspects that are likely to also be true from my interlocutor’s viewpoint: a multi-sensory, viewer-invariant, and durable synthesis of the environment. In humans, at least, consciousness seems to condense information into exactly the kind of précis that other minds are likely to find useful. 

Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts by Stanislas Dehaene


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Thorpe Park Unveils Derren Brown’s Virtual Reality Ghost Train

Thorpe Park has finally unveiled Derren Brown’s top secret theme park ride, which will take the form of a high-tech ghost train and will see passengers wearing Virtual Reality (VR) headsets.

Described as a ‘Ghost Train re-invented for the 21st Century’, the new theme park ride from the TV illusionist is set to be the first of its kind.

The new ride is set to open in the spring (Thorpe Park Resort)

Taking the form of a seven tonne, 20m long, 4.5m tall Victorian train carriage supspended in mid air by iron chains, the ride promises to ‘derail guests’ minds with a series of multi-sensory experiences’.

Passengers enter the train carriage using a metal bridge and will experience a mixture of live action sequences and 4D special effects.

Derren Brown commented: “I firmly believe that this kind of multi-sensory, mind blowing attraction represents a glimpse of what the future holds for theme parks the world over”.

The collaboration with Derren Brown has been in development for three years (Matt Alexander/PA Wire)

The ride makes use of tech brand HTC’s Vive VR headsets which sport high-definition displays and give the wearer a 360-degree viewing experience.

The ride is designed to last between 10 and 15 minutes and is apparently ‘not an experience for the faint hearted’.

The HTC Vive headset allows will give passengers a virtual reality experience (HTC)

To avoid every ride being the same, there are 12 possible journeys for passengers to experience, along with two different endings.

Brown appealed to visitors to keep the details of the ride a secret to avoid spoiling the surprise for others, saying:

“Akin to my shows, I ask that when you board the train, the secrets remain mine and yours to share and fear, and you don’t spoil the experience by telling others ahead of their visit”.

Derren Brown’s Ghost Train is due to open in the spring, following three years of development.

Image credit: Thorpe Park Resort


one gifset per appearance → visit to naomi house children’s hospices, sutton scotney (29/04/2013)

On her second wedding anniversary, the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to Naomi House Children’s Hospices near Winchester, England. Naomi House provides support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families living in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. It was opened in 1997 by Prince Charles, and supports families with children with life-limiting conditions. It provides music therapy, computer, art and play rooms as well as multi-sensory and hydrotherapy suites. When visiting the hydrotherapy pool, the Duchess asked: 'Is it nice and warm in there?’ To which one of the children shouted: ‘Do you want to come in?' Kate laughed and replied: 'I’d love to come in.’ During a tea party with children and their families, Kate was treated to a musical performance by Ollie Wade, who presented his own song Free, written in memory of his brother, Ben, who died in 2011. Shortly after, in a speech, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives Barbara Gelb said: 'This year has been the best ever for Children’s Hospice Week and that’s all down to you Your Royal Highness.’ Earlier in the week, the Duchess had released her first-ever televised message in support of Children’s Hospice Week. Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of trustees, said of the visit: ‘The Duchess is a consummate professional. She had time for everyone, she spoke to everyone very graciously, she really empathised with the children. We’ve got one youngster here who’s terribly poorly, had been asleep all day, but as soon as she went into his room he woke up and his father said he started chatting! With some difficulty, but he obviously knew who she was and she lightened his life, and that’s been the story with the whole visit.’

Adam Robb

A Smoky Bourbon Cocktail form a Legendary Toronto Experimentalist

Impactful aromatics have always played an essential role in the creations of the Canadian mixologist Frankie Solarik. Inside BarChef, his Modernist cocktail laboratory on Toronto’s Queen Street West, multi sensory presentations evoke the flavors of the season - not just in the glass, but surrounding it, too.

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Advice: Making a Non-Action Story Exciting

Anonymous asked:

any tips on how to make a story exciting? (it’s not action btw)

Make sure your story has a purpose, conflict, and stakes. (How to Give Your Story a Purpose) Create compelling, multi-dimensional characters that your readers will care about. Create a dynamic setting that brings your story to life. Use vivid description with multi-sensory details. :)