OSU Researchers Worry About Warblers

OSU researchers studying a migratory songbird that finds its breeding grounds central and eastern United States only lives in just one country in South America during winter.

The Prothonotary Warbler is the bird, 34 of them were fitted with tracking technology that told researchers that after breeding the fly to Colombia and live in area only 20% of the size of their breeding grounds in the US.

Strangely enough most of the tracked warblers made stops in the same three locations in Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula.

While the results are fascinating the are at least equally concerning. The are they winter in is threatened by deforestation. These warblers are a species of concern here in the US as well as in other states because of their population decline in the past century.

The lead author is Chris Tonra.

 

Counseling Reduces Cancer Recurrence, Says New Study

Breast cancer patients, two years after receiving diagnosis, have quadrupled their positive thoughts regarding the changes their bodies have gone through due to their illness, according to a new study.

Survivors who attended mentoring or counseling services designed specifically for cancer patients were found to have even more positive life changes. This particular study examined 160 women (all either had been diagnosed with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer) and were all treated in the Columbus area.

All the survivors who participated were part of the Immunity and stress Breast Cancer Program that looked into how effective counseling and intervention programs, designed by OSU, to help cancer patients handle the hurdles of their conditions and if counseling lowered the recurrence risks.

Previous research by the program had shown such programs did in fact reduce such risks.

BDBITL Performs At Rose Parade and Rose Bowl

The Ohio State University Marching Band will start off 2019 with a bang, a highlight performance on one of the biggest stages for collegiate marching bands.

The marching band got to perform at the 130th Rose Parade and at the coveted Rose Bowl Game (105th). The marching band’s other highlights from the previous year include their debut at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

For their performance at the Rose Parade, the marching band thrilled crowds in sunny California across the 5-mile route. Other marching bands from across the country joined the Ohio State University’s marching band in decorating floral themed floats. This years grand marshal, pop star Chaka Khan, and gave a performance to begin the parade.
The marching band will perform on facing the west side of the stadium during the Rose Bowl.

Washington’s band performs first at the pregame and both bands will come together in a display of good sportsmanship to play “God Bless America.” The Ohio State pregame show will include a double Script Ohio march for both sides of the stadium. Ohio State being the home team means the marching band will also have the honor of performing the national anthem.

Finally, the marching band will perform first at halftime.

GO BUCKS!

How Our Gaze Affects Our Choices

Researchers utilizing eye-following technology have discovered that what we see helps control our choices when given two decisions, for example, two snack choices.
Yet, it isn’t as simple as saying we essentially pick what we first focus on and nothing more, the study found. Rather, our gaze enhances our longing for options we typically like.
Let’s assume you’re seeing two sweet treats in a candy machine. You like the two, however you’re inclined toward the one with peanuts marginally more than the one with just chocolate. You’ll typically pick the one with peanuts, yet not always.

Another intriguing finding was that individuals would in general settle on their choices all the more immediately when they preferred both of their two decisions.

The scientists utilized information from six eye-following investigations including a sum of 228 individuals, some from their lab and some from different analysts.

These outcomes recommend that item advertising will have the greatest impact on things you effectively like, he said. In case you’re seeing two brands of a thing you like at a store, the bundle that catches and holds your eye will presumably have an edge when you’re choosing which to purchase.

By and large, this new examination demonstrates that the connection among consideration and decision is more mind boggling than recently accepted.

The examination was bolstered by the National Science Foundation.

OSU Researchers Study Our “Tipping Points”

According to new research, most people can’t guess how far another person can push them before their tipping point is reached. And we aren’t talking mental tipping points.
14 degrees from vertical, in this case meaning straight up and down, seemed to be the point where most participants guessed their tipping point was when placed in a device that slowly tipped them backwards.

The study suggests the real tipping point for falling backwards for most people is about 8 to 9 degrees from vertical. Participants’ guesses were even worse when they viewed models in the same backwards-tilting chair. In this part of the study the average guess was nearly 45 degrees from vertical.

The study says this is 35 degrees different from reality.

The study also found that people are bad at estimating all kinds of angels, the steepness of a hill is one example. And it found that we can’t even tell when we are standing up straight.

The study appears in Attention, Perception & Psychophysics