"These skulking visitors would keep about the purlieus of the camp until daylight; when, on the first stir of life among the sleepers, they would scamper off until they reached some rising ground, where they would take their seats, and keep a sharp and hungry watch upon every movement." --Irving, Washington
A Movies > Animated Quiz : Who loves "Princess Mononoke", the well-known Japanese animation directed by Hayao Miyazaki? Take this quiz to find out how much of a "Princess Spirit" fan you are!
1. What is the name of Ashitaka's home clan? 2. What is the name of the red elk Ashitaka rode? 3. What caused the Demon God at the beginning of this movie to become a demon? 4. Although Ashitaka's curse will eventually kill him, it grants him supernatural powers for the time being. 5. Ashitaka was engaged to Kaya, an Emishi village girl, before he left. 6. What did Kaya give Ashitaka as a good luck charm in the beginning of the movie? 7. Iron Town's citizens consist of famous Japanese samurai and shoguns. 8. San is (considers herself) the daughter of ______, the Wolf God. 9. San hates ________ the most out of all humans. 10. A Kodama is a flower spirit. 11. Okkoto is the god of _____. 12. Okkoto eventually becomes a demon. 13. The Forest Spirit becomes the "Night Stalker" at night. 14. How many shots did it take to knock off the Forest Spirit's head? 15. Jigo is the one who killed the Forest Spirit. 16. "Cut off a wolf's head and it can still bite," Lady Eboshi says. After Moro dies, her severed head snaps Lady Eboshi's head off. 17. What happened after the Forest Spirit died? 18. Once his curse was healed, Ashitaka returned to his home village. 19. What is the name of the end credits song?
As the brain ages and deteriorates, there are certain functions that are affected more than others. In particular, processing speed, short-term memory, semantic memory, attention to details, and the ability to multitask are more vulnerable to natural age related decline.
Fortunately, there are certain brain functions that are not affected much by age. These are attention, language, procedural memory, and creativity. In addition, wisdom naturally improves with age. These unaffected skills often compensate for the functions that deteriorate. More Memory Articles...
The mind is very receptive to suggestions. If you repeat to yourself that you feel stressed out and uncreative, then you are going to be stressed out and uncreative. If you tell yourself that you are calm, creative and full of energy, then you will feel and perform better in your daily life.
An affirmation is a carefully crafted statement that you repeat over and over to yourself as a form of auto-suggestion. Affirmations can be a powerful way to reprogram the subconscious and become self-fulfilling. The key to crafting an effective affirmation is to make it appeal to your imagination. Imagination usually trumps intellect and common sense. For example, you probably don't have any problem walking in a straight line without falling down, but if you place a plank of wood over a pit of hungry alligators, you might think twice about walking across. Your imagination takes over and prevents you from performing the simple task.
To make an effective affirmation, choose words that are simple, positive and to the point. Avoid statements of fact that your intellect might reject. For example, a bad affirmation might be, "I am the most creative person in my company." A better affirmation would be, "I am confident in my ability to think creatively." More Stress Articles...
The human brain reaches its full size by age 20 and then starts shrinking by about 1% per year. Male brains actually shrink slightly faster than female brains, but before you draw any conclusions it should be noted that there is no evidence that brain size determines ability. Rather, it is how your brain is constructed that matters.
The decrease in brain mass is not due to the death of neurons. In fact, recent research is showing that you can actually make new neurons as you age. The shrinkage is mostly due to changes within the neurons. In particular, the number of branching dendrites and connecting synapses decreases with age. Additionally, age causes the deterioration of the protective covering that surrounds the neurons. This may contribute to decreased mental performance.
Smoking, drinking and high cholesterol are all thought to hasten the shrinkage of the brain, so there's yet another reason to give up your vices. More Memory Articles...
One technique for becoming lucid in a dream is to ask yourself if you are dreaming. If you are awake, the answer will clearly be "no". But if you are sleeping, the answer is not so certain. There is a high likelihood that this question will cause you to realize that you are dreaming.
To take advantage of this you should get into the habit of asking yourself on a regular basis if you are dreaming. If it becomes habit, then it is likely that you will ask yourself when you are actually asleep. We have already discussed how you should ask this question whenever you see a dreamsign. Unfortunately, dreams don't always have easily identifiable dreamsigns, so you should try to ask yourself this question at other times of the day. It's difficult to remember to ask yourself this question without any sort of cue, so pick something that you encounter on a regular basis and ask the question whenever you see it. For example, you may ask yourself if you are dreaming every time you walk through a door.
The more you ask yourself this question during the day, the more likely it will be that you do it while asleep.