Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 13th 2017 Contents A26 body & soul
guardian.co.tt Monday, March 13, 2017
In loving memory of
(CEO of Ramnarine Industrial Supplies Ltd)
Born: 20.10.48 Died: 13.3.07
From: Your children Michelle, Lisa, Marsha and Varma. Your sons-in-law Kurt, Abhedanand,
Vinod and your daughter-in-law Ambika. Also your grandchildren Abhishek, Amba-Vaani,
Suveer, Mikhail, Zane, Rhys, Sahil, Liam, Xander, Sanvikha and brothers, sisters and friends.
May the blessings of Lord Krishna always be with you.
I am gone, release me,
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears
Just be happy that we had some years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess,
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I still feel your love,
I still share your hopes and all of your cares
I even know I am still in your prayers.
I just want to tell you
You still make me proud
Always stand heads and shoulders
above the crowd.
I thank you for the love you have shown
But now it's time for me to travel on alone.
To my children, grandchildren, maa,
family and friends
Please be thankful today
For I am still close beside you in a new
and special way.
I am now with Krishna in the heaven's above,
Please take care of each other,
We send you all our love
You were a gift sent straight from Heaven
Given to us from God above.
We didn't know how much you
would teach us
About the meaning of true love..
For true love sometimes means letting go
Of someone precious and dear.
That is what were forced to do...
Although we wanted to keep you here.
No farewell words were spoken,
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it and
only God knows why.
Our hearts still aches in sadness
and secret tears will flow
What it meant to love you -
no one will ever know;
But now we know you want us
to mourn for you no more;
To remember all the happy times life
still has much in store.
Yet still you'll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today -
A hallowed place within our hearts
is where you'll always stay.
We know that you are an Angel now,
Full of wisdom and love..
Watching over those of us who love you
From the shining stars above.
We miss you more than you can ever know.
You will never be replaced....
In our hearts and memories forever,
Will always be your sweet and loving face.
From the drumbeats of our
ancient ancestors to today's
unlimited streaming services,
music is an integral part of the
human experience. Research-
ers have pondered the possible
therapeutic and mood boosting
benefits of music for centuries.
Even sad music brings most lis-
teners pleasure and comfort, ac-
cording to research from Durham
University in the United Kingdom
and the University of Jyväskylä in
Finland, published in PLOS ONE.
Conversely, the study found that
for some people, sad music can cause
negative feelings of profound grief.
The research involved three sur-
veys of more than 2,400 people in
the United Kingdom and Finland,
focusing on the emotions and mem-
orable experiences associated with
listening to sad songs.
The majority of experiences re-
ported by participants were positive.
"The results help us to pinpoint
the ways people regulate their mood
with the help of music, as well as
how music rehabilitation and music
therapy might tap into these pro-
cesses of comfort, relief, and en-
joyment," said lead author, Tuomas
Eerola, PhD, a professor of music
cognition at Durham University, in
a press release.
He also said the study may help
find reasons for both listening to and
avoiding sad music.
An earlier study, published in
the Journal of Consumer Research,
found that people tend to prefer sad
music when they are experiencing a
deep interpersonal loss, like the end
of a relationship.
The authors of that study suggest-
ed that sad music provides a substi-
tute for the lost relationship. They
compared it to the preference most
people have for an empathic friend
---someone who truly understands
what you're going through.
Other research has focused on the
joy upbeat music can bring.
A 2013 study in the Journal of Pos-
itive Psychology found that people
who listened to upbeat music could
improve their moods and boost their
happiness in just two weeks.
This music research aligns with
the larger arena of music thera-
py. The American Music Therapy
Association (AMTA) reports that
music therapy programmes can be
designed to achieve goals such as
managing stress, enhancing mem-
ory, and alleviating pain.
It might seem surprising that mu-
sic can help people cope with phys-
ical pain, but research has shown a
clear link. A 2015 review in The Lan-
cet found that people who listened
to music before, during, or after
surgery experienced less pain and
anxiety, compared to patients who
did not listen to music. The music
listeners didn't even need as much
To conduct the study, researchers
looked at data from 73 different tri-
als, involving more than 7,000 pa-
tients. The people who experienced
a slightly greater, but nonsignificant,
reduction in pain, and needed the
least pain medication, were the ones
who got to pick their own music.
"Music is a non-invasive, safe,
cheap intervention that should be
available to everyone undergoing
surgery," lead study author Cathe-
rine Meads, PhD, of Brunel Univer-
sity in the United Kingdom, recom-
mended in a press release.
When it comes to treating chronic
conditions, music therapy can also
play a powerful role.
A recent review in the World
Journal of Psychiatry found that
music therapy can be an effective
treatment for mood disorders related
to neurological conditions, includ-
ing Parkinson's disease, dementia,
stroke, and multiple sclerosis.
After reviewing 25 trials, the re-
searchers concluded that music is a
valid therapy to potentially reduce
depression and anxiety, as well as
to improve mood, self-esteem, and
quality of life. (www.healthline.com)
Research shows that even sad music can lift your mood, while other studies
suggest music can boost happiness and reduce anxiety.
Music affects moods
As Superman flies over the city,
people on the ground famously
suppose they see a bird, then a
plane, and then finally realise it's
a superhero. But they haven't just
spotted the Man of Steel---they've
experienced the ideal conditions
to create a very strong memory
Johns Hopkins University cognitive
psychologists are the first to link hu-
man's long-term visual memory with
how things move. The key, they found,
lies in whether we can visually track an
object. When people see Superman,
they don't think they're seeing a bird,
a plane and a superhero. They know
it's just one thing---even though the
distance, lighting and angle change
how he looks.
People's memory improves signif-
icantly with rich details about how
an object's appearance changes as it
moves through space and time, the
researchers concluded. The findings,
which shed light on long-term mem-
ory and could advance machine learn-
ing technology, appear in this month's
Journal of Experimental Psychology:
Humans have a remarkable mem-
ory for objects, says co-author Mark
Schurgin, a graduate student in
Flombaum's Visual Thinking Lab.
We recognize things we haven't seen
in decades---like eight-track tapes and
subway tokens. We know the faces of
neighbours we've never even met. And
very small children will often point
to a toy in a store after seeing it just
once on TV.
Schurgin and Flombaum wondered
if people's vast ability for recall, a skill
machines and computers cannot come
close to matching, had something to
do with our "core knowledge" of the
world, the innate understanding of ba-
sic physics that all humans, and many
animals, are born with. Specifically,
everyone knows something can't be
in two places at once. So if we see one
thing moving from place to place, our
brain has a chance to see it in varying
Likewise, if something is behaving
erratically and we can't be sure we're
seeing just one thing, those memories
won't form. The researchers tested
the theory in a series of experiments
where people were shown very short
video clips of moving objects, then
given memory tests. Sometimes the
objects appeared to move across the
screen as a single object would. Other
times they moved in ways we wouldn't
expect a single object to move, such
as popping out from one side of the
screen and then the other.
In every experiment, subjects had
significantly better memories---as
much as nearly 20 per cent better---of
trackable objects that moved accord-
ing to our expectations, the research-
ers found. The researchers expect the
findings to help computer scientists
build smarter machines that can rec-
ognise objects. Learning more about
how humans do it, Flombaum said,
will help us build systems that can do
it. (Johns Hopkins University)
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's---a key
discovery about human memory
People's memory improves
significantly with rich details about
how an object's appearance changes
as it moves through space and time, a
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