Study finds link between waking-life musical activities and musical dreams

first_imgShare Do you ever remember your dreams?  Chances are that if you do remember them, they are the ones that seem most realistic.  Many people report dreaming about things that they encounter daily.  Such is the case for musicians from all walks of life who report dreams that involve music or inspire lyrics.Recalling dreams is not a new phenomenon.  In fact, most people can recall a portion of what they dream.  Some people even go so far as to maintain a sleep diary — writing down everything that they remember upon awakening.  Research has found dream recall for people involved in athletic and post-traumatic events. Now, a new study has found that people who engage in musical activities are more likely to have dreams about music.In Marh, 2016, the American Psychological Association’s journal Dreaming published research by Lukas Vogelsang and his colleagues. The research proposed that participating in musical activities while awake would result in more dreams about music.  The research was based on the continuity hypothesis (Domhoff, 2003; Schredl, 2003) which purports that waking-life activities are incorporated into dreams. Share on Facebook Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Email Share on Twitter An example of someone whose music was inspired by a dream is Paul McCartney.  He reported that the lyrics to his song “Yesterday” were completely recalled from a dream.  This is an example of how people take their waking-life with them when they go to sleep.  Vogelsang’s research looks at examples from research participants that points to potential reasons music may be incorporated into dreams.The study included 144 participants who were divided into four groups–psychology students, music students, choir members and a rest group.  Each participant provided demographic information and completed a questionnaire which outlined their exposure to music.  Specifically, they were asked about the amount of time that they spent engaged in music both actively and passively.  For most participants, passive engagement included doing something while listening to music.Results indicated that, on average, participants were involved with music in their waking-life for about four to five hours per day.  This time was split up even further with about eighty-two minutes of practice, 111 minutes of passive listening and 42 minutes of active listening.  On average, participants reported their first training with music at six years of age.  When responding to questions about the frequency of dreaming about music, most participants reported that they had at least monthly dreams regarding music.  It was noted that the group reporting the fewest dreams related to music was the psychology group.“The main findings of the study indicate that the amount of time invested inmusical activities during the day is directly related to the estimated percentage ofmusic dreams,” Vogelsang and his colleagues wrote.The limitations of the study include the fact that participants knew that researchers were looking for specific information about dreams involving music.  This may have biased results towards more dreams involving music.The results of the research supports the findings from the continuity hypothesis.  People are more likely to dream about what they experience on a daily basis.  Specifically for this study, the more time spent actively engaged in music, the higher the percentage of dreams involving music.  This could mean dreams about music in general or even future music and lyrics.  This study also teases at the possibility that musicians will make their next big hit while sleeping.Engaged in music activities? You should get a good night’s rest so that they can use your sleep time to dream about the music or your first/next big hit.last_img read more

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Legal aid firm in shock closure

first_imgMackesys, one of London’s biggest criminal legal aid firms, has announced its immediate closure after more than 40 years in business by means of an outspoken statement on its website.All 27 staff members at the firm’s five offices across south-east London have been made redundant.The statement says that chief executive Sean Smith and other staff members received official notification of closure on Monday this week through a letter signed by sole proprietor Geoff Wordsworth and delivered by insolvency practitioner Quantuma LLP.All staff wages including bonuses and expenses will be paid in full at the end of this month.A planned merger announced in July with east London firm SJ Law collapsed around five weeks ago, it has emerged. SJ Law managing partner Vijesh Saujani said the merger broke down halfway through due diligence checks on Mackesys. SJ Law remains in practice.The Mackesys statement says the reason for closure is Wordsworth’s health – ‘namely the failure of two of his heart valves’ –  and stresses that the firm has not been subject to intervention by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Wordsworth could not be contacted.The statement goes on to dismiss as ‘utter nonsense’ rumours that the firm is involved in financial mismanagement and that staff will not be paid.‘The decision to close the firm is a private decision made solely by Mr Wordsworth as he is entitled to do,’ it says. ‘The decision to close Mackesys came as just a big a shock to Sean and his team as it did to anyone.’The statement adds that since becoming chief executive five months ago, self-proclaimed legal services entrepreneur Smith has returned the firm to profit and increased the number of private clients by 200%.The statement does not give any information about what will happen to open files and what action clients should take, other than to contact Quantuma.Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show that in 2012/13 Mackesys received just over £1.5m from criminal legal aid work.last_img read more

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Kenya steps up war against graft

first_imgKenya has intensified the war against corruption amid public outcry over pilfering in the public sector that has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger, unemployment and crime.President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vow to spare no individual in his quest to eradicate graft has started paying off as senior government officials accused of perpetrating the vice are being prosecuted.Experts agree that reducing or hopefully, eliminating corruption will not only secure an honorable legacy for President Kenyatta but also improve Kenya’s image in the eyes of multilateral lenders and investors.Tony Watima, a Nairobi-based financial analyst said that endemic corruption was a threat to Kenya’s economic growth, political stability and social cohesion hence the need to adopt deterrent measures like lengthy prison terms for offenders alongside seizure of assets acquired through illegal means.Kenyans from all walks of life want the government to take decisive action against graft that is responsible for 30 percent loss to the annual budget.The recent arrest and prosecution of treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and 26 other officials over dams’ scandal signaled renewed commitment by the government to fight graft.Noordin Haji, director of Kenya’s public prosecutions, on July 22 ordered the arrest of Rotich and senior treasury officials for inflating the cost of constructing two dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County that is located in the northwestern part of the country.Elsewhere, anti-graft detectives early this week arrested the governor of central Kenya county of Kiambu, Ferdinand Waititu, his wife and several officials over irregular tendering and conflict of interest.The first-term governor in the endowed county neighboring Nairobi is said to have awarded contracts for the construction of a feeder road to a company owned by his proxies.A high court ruling last week dealt a blow to governors facing trials over corruption-related charges by declaring they should step aside in line with a clause in the constitution that raises the bar on integrity for public servants.And Kenyatta recently appointed an acting cabinet secretary for the national treasury as anti-graft sleuths train their guns on other senior state officials accused of financial impropriety.last_img read more

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S. African minister tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgZambia’s health minister tests positive for COVID-19 Zambia’s information minister tests positive for COVID-19 South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe, who confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Photo via Government of South African) South African Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe, who confirmed to have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Photo via Government of South African)South Africa’s Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, said the government on Tuesday night.“Minister Mantashe and Mrs Mantashe are currently in isolation and the minister will continue to work from home,” said Cabinet Spokesperson, adding that officials from his office will be tested for COVID-19.This was the Mantashe’s third round of tests conducted since the COVID-19 outbreak, said Williams.“The minister remains committed to a course of ensuring security of energy and petroleum products supply to society during this difficult period and beyond,” she added.The number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now sit at 298,292 while the death toll has hit 4,346.Relatedcenter_img Top Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan tests positive for COVID-19last_img read more

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Teenage Driver Arrested after Crashing Car Whilst 6 Times over the Drink Limit

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPOLICE from Dumfries reported that a 19 year old man was arrested in the early hours of this morning following a crash and found to be almost 6 times over the drink driving limit.He was arrested and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.A police Spokesperson gave this mesage “Drink and drug driving remains completely unacceptable and those caught face an automatic driving ban. We are determined to keep our roads safe, so if you have any information about drink or drug drivers make sure you pass it to Police Scotland by phoning 101”last_img read more

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Campaign Launched To Tackle The Stigma Around Periods

first_imgA new groundbreaking campaign has been launched to challenge the stigma around periods and encourage more people to talk openly about them.Aimed at 16-24 year olds, the ‘Let’s Call Periods, Periods’ marketing campaign shows how, as a society, we use all kinds of words and phrases to avoid using the word ‘periods’ when they are a natural bodily function experienced by more than 50% of the population.Evidence shows that more than one in three women in the UK have experienced period shaming through bullying, isolation or ‘time of the month’ jokes and nearly half of UK women said they felt embarrassed the first time they got their period, 35% said they felt scared and 24% felt confused.Research has also found that over half said they hide period products when carrying them to the toilet so as not to embarrass others, and 43% said they did this because they thought people would embarrass them or make jokes.Stigma can lead some people to feel too embarrassed to talk about periods, which can cause them to miss school, college, university or work, or use products that aren’t fit for purpose or even let medical issues go unchecked.By starting an open conversation around periods, the campaign seeks to make everyone feel more comfortable talking about periods.Launching the campaign, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said:“Since we launched our world-leading action to make access to period products free in all schools, colleges and universities in 2018, I have seen and heard about many brilliant examples of students and schools challenging the stigma and making it easier for everyone to talk about periods.“We don’t want this momentum to stop and that is why we have launched this innovative campaign to make everyone feel more comfortable discussing periods with their friends, family and others.“Ultimately, this is about dignity and respect and being more open. The stigma associated with periods needs to disappear. We should not feel like we have to use euphemisms or code words for periods, but can be empowered to have frank discussions about what they are and how we feel without anyone feeling embarrassed.“It has been amazing to see so many people take part and support this campaign and to hear about their own experiences, so many of which are all too familiar. It’s time we all call out the stigma and call periods, periods.”Keryn Matthew, current Miss Scotland and #TalkPeriods host said:“Despite periods being a monthly reality for billions of us all over the world, some people would still rather say ‘Time of the month’ or ‘Got the painters in’ than ‘period’. We need to start talking about periods more openly so we can tackle the stigma that surrounds them.“I remember being in a shop recently and my tampon landing on the check-out as I grabbed my purse and I was mortified.  But, why should I feel like that? It’s because we don’t feel able to talk about periods freely and I want to help change this. That’s why I’m supporting this brilliant new campaign, talking about periods and sharing my own experiences, in the I hope that everyone will get involved and help change the narrative.“By having more conversations, we can stop people feeling embarrassed, and ultimately, stop period shaming. Let’s say it straight and call periods, periods.”BackgroundThe Campaign‘Let’s Call Periods, Periods’ marketing campaign shows how, as a society, we use all kinds of words and phrases to avoid using the word “periods”. The core message is that it’s time to start talking in a more honest and straightforward way and say it straight – let’s call periods, periods.To kick-start the conversation, a launch event in Edinburgh brought together a collective of young people, influencers and key stakeholders to talk periods. A series of illustrations by Scottish illustrator Kitty Pressland were unveiled which brought to life some of the common euphemisms that feature in the campaign to highlight the issue and start conversations.The national campaign will run across cinema, TV, print, outdoor and online advertising, with Instagram being used as hub for conversations to happen and content to be shared.Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/talkperiods/ and join the conversation using #TalkPeriodsResearchActionAid research (sample: 2,140 women and men, YouGov)more than one in three (37%) of women in the UK have experienced period shaming through bullying, isolation or ‘time of the month’ jokes one in three (37%) women in the UK said they would not feel comfortable discussing periods with male friends. 17% of men would find discussing periods with female friends uncomfortable nearly half (46%) of UK women said they felt embarrassed the first time they got their period, 35% said they felt scared and 24% felt confused AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedIncenter_img over half (52%) said they hide sanitary products when carrying them to the toilet so as not to embarrass others, and 43% said they did this because they thought people would embarrass them or make jokes nearly half (47%) of women surveyed, say they would feel uncomfortable discussing periods with their dads. 9% of men would feel uncomfortable discussing periods with their daughtersAccess to period products schemeThe Scottish Government has invested almost £15 million in total in our world-leading action. This includes a scheme to provide free period products in schools, colleges and universities launched in 2018 and the expansion of this to provide products to those who need them the most in community settings via local authorities and community groups. In 2020, we will continue to improve access to period products through spreading good practice and further expanding our work to tackle the stigma around periods.last_img read more

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Cancer care advocate to receive Independence award

first_img Share Share 15 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Cancer care advocate to receive Independence award by: – October 17, 2013center_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Vinna RoyerAn advocate for cancer care will receive Dominica’s third highest award of honour during the National Independence Rally on November 3.Former St Joseph school teacher and former president of the Dominica Cancer Society, Vinna Royer will receive the award for her contribution towards cancer care and awareness on the island.This was announced by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at an award ceremony for twenty-five (25) St Joseph residents, including Mrs Royer, on Thursday, 17th October.Mrs Royer, who is one of the founding members of the Dominica Cancer Society and a cancer survivor has been advocating for better treatment facilities and funding for cancer patients. She has also been instrumental in educating the public and raising awareness about cancers which affect both men and women.“I am really surprised but excited,” Mrs Royer told Dominica Vibes after the announcement.She said this recognition is not only for her, but for the people whom she serves as well as those she works with.The Society has also been advocating for the establishment of a cancer treatment centre here which would reduce in the cost incurred by cancer patients for treatment overseas.“I pray that at some point in time there will be no cancer patients to work with, [but] as long as there remains persons to be served, I want to make myself available to serve”. “I don’t think it is only a matter for serving the Cancer Society, I think it has to do with community service as a whole,” she continued.Mrs Royer has also been very active within her community through service on the village council as well as in her church.She believes the award she will receive indicates government’s recognition for cancer care in Dominica.“I consider it a plus because it says that government is recognizing, people are listening, people are taking note. As long as people are taking note, we can expect to get better service”.Prime Minister Skerrit further announced that his government will assist seven Dominican cancer patients to travel abroad for treatment as per a request made by the Cancer Society.Mr Skerrit said the funding for that purpose was approved on Thursday. The names of the other awardees have not yet been disclosed.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Eviction Notice For Barbudans

first_img Sharing is caring! 91 Views   no discussions (Antigua Observer) A number of Barbudans currently living in two shelters in Antigua, at the expense of the government, will be asked to vacate those premises by the end of the month, according to the director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS).Those shelters in question are the Nurses Hostel and the former Barrymore Hotel. Currently, there are 230 individuals living in the shelters and, of that number, 20 were given evacuation notices, while another 15 will be asked to leave after their children have completed various exams at the end of the current academic year.In making the disclosure yesterday, Philmore Mullin said that those remaining will be transferred to the National Technical Vocational Centre.“The numbers will be significantly reduced between now and the end of the month. Those persons whose children are going to school will be asked to go back to Barbuda. Again, I would like to re-iterate that there are at least two shelters that could be occupied almost immediately in Barbuda and we are working feverishly to complete a third,” Mullin said during yesterday’s post-Cabinet briefing.The NODS director told reporters that the government will be closing the shelters shortly due to damage to the properties at the hands of some Barbudans who have been residing in Antigua since hurricane Irma slammed Barbuda in September last year.Mullin said given the damage at both shelters, it would appear as though some Barbudans are not appreciative of the efforts made by the government or that they generally do not care.He also explained that some of the Barbudans believe that once relief items are sent to the shelters they must have unfettered access to them. He noted that the items are distributed on a scheduled basis. However, a handful of the evacuees refuse to wait and would instead help themselves to the supplies from the different storage areas.Speaking specifically to the present conditions of the Nurses Hostel, that was retrofitted to provide a more comfortable space for Barbudans, the NODS official said several doors are broken, and the locks on refrigerators that were purchased are also damaged.“The level of cleanliness and vandalism [are] cause for concern. The government spent a significant amount of money in preparing the Anchorage Inn and the Nurses Hostel and then, in the case of the Nurses Hostel, provided all of the necessities to make the Barbudans comfortable in that space.“This is being done by a very small minority. It is already in the public domain that a significant sum of money has to be spent to repair the stadium after it was vacated by Barbudans [and] I can tell you that a similar activity will have to be carried out at the Barrymore Hotel and the Nurses Hostel,” Mullin said.He added that the agency is concerned about what he described was a vexing issue.Meanwhile, the NODS director also disclosed that once the Barbudans vacate Nurses Hostel, the residents at the Fiennes Institute will be relocated there so that the government can repair the building in which the currently reside. Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share NewsRegional Eviction Notice For Barbudans by: – June 8, 2018last_img read more

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Report: Indians Chatting with Three Teams About Pitcher for Outfielder Deal

first_img Related TopicsDodgersIndiansJon MorosiMichael BrantleyMLBYankees For each of 3 teams mentioned, #Indians would obtain everyday OF and part with a starting pitcher. Many scenarios in play for CLE. (2/2)— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 18, 2015 Matt Loede It sounds like this offseason is going to be one of wheeling and dealing for the Indians, at least from the words of Fox MLB Insider Jon Morosi.Last night it broke from Morosi that the Indians were getting interest in two of their starting pitchers, Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar from the New York Yankees, and the player (at least as part of the deal) that could be coming back in return would be outfielder Brett Gardner.Now today there’s more chatter about the Tribe from Morosi, with a tweet stating that the Dodgers, Yankees and Blue Jays are all in chats with the Indians about a possible trade.The deal with one of those teams would include a starting outfielder (like Gardner) and in return they would have to part with one of their starters (Carrasco or Salazar).What outfielders could the Indians get in return besides Gardner? The Dodgers outfield includes Carl Crawford, Andre Either, Joc Pederson, Enrique Hernandez, and Yasiel Puig. The outfield for the Jays has the following – Jose Bautista, Ben Revere, Kevin Pillar, and Ezequiel Carrrera. The Indians could clearly use an outfielder, as last season they ended the year with Abraham Almonte (who came in a mid-season trade), Lonnie Chisenhall (who is still making the transition from third base) and Michael Brantley ended the year on the DL and had shoulder surgery.No matter how you look at it, for now it appears the Indians are committed to doing something to improve their outfield and make an early splash this offseason. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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