Need some inspiration while you're in the library today? Take a pause to look at some cute animal pics, because it actually will help you. No joke, it's one of the many productivity-boosting facts written up below. All of these facts are very strange, but very true, and none of them are a drag. Read on to get productive.
Bump me, Bro
Stay healthy by pounding fists, not shaking hands. Giving a props to your home boys (or girls) transfers a lot less bacteria than an old school handshake. Fist bump more = more time to study.
Don't Hit The Snooze Button
Hitting the snooze button for an extra few Z's is not a good strategy. Doing so will likely bring your mind back into the first stages of the sleep cycle, the hardest and most annoying point to be woken up from.
STOP Checking Your Emails
Take a break from your inbox, it'll do your mind and body good. Without access to email, workers were found to be less stressed, multitask less frequently, and have more prolonged focus.
Super Kawaii (that means super cute in Japanese)
Japanese researchers have found that viewing images of cute animals/cartoons before a task makes one more focused, the result of a "cuteness-triggered positive emotion"
The Power-Man Pose
For guys (and girls) looking for a confidence boost, taking a stance with feet firmly planted, head high up, and hands firmly planted on the head, sides, or any surface will increase testosterone levels and promote a feeling of power and confidence. Rock a power stance at your next presentation for a better review.
Leave Your Work At Work
Stop thinking about work/school once you get home, especially after a hard day, and you will decrease the amount of emotional carry-over into your home life. Even if school made you feel shitty, get positive at home and you'll stay that way...until tomorrow.
Appearance > Reality
Telling friends things you don't necessarily believe about yourself can still make it true. Next time you know you should study and not party, tell your friends "no you can't" rather than tell yourself "no, I don't feel like it" and you'll be much more likely to follow through.
Why You Love Coffee Shops
There's a reason everyone flocks to study at coffee shops. At 70dB, coffee shops have the ideal noise level for thinking creatively and abstractly.
The 90 Minute Mark
Don't pull all nighters or cram sessions. Instead, space your workload out in 90 minute intervals, the optimal time for maximizing productivity and minimizing exhaustion.
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
Concordia neuroscientist Dr. Nadia Chaudhri died on October 5, the university announced Wednesday.
Dr. Chaudhri documented her battle with ovarian cancer on Twitter, where she had over 146,000 followers.
In her final days, the professor used her platform to raise money for the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award, Concordia said in a statement. The award aims "to support the training of neuroscientists from underrepresented backgrounds and honour Nadia Chaudhri's legacy of academic achievement and mentorship."
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She also shared the details of her symptoms to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.
"Nadia was a force of nature," Concordia President Graham Carr said. "She was an incredibly talented researcher with a passion for teaching and student success matched only by her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion."
"She enriched us. Our entire community grieves her death and offers deeply heartfelt condolences to her son, Reza, and husband, Moni — whom she lovingly called her Sun and Moon — her family, friends, colleagues and the thousands of supporters to the Nadia Chaudhri Wingspan Award who embraced her cause."