Monthly Archives: September 2015

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Pt.2 – Roger

Last weekend, I posted my first blog post on entrepreneurship, in which I examined how important innovation has been for businesses, especially startups, through some examples including a brief overview of the economy of Malaysia. As I mentioned at the end of my blog post last week, I will talk about some of my experiences within the field of innovation and explore how innovation can help my own business this week.

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Week Three — Cleo

A brief progress update:

My first story is beginning to find its way to the end of the writing phase. I think that it is structurally and stylistically complete, however, it needs more detail and description before I can enter the editing process.

The main focus on my post this week will be answers. Since my last post, a few questions have been raised that I thought I should clarify, so as to further explain my project:

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One Boy that Rules Them All

In last week’s post, a big name was mentioned, but not looked into. If you had really thought about the money multiplier, you would realize that what decides the magnitude of this money generator seems to be only one number that is decided by one institution so powerful that it rules all the banks in the United States, including those “giants” that are worth more than 10 billions.

The number is of course the Federal Reserve Rate, and the institution, that we will talk about today, is the Federal Reserve System.


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Stigma, Functionality, and Bipolar Disorder- Lily

This past week I read a few articles on functionality and stigmas of bipolar disorder. One certain article really stood out to me, Stigma: A Core Factor On Predicting Functionality in Bipolar Disorder. This article presented hypothesizes and results of a group of 91 patients with bipolar disorder. Each person was given a questionnaire, which is made by the Scientific Section for Mood Disorders of the Psychiatric Association of Turkey. Functioning like emotional functioning, intellectual functioning, sexual functioning, feelings of stigmatization, social withdraw, household relations, relations with friends, participation to social activities, daily activities and hobbies, taking initiative and self sufficiency, and occupation, were all related to each bipolar patient depending on certain variables. A study that examined the influence of functioning in the patients: high scores of self-perceived stigma directly relates to lower scores of functioning, like mentioned previously.

The results included the relationship between demographic and medical variables with functioning. There was no proved relationship among functioning and sex, marital status, vocation, or psychotic-featured episodes. The variables that affected the bipolar patients’ functioning were, age, education, duration of disorder, number of hospitalizations, number of manic episode, number of depressive episodes, and duration of last remission period. These variables were all severity and linked to depression, internalized stigmatization, and perceived social support for the patient.

The article mentioned that the three predictors of functionality are depression, stigmatization, and social support. These were analyzed to further understand the effects of the variables of functioning. For example, the severity of depression correlated with internalized stigma. The results showed that internalized stigmatization is related to things like years of education, number of hospitalizations, depression and perceived social support. Sex relates to perceived social support, as males tend to perceive it less than females.

This article was interesting to me because it talked about all of the variables that connect to one’s disorder. Brandon and I are interested in social perceptions of bipolar patients. This article included a lot of information about how a bipolar patient functions according to certain variables. I wonder why males tend to feel less social support than females. I wonder if it could be because stereotypically males do not express their emotions, so they do not feel open to articulating and accepting emotions. This article did a good job of explaining and showing through the results of tests how certain aspects of a person relate to the severity of bipolar disorder.



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Week 2: Cool Kids – Will

We all have secrets. Some of us are trying to trying to hide them from our friends, spouses, or even totalitarian governments. This week in CS50 we covered cryptography; the art of keeping secrets.  Cryptography is an incredibly immense and incredible science dating back to antiquity with the Greeks and the Arabs. Also one that is incredibly relevant to the privacy crisis we have going on today. Let’s dive into three examples of cryptography in this weeks PSet 2.

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Week 3 – Aidan

This week I worked on using simple sounds collectively to string together one track. The idea this week is that I don’t overthink the synthesis side of the song; the part where I create the main synths and decide how much time I’ll put into making them complex or simple.  Continue reading


This week, I ventured back to the Yale Psychology Course. The lecture was taught by Professor Susan Nolen-Hoeksema who touched on depression, bipolar disorder, and treatments of the two.  I was already familiar with depression however, my knowledge of mania was very basic.
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