Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Soundtrack of My Life

"Jessica's Theme" - Bruce Rowland - This song doesn't have any lyrics; it comes from the movie The Man from Snowy River which is a classic favorite of mine.  The song is all piano and I just love the flow of the music and the crescendos in between the dramatic parts.  I think one of the reasons really connect with this song is because I played piano for eight years of my life and since have gotten to really appreciate musical talent.  I find the song extremely emotional and beautiful, like it's telling a story but that story can be anything you want it to be.

"I am the Walrus" - The Beatles - I love The Beatles and this song is one of my favorites by them.  I don't know what it is about this particular song but as soon as my dad showed it to me I fell in love.  It's so weird and abstract yet awesome at the same time.  My dad told me that he used to listen to it everyday during lunch when he was a kid, so I find this song a way for us to connect musically.

"Long Hot Summer" - Keith Urban - It reminds me of summer, my favorite time of the year when I get to go boating and be outside enjoying the weather.  It's such a happy song, and who can resist having Keith Urban on the soundtrack to their life!

"Mama's Song" - Carrie Underwood - Carrie Underwood is one of my all time musical idols.  I've been a fan of hers ever since she auditioned on American Idol.  Even  though I can't say I dislike any of her songs, this particular one is very important to me.  I talks about a mother letting her daughter move out and be with the man she loves, and how letting a child go is not the same as saying goodbye.  Especially now that I am off to college, this song makes me really appreciate everything my mom (and my dad) has done for me and how important it is that she's in my life.

"Rapper's Delight" - Sugarhill Gang - My best friend Courtney and I love jamming to this song.

"Keep Me in Mind" - Zac Brown Band - It reminds me of my spring break trip to Mexico, tropical weather, and fun times.

"Bad Kids" - Lady Gaga - This doesn't really say anything about my life but I love Lady Gaga and this song.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Research Practice

"The number of obese young persons in the United States tripled from 1980 to 2000, with similar trends in other countries…Overweight children often become overweight adults. Obesity in adults increases the likelihood of cardiovascular risk factors, including metabolic syndrome" (Spoitta and Luma 2008).
Spiotta, R., & Luma, G. (2008). Evaluating obesity and cardiovascular risk factors in children and adolescents. American Family Physician, 78(9), 1052-8. Retrieved from

This quote comes from an article in which the authors discuss how obesity in children can lead to cardiovascular issues in adulthood. I found this article to be relevant to my research topic on obesity because it shows the problems obesity in childhood can have once they reach adulthood. In my paper, I think I would use this quote to explain the different negative effects of obesity, and also provide information from the article on ways to prevent childhood obesity, which were discussed later in the article. I think this source is very credible because it is a primary source and the author backs up her statements with evidence from research.
"Cristol's study concluded that there was some association between economic status and obesity rates particularly in the Chinese population. Children of affluent Chinese parents were more likely to be obese than were children of parents unable to purchase energy rich foods. In contrast Cristol concluded that obesity in the U.S. was more prevalent among children living in low income families. The author suggested that even poorer children in affluent countries can still afford to overeat and they are either unaware of healthier alternatives or are aware yet choose to ignore the alternatives" (Byington 2009).

Byington, R., Keene, S., & Samples, D. (2009). An Epidemiological Overview Of Pediatric Obesity: A Global Perspective Of A Growing Problem. Internet Journal Of World Health & Societal Politics, 6(2), 4.

I am choosing to use this review in my research paper because it gives possible causes for childhood obesity and reasons behind why children in America as well as other developed countries are becoming obese. I'm a little uncertain if this is classified as a credible source, mostly because it's labeled as a literature review, so it is not a primary source document. I'm wondering if I need to go back and research the actual studies that concluded the findings.  However, I like how in this article the author gives multiple studies and different findings that correlate with obesity, such as low socioeconomic status, family expectations, traditional dietary beliefs, and knowledge about food and disease.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Avoidable Death of Rebecca Riley

Ronson's main focus of this chapter is on the DSM and how many people are misdiagnosed because of the checklists created in this booklet. He also tries to show how the DSM can cause great harm to people who are diagnosed with a mental disorder they do not have. It starts off with Ronson attending a Scientology banquet in which everyone there is making fun of the DSM for all of its outrageous disorders.  Robert Spitzer, the man who edited the first DSM, tells of the process of coming up with a new mental disorder. Basically, a group of psychiatrists would gather in a conference room and shout out ideas they have for a type of new mental disorder with a checklist that accompanied and if Spitzer agreed it would be added to the list. Later in the chapter, stories of how people are wrongly accused of mental disorders, especially child bipolar disorder, is addressed.  The story of Rebecca Riley, in how she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and then drugged to death by her parents plays a main role in Ronson's point of misdiagnoses. The chapter ends with an interview with Rebecca's mother by Katie Couric, who asks if she knew what was wrong with her child.  Her mother replies, "I don't know. Maybe she was just hyper for her age."

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that it was one of the more interesting english readings I've had to read over the years.  I think the way Ronson wrote it, by keeping mystery throughout the entire plot, keeps you enticed to find out more about the world of psychopaths and to eventually decide on your own terms what it means to be a psychopath.  I was slightly confused at the end, however, because I didn't understand the message of "good luck" sent by Petter. Was this for Ronson to try to figure out another mystery, or was it making a point that Petter was able to control the researchers like in the beginning by doing something completely random?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Aiming a Bit High

In this chapter, Ronson tells the story of a once renowned criminal profiler named Paul Britton.  Britton became popular for his ability to interpret a crime and create an image of the type of suspect police should be looking for.  His career was extremely successful up until a case in which a man was wrongfully accused of the murder of a twenty-three-year-old woman, Rachel Nickell.  In this case, Britton created the profile for the type of suspect police should be looking for, and then helped initiate a trap in which the primary suspect was lured and hired impersonators were used to try to get a confession out of him.  In the end the suspect, Clin Stagg, was arrested for the murder of Rachel Nickell and later released when the actual murderer was arrested.  After this case, Britton's career essentially ended and he was no longer used as a criminal profiler.

Although I found both chapters interesting in that they gave two different stories of psychopathic incidents, I find chapter 8 especially confusing.  I feel that Ronson jumps around a lot in telling the story of David Shayler and it was difficult for me to connect the different aspects.  One thing I took away from that particular chapter was how Ronson shows how society only appreciates the right sort of madness.  Shayler's popularity dramatically decreased once he started to claim he was the Messiah because people thought this was "too mad". However, when he told news stations of his theory about 9/11, he was a large success.  I find these types of situations occur in the media as well.  Journalists will look for just the right sort of madness to portray, and society finds it extremely interesting.  But just when the story becomes too extreme, their popularity decreases.