Overweight people may be able to lose 10 times more weight using “Functional Imagery Training” (FIT) than those treated using “motivational interviews” (MI) alone, shows a new study led by Linda Solbrig, a PhD researcher at the University of Plymouth in the UK. FIT refers to an approach that uses mental imagery to motivate behavior change.
The FIT group involved dieters boosting their motivation levels through visualizing how great things would feel, taste and smell, and how much better one might look, if one were thinner, and another group receiving MI therapy alone. The results showed that the FIT dieters lost 6.44kg and 9.1cm off their waists after a year, while MI dieters only lost 0.67kg and 2.46cm off their waists on average.
In recent years, mental imagery techniques have also commonly been used by athletes to improve their performance. Several years ago, a similar study, conducted by Ohio University in the US, found that such imagery exercises can prevent the loss of muscle strength after a period of nonuse.
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A: Have you tried the new AI chatbot ChatGPT? B: Yes, I have. It interacts conversationally, and can answer my questions on the spot. A: My school has announced a ban on ChatGPT, to prevent AI-assisted cheating. B: My school hasn’t banned it, but teachers are encouraged to come up with a strict usage policy to avoid disputes. A: Instead of banning it, perhaps we should learn to live with it. A: 你試過新型人工智能聊天機器人ChatGPT嗎？ B: 試過啊，它會以對話方式互動，還會立即回答問題呢。 A: 不過我的學校最近宣布禁用ChatGPT，以防止人工智能作弊。 B: 我的學校雖然沒禁用，但是鼓勵老師制定嚴格使用政策以避免爭議。 A: 與其禁用，或許我們應該學習與它共處。 （By Eddy Chang, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩〉
The Arctic is not known for its abundance. On the contrary, people often think of it with a shiver, not only because of the brutal cold, but also because of the apparent lack of all forms of life. However, for the indigenous people of the area, including the “Inuit,” the Arctic has always been a place that provides for them. Despite conflicts with invaders and governmental persecution, Inuit culture has continued to connect people to the land — but climate change now threatens to undo that. For millennia, Inuit have lived and hunted on the ice in regions that are
對話 Dialogue A: 走，我帶你去吃牛排，七分熟的最好吃了！ A: Zǒu, wǒ dài nǐ qù chī niúpái, qīfēnshóude zuì hàochīle! B: 對不起，我不能吃牛肉。 B: Duìbùqǐ, wǒ bùnéng chī niúròu. A: 沒關係，那家餐廳也有雞、魚、豬跟海鮮，都很不錯。 A: Méiguānxi, nà jiā cāntīng yěyǒu jī, yú, zhū gēn hǎixiān, dōu hěn búcuò. B: 不好意思，我最近腸胃不好，吃得太油就拉肚子。 B: Bùhǎoyìsi, wǒ zuìjìn chángwèi bù hǎo, chī de tài yóu jiù lādùzi. A: 這樣啊！我看你只能吃素了。沙拉吧吃到飽可以吧？ A: Zhèyàng a! Wǒ kàn nǐ zhǐ néng chīsùle. Shālā bà chīdàobǎo kěyǐ ba? B: 可以，我最喜歡吃生菜和水煮蛋了！謝謝你啦。 B: Kěyǐ, wǒ zuì xǐhuān chī shēngcài hàn shuǐzhǔdànle! Xièxie nǐ la. 翻譯 Translation A: Come on, I’ll take you to eat steak, medium-well is the best! B: But, I don’t eat beef. A: That’s fine. That restaurant also has chicken, fish, pork and
Here is an interest inventory for junior high school students. 這是一個為國中生設計的興趣量表。 ========== STUDENT INTEREST INVENTORY Class: No: Name: I. What career would you like to have when you grow up? What are your top three? (1) __________ (2) __________ (3) __________ II. Read each question and check the item(s) that you like . 1. Which subject(s) do you like? □ Chinese □ English□ Math □ Science □ PE □Health □ Art □ Technology 2. What kinds of books / videos do you like to read / watch? □ Animals □ Nature □ Science□ Stories □ Design □ Education□ Numbers □Computer 3. What activities