Unscripted: From Candid Camera to today’s Reality TV bullying and narcissism

Reality TV

Reality TV (Flickr photo by leunix)

Who doesn’t love to escape from reality? Increasingly, over the last decade and change, television viewers escape their own realities by watching other people’s. Unscripted reality television programs have grown from a handful of shows in 2000 to around 320 programs in 2010. Reality television isn’t new – shows that featured real people and real reactions are a long-time staple, and pioneer Candid Camera has been around for 65 years. But the growth in reality television programming has some researchers concerned about the impact reality TV has on the American viewing audience, from claims that it encourages narcissism to concerns that it glorifies bullying. Read more

FDA ruling sets standards for gluten free diet foods labeling: Buy with confidence

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...On Friday, August 2, 2013, an FDA ruling was finalized that set a standard for the labeling of gluten-free diet foods. This is good news for the more than three million Americans who must modify their diets in order to deal with the effects of celiac disease. Friday’s ruling enhances a 2004 law that addresses the levels of trace gluten in foods that bear the label of gluten-free. Read more

Celebrate National Nutrition Month with free reading on top nutrition books on Questia

National Nutrition MonthWelcome to National Nutrition Month 2013! Never celebrated before? This year is the perfect time to begin, being the 40th anniversary celebration of National Nutrition Month. According to EatRight.org, “The National Nutrition Month 2013 theme, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day,” encourages personalized healthy eating styles* and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices. Registered dietitians play a critical role in helping people eat right, their way, every day.” Read more

Dump the bad science, and research reputable sources

English: Some of the basic elements of the sci...

English: Some of the basic elements of the scientific method, arranged in a cycle to emphasize that it is an iterative process.

There’s so much information out there, how do you know what to believe? On the Internet, anyone can say anything about any subject. So consulting reputable sources is the best course of action when you’re conducting research for a science project or paper. First, learn to spot the difference between real science and “bad” science before citing Internet sources. Then look to science books, recent science articles from major magazines or websites or a science journal from a government agency for your information.

The scientific method: observation and experimentation

There’s a saying that if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes truth. Propaganda experts exploit this failing in human nature to their advantage. Read more

Counseling psychology and development: Providing therapeutic treatments to treat a wide variety of symptoms

William James

Influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher, William James

In life, there are no guarantees. While you can control much of what goes on in your life, there are instances when issues can arise, overwhelming our abilities to manage and control our responses to them. Counseling psychology is one of the largest specialty practices within the field of psychology. Counseling psychologists take a more generalized approach when helping patients with any one of their psychosomatic problems.

William James was an influential 19th century psychologist and philosopher who wrote a pioneering paper called The Principles of Psychology, blending his own research and thoughts about psychology, philosophy and physiology. Read more

Honoring the 2012 London Olympics: Top five most studied Summer Olympic Games

London Olympic stadium interior

London Olympic stadium interior (Photo by jeffowenphotos)

This month, we’re honoring the 2012 London Olympics by sharing a few interesting facts on the top five most researched Summer Olympic Games in our library. Visit Questia’s topic page on the Olympics for even further research. The five most researched events range from an Olympic boycott, to Nazi involvement and even a kidnapping and murder scandal between nations.  Read more