Loudest cheer of the night!

dmainThose gorgeous One Direction boys have managed to add another bit of silverware to their collection tonight after winning the Brit’s Global Success Award.

Coming on stage to receive their award, the boys got possibly the biggest cheer of the night. In fact, some reports have suggested that the noise made when the lads got up on stage could be heard from Surrey*.

*This is most probably true. But not proven. Yet.

1D domination…

The lovely Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson seemed overjoyed to be awarded the accolade after working so hard across the pond and in the UK.

However, when asked where they preferred playing – the lads admitted that their homeland wins without a shadow of a doubt.

“It always has been England – or Ireland – this award is crazy, it’s absolutely incredible, thank you so much!”

The Live While We’re Young singers went on to praise fellow Brits, Adele and Ed Sheeran, saying, “British music is the best it has ever been this year – we’re honoured to be part of that and be recognised for our music.”


The former X Factor contestants are set to kick off their world tour very soon and will be opening the show in London at The O2.

All those Christmas shoppers…and all that Christmas music. Can your brain handle it?

Endless loops of “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or any tinsel-y tune can have a psychological impact known as the ‘mere exposure effect,’ says Victoria Williamson, Ph.D, who conducts research on the psychology of music at Goldsmiths, University of London. There’s a U-shaped relationship between the amount of times we hear music that we like and our subsequent reaction to it, she says.
As Williamson puts it, at first we like music a bit, then we like it more and more until it hits a peak. And then we crash down — we have overheard it. That’s when boredom and annoyance at the repetition of the same sound hits home. “Anyone who has worked in a Christmas store over the holidays will know what I’m talking about,” Williamson says. When asked why holiday music seems to have a polarizing effect, driving some people crazy while others like, or at least, can tolerate it, Williamson suggests that music’s effect on us in any situation depends on our own psychological state.
People who are already stressed out about the holidays — worrying about money, traveling, or seeing relatives — may find the musical reminder of the cause of their stress very unwelcome, she says. But those who approach the holidays in a receptive, relaxed state are more likely to get a boost from the happy associations — childhood memories, family gatherings, or the holiday’s religious meaning — triggered by holiday music.
Of course, the reason Christmas music is played in every department store, supermarket from Thanksgiving through December. Music can put us in the mood to spend money, research suggests.

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‘Plugged-In’ Teens more likely to be struck by cars

iPods and other electronic devices don’t just risk hearing problems and eyestrain. As pedestrians, they may be more likely to be struck by cars, new research finds.

“Compared to adults, teenagers — in particular ages 13 to 17 — were more likely to be using an electronic device when they were injured,” said Dr. Nina Glass, a surgical resident at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Her research is to be presented Friday at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting in New Orleans.

The research was triggered, she said, by the number of children who came to NYU’s emergency room after pedestrian accidents.

Glass and her colleagues wanted to find out why, so they collected data on all pedestrians struck by motor vehicles who came to the hospital trauma center between 2008 and 2011. In all, they looked at nearly 1,100 patients. Of those, 13 percent were under age 18.

Use of electronics among the teenage pedestrian patients was twice that of adults, Glass found. It was cited by 18 percent of teens and 9 percent of adults.

Even so, the teens were more likely than the adults to have minor injuries and to be discharged without admission to the hospital, the researchers found. The majority of the teens’ injuries involved scrapes and road rash, Glass said, although there were some head injuries.

Besides electronic device use, other, more obvious factors played a role, Glass found. Children were often injured when they were unsupervised, when they crossed mid-block or when they darted into the street.

In some cases, multiple factors played a role.

Although alcohol use was a factor in 15 percent of adult pedestrian injuries, it was not common among teens. Just 4 percent of teen injuries involved alcohol.

The findings support an earlier study done by David Schwebel, a professor of psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His team set up a virtual pedestrian street to see how listening to music, talking on the phone or texting affected pedestrian safety.

He assigned 138 college students to cross the street while either undistracted or talking on the phone, texting or listening to a personal music device.

Those listening to music or texting were more likely to be hit by a vehicle. All of those in the distracted condition were more likely to look away from the street.

Schwebel’s study was published earlier this year in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Although his study looked at a virtual environment and the new study examines actual injuries, “their results support ours,” Schwebel said. “Clearly distraction is a significant factor in the large number of pedestrian injuries, and that is especially so among children and teenagers.”

As pedestrians, Schwebel said, “we use our ears quite extensively to cross streets safely.”

It’s crucial, he said, to both look and listen to stay safe as a pedestrian.

What to do?

“Parents can be a good role model by trying to be more cognizant when they cross the street,” Glass said. That means crossing with the light, crossing at intersections and looking both ways before stepping off the curb.

Parents also can talk to their children about appropriate use of electronics, Schwebel said.

“Mobile phones and music listening devices are wonderful inventions,” he said. “They are entertaining, improve communication and sometimes can help us stay safe. But children need to learn when it is appropriate to use their phones and when they should not. Sitting on a park bench is an appropriate place and time to use a phone; crossing a street is not.” Hidden hearing deals with all aspects of hearing loss and hearing care if you have any questions about hearing loss contact Hidden Hearing Online or call 1800 370 000.


Source By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter

What are the sounds we hate most?

A knife scraping against a glass bottle is the most unpleasant sound for most human beings, researchers from the Newcastle University and Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL, both in England, reported in the Journal of Neuroscience.

When activity between the auditory and emotional parts of the brain increases, it may cause a sensation of revulsion or disgust at a sound, as typically occurs to most of us when we hear somebody scrape chalk or their nails on a blackboard.

When we hear unpleasant sounds, the auditory cortex and the amygdala interact more intensely and process the negative emotions. The amygdala is a small almond shaped part of the brain that processes our emotions and aggression. It also controls fear responses and forms emotional memories.

The scientists used brain imaging to see what goes on in the brain when we are exposed to unpleasant sounds. The imaging showed that when we hear something we don’t like, the amygdala becomes much more active. They believe it processes the data from the auditory nerve in such a way as to provoke a negative reaction.

Study author, Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, said, “it appears there is something very primitive kicking in. It’s a possible distress signal from the amygdala to the auditory cortex.”

Study leader, Professor Tim Griffiths, of Newcastle University, and colleagues used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to find out how the brains of 13 participants responded to a variety of different sounds.

A knife scraping against a bottle versus the sound of bubbling water

The third most unpleasant sound was found to be chalk on a blackboard – no wonder school life was so excruciating!

The volunteers listened to the sounds while inside the scanner and rated them from most unpleasant to the most pleasing (least unpleasant). The sound of a knife scraping against a bottle was the most hated sound, while bubbling water was rated the most pleasing. The scientists studied the brain responses to each type of noise.

There appeared to be a correlation between the type of sound the participants heard and the levels of activity in the amygdala and the auditory cortex – the activity varied according to the ratings of the sounds. The higher the activity, the greater the revulsion.

The amygdala, which is the emotional part of the brain, appears to take charge and modulate the activity of the auditory part of the brain, making our perception of a very disagreeable noise feel even worse, compared to nice sounds, such as bubbling water or applause.

Unpleasant sounds are between 2,000 to 5,000 Hz frequency range

After analyzing all the sounds the participants liked and hated, and placing them in order of unpleasantness, the researchers found that disagreeable sounds tend to be between the frequency range of about 2,000 to 5,000 Hz.

Dr. Kumar said:

“This is the frequency range where our ears are most sensitive. Although there’s still much debate as to why our ears are most sensitive in this range, it does include sounds of screams which we find intrinsically unpleasant.”


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‘Gary, Are You Deaf?’ X Factor’s Louis Walsh And Gary Barlow Continue War Of Words

After a tough and speculation ridden week for X Factor judges Gary Barlow and Louis Walsh, the men decided to forgive and forget as they shook hands at the start of Saturday night’s show.

However, their decision to move on didn’t last long as the judges found themselves in a war of words again as they gave their critique on the remaining hopefuls.

Whilst Nicole Sherzinger kicked off the feedback for Chris Maloney’s performance, on a positive note, it was Louis who didn’t seem too impressed. Despite commending the finalist on his vocals for his rendition of ‘Hearts Alone’, he hit out at Gary for choosing a “lazy song” and the need to make him more current.

Responding to Louis’ comments, Gary told Christopher: “There’s no need to make you current. You’re perfect as you are.”

As the night went on and District 3 performed, it was Gary who criticised the lads on their performance. Unhappy with how the lads did. Gary told them: “I thought you’ve had a really bad night. I thought the harmonies were off. When you watch it back, you’re going to be disappointed.”

Despite the boys taking on board Gary’s comments without any issues, it was Louis who wasn’t best pleased, questioning the Take That frontman:

“Gary are you deaf? You must be deaf!”, before defending District 3’s performance telling them: “That was a faultless performance. Gary, I think you’re going deaf. I really do. This is a world class band.”

However, that wasn’t the end of their war of words as Gary warned MK1 not to let Louis have “too much input” into their song choice, whilst Louis told Kye that he still found “something missing” in his performance.

Believing Louis’ comments to Kye were invalid, Gary asked Louis: “What’s missing? You can’t just say there’s something missing. Explain it.”

Responding, Louis said: “I got bored. That’s what missing. It’s called the X Factor.”

Still unhappy with Louis’ feedback to Kye, Gary hit back:

“That’s a non comment. Anyone in the audience could have got up and said that.”

Oh dear!


“But I want a puppy NOW!” Suri Cruise demands for a pooch fall on mum Katie’s deaf ears

SURI Cruise’s best attempt at doing puppy dog eyes failed to convince mother Katie into buying her daughter a new pup.

The mother and daughter pair were out in New York yesterday when they called into a high end pet store looking into the possibility of getting a new puppy.

The sales assistant showed his celebrity customers a French bulldog and a Morkie, however Suri fell in love with the little white and black Yorkshire Terrier and Maltese mix pup.

Despite the six year olds best tactics into forcing her mother into an impulse buy, Katie wouldn’t be swayed and Suri left the store in tears.

The pair had been enjoying the day together up until they visited the pet store – they were seen visiting the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

It was recently claimed Katie has signed Suri up at the Catholic Convent Of The Sacred Heart in New York, as she doesn’t want her daughter involved in father Tom’s Scientology religion.

RadarOnline recently claimed Suri has been keeping in touch her father via Skype: “It’s all part of the divorce settlement that Tom be allowed to video chat with Suri. Likewise, when Suri is with Tom, Katie can video chat with her,” a source told the website.

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