The Watershed Action Alliance is looking for some talented volunteers to help with important work in protecting the water resources of southeastern Massachusetts. If you have skills in the following areas and would like to do some meaningful fun work, this could be a great fit for you!
media outreach to local and regional newspapers.
1) Excellent phone/communications skills and strong administration skills.
2) Research and writing about local watershed issues. We will be creating a series of ‘did you know’ brief writeups for the papers and for our blog and Facebook pages that describe watershed related information about southeastern Massachusetts. We will also be writing a series of issue-based fact sheets.
3) Support in setting up presentations about watershed issues to venues such as churches, garden clubs, cable tv stations.
4) Help in organizing volunteer days for the local watershed organizations, for which we can post event happenings to your site and many others.
If interested, contact:
Watershed Action Alliance Outreach Coordinator
In Part I, we are introduced to Lucy, dog around town in the Pilgrims’ landing place of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
In Part II, we accompany Lucy to Morton Park where she runs around, sniffs things and interacts with other dogs.
In Part III, we travel with Lucy to Plymouth Rock, buy a souvenir at the gift shop and browse in the antique store.
The upright ape uses a wide variety of facial expressions to communicate emotion.
Emotional contagion is the transference of an emotion from one animal to another or from group to group. The emotion may be expressed through facial expressions, body language, vocalizations, behavior and words. Because of primates’ ability to empathize and propensity for social behavior, humans are primed to “catch” others’ emotions. In a survival situation, this can be useful to ensure that all members of a group act in concert, and research suggests that emotional contagion is heightened when subjects feel threatened. For instance, if the approach of a large predator causes fear to spread, elevating the sympathetic nervous system in preparation for fight or flight, and that fear turns to rage, the group will be better prepared to act together to battle the foe and more likely to succeed. Here is an unusual example of this.
Perhaps not surprisingly, researchers have found that emotional contagion can spread even when there is no physical proximity of individuals, through telephone conversations and even email. Emoticons are not necessary (although they are fun! ;-)
It’s not always in one’s best interest to pick up on others’ emotions, especially when they are negative. Gretchen explains how to avoid this in this short video.
If you think animals have fewer facial expressions than humans, think again…