Automation in Health Care, Procrastination, Zest for Life

The Matt Townsend Show
  • Apr 27, 2017
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Automation in Healthcare (13:33) Dr. Thomas Hooven is a Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. His current research focuses on infectious diseases that affect the fetus and newborn. Have you ever wondered why we can land a 400-ton airplane in fog but lifesaving equipment isn’t automated?  Machines that save lives still require a person to manually press buttons and turn knobs. Thomas Hooven shares his research on how automation in healthcare could save lives. Why It’s Easy to Procrastinate? (1:06:58) Seth J. Gillihan, Ph.D. is a clinical assistant professor of psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published research articles and book chapters on the effectiveness of cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and depression. Habits are notoriously hard to break and they can be tricky to overcome when procrastination is involved. There are good reasons to put something off, like giving us more time to make a decision, or the possibility that the problem will resolve itself. The problem is that when we justify it too much it can become crippling and affect our performance. So why do we procrastinate? Some common reasons can include the fear we won’t do a good job and the dread of the amount of time and work we have to put in. Seth Gillihan discusses why we procrastinate and the 7 strategies we can use to break the habit of procrastination. Rediscovering a Zest for Life (1:51:48) Sean Doyle has been a lawyer for over 20 years but also did his graduate training in applied positive psychology. He teaches positive psychology at North Carolina State University in addition to his law career. His goals in writings are to inject hope, affection and meaning into the world. Infusing the mundane routines of life with “microadventures” has proven to improve psychological health and can help us to rediscover happiness and fulfillment in our lives. Microadventures are exactly what they sound like, little adventures. They are brief breaks from everyday life usually involving something that scares us or challenges us in some way. People who have tried this report an increase in energy, positivity, passion, and a general sense of well-being. Sean Doyle shares his experiences and to teach us the skills we need Rediscovering a Zest for Life. Show More...