Hospitals can be strange, foreboding places for young children. One idea to help reduce their anxiety is to invite clowns onto the ward to foster an atmosphere of light-heartedness and safety. This may seem like a harmless intervention - certainly preferable to anti-anxiety medication - but does it really work?Alberto Dionigi and his team studied 77 children (aged 2 to 12, including 41 boys) at an Italian hospital. The children were awaiting otolaryngological surgery. They were accompanied by
Dionigi A, Sangiorgi D & Flangini R (2014). Clown intervention to reduce preoperative anxiety in children and parents: A randomized controlled trial., Journal of health psychology, 19 (3) 369-80. PMID: 23362335
Brian Thomas writes in "Asteroid Medley Challenges Naturalistic Origins" that we cannot fully explain the distribution of asteroids in the solar system, therefore goddidit. That's really all there is to it.
In the fourteen years that I’ve been teaching high school biology, I’ve been asked a lot of weird questions about evolution. But, until recently, I’ve not been asked whether Charles Darwin could make you rich. Is evolution good for business? In a recent debate, Bill Nye, the popular science educator, argued it is. Actually, Nye […]
Daylight savings, and we’re back to sunrise at 8:27 am. We’re actually on double daylight savings based on longitude, as Alaska Standard Time is already an hour farther east than our true longitude, and 2 hours east for Nome, also in the same time zone. This far north, true time zones are close together. At […]