Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

first_imgNot just making you calm and creating a feeling of kindness, a mere seven-minute of meditation daily can help reduce racial bias too, a new study shows.The researchers found that just seven minutes of a meditation technique called Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. The Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony,” said lead researcher Alexander Stell, doctoral student in psychology from University of Sussex.LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as may you be happy and healthy while visualising a particular person.Some previous studies have shown that inducing happiness in people, for example by exposing them to upbeat music, can actually make them more likely to have prejudiced thoughts compared to those hearing sad music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the new study, 71 white, non-meditating adults were each given a photo of a gender-matched black person and either received taped LKM instructions or instructions to look at the photos and notice certain features of the face. Both conditions lasted just seven minutes.The researchers then scored the reaction times of the participants who were asked to match up positive and negative words (for example happiness or wrong) with faces that belonged to either their own or another ethnic group.The team found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. Additionally, the researchers measured levels of positive emotions and found that people doing LKM showed a significant enhancement in generating positive emotions. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.last_img read more

Three Nigerians held for duping people through matrimonial sites

Three Nigerians held for duping people through matrimonial sites

first_imgKolkata: Officers of Kolkata Police arrested three Nigerians including a woman on Friday from Delhi, on charges of duping people after befriending them through a matrimonial site.The police also arrested a woman, who is a resident of Assam, along with the three Nigerians.A few days ago, a complaint was lodged with Anandapur police station, alleging that a woman was duped to the tune of Rs 18 lakh. Police initiated a probe and came to know about the Nigerians involved in the case, who were operating from Delhi. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA police officer said that the arrested persons used to create profiles on matrimonial sites with different names. They used to claim themselves to be settled in various countries to impress potential victims. They also used to upload photographs of other people in their profiles.They used to introduce themselves according to the details provided in their profiles to the people who used to call them up after getting their mobile numbers from the matrimonial sites. The accused soon befriended them while talking over phone. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStating that the arrested persons had opted for an old modus operandi to cheat people, a police officer said that they used to send some gift boxes to the person they had befriended.After a few days, they used to say to the person that the delivery of the gift parcel was getting delayed due to a payment needed for the same. They used to then request the person to make the payment.They used to provide details of bank accounts in which the victims were asked to deposit the money. The same thing had happened with the woman who had lodged the complaint with Anandapur police station. She had deposited Rs 18 lakh in phases in the bank accounts of the accused.She had lodged the complaint with the police after suspecting that she was getting cheated, as she had not received any gift pack and the demand for money was also going up almost everyday.The police initiated a probe and came to know that the person with whom the complainant used to talk over phone, was in Delhi. Following this, the police went to Delhi and arrested almost all the members of the gang.Police are bringing them to the city in transit remand. They will be questioning the gang members to assess how many people them have cheated and the total amount of money they have taken from them so far.last_img read more

Gold diamonds worth Rs 6 crore seized

Gold diamonds worth Rs 6 crore seized

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a major breakthrough, police seized a huge quantity of gold and diamond worth Rs 6 crore looted from a jewellery shop in Gurgaon recently, South Dinajpur police chief Nagendra Nath Tripathi said at a press conference on Sunday night.Police also arrested three persons identified as Safiqul Islam (27), Jafor Hussein (28) and Sultan Mian (25) from Malda rail station area and Hili for their alleged involvement in committing the operation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey hail from Hili and Banshihari’s Aligara and Haldi. A case of burglary from a jewellery shop in Haryana’s Gurgaon was reported on December 9. While investigating the case and through sketches of prime accused as detected from the CCTV footages, police on December 12 became sure that three employees of the shop from Bengal’s South Dinajpur were behind the crime. Apart from the CCTV footages, mobile tracking system also helped police to solve the case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaryana police on Saturday arrested two persons on Saturday night from Malda while the other from Hili. Interrogating the trio, police later seized gold around 16 kg and some diamonds worth approximately Rs 6 crore from Banshihari’s Haripur. Police said Safiqul concealed the valuables at his father-in-laws’ house in Haripur. Investigation revealed that Sultan Mian had been working as a security guard at the shop. They left the place thinking police would never be able to trace them. While producing them before Gangarampur sub-divisional court on Sunday, the judge directed to hand them over to Haryana police on transit-remand.last_img read more

Facebook releases a draft charter introducing a new content review board that

Facebook releases a draft charter introducing a new content review board that

first_imgYesterday, Facebook released a draft charter that mentions the newly formed external board that will be a body of independent experts who will review Facebook’s most challenging content decisions – focusing on important and disputed cases. It will share its decisions transparently and give reasons for them. This charter comes after Mark Zuckerberg wrote about his vision for how content should be governed and enforced on Facebook. The board will also be able to decide on what content goes online or what posts should be removed. Facebook would later accept and implement the board’s decisions. This group will comprise of experts with experience in content, privacy, free expression, human rights, journalism, civil rights, safety, and other relevant disciplines. The list of members will always be public. The draft charter raises certain questions and considerations and also puts forth certain approaches giving a base model for the board’s structure, scope, and authority. “It is a starting point for discussion on how the board should be designed and formed. What the draft does not do is answer every proposed question completely or finally”, the draft states. Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications, in his post mentions, “We’ve also identified key decisions that still need to be made, like the number of members, length of terms and how cases are selected.” Facebook looks forward to attaining answers to these questions over the next six months in various workshops around the world including Singapore, Delhi, Nairobi, Berlin, New York, Mexico City, and many more cities. The workshops will bring together experts and organizations on different issues such as technology, democracy, human rights, and so on. Nick writes, “we don’t want to limit input or feedback to a hand-picked group of experts that we work with frequently. We’re interested in hearing from a wide range of organizations, think tanks, researchers and groups who might have proposals for how we should answer these critical questions.” Kate Klonick, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University School of Law, said, “This would be a rare and fascinating, if narrow, devolution of authority.” Visit the draft charter, to know more about this news. Read Next Facebook plans to integrate Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger amidst public pressure to regulation or break up Facebook Biometric Information Privacy Act: It is now illegal for Amazon, Facebook or Apple to collect your biometric data without consent in Illinois Advocacy groups push FTC to fine Facebook and break it up for repeatedly violating the consent order and unfair business practiceslast_img read more