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I’d like to teach the world to siiiing! :)

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Let’s admit it, we’ve all sang our hearts out at least once in our lives. Even though we do not want to admit it, every person has a part in him that wants to be(or in some cases feels like) a singer. Whenever the tune of our favorite song, old or new, comes to play in the radio waves, we just can’t help but sing along or at least hum along. Even the toughest of guys sang along to the tune of “Nobody”, even it was such a girly pop song. But the big question on my mind is.. WHY? Why do people sing? Why is it that even though we are out of tune or do not know the lyrics, we still continue on belting out on songs?

This is a bigger question for us Filipinos. We all know we looooove to use the Karaoke machine. Heck, we even own 4 of them for other people to rent(and for us to use when no one rents the rest HAHA). Most of the people who rent our videoke machines use them for parties. Christmas parties, birthday parties, anniversaries, etc.So this means that singing is a way for us filipinos to celebrate big events and milestones in our lives. But what is it really in singing that keeps us coming back for more, even though most of our neighbors already file noise reports because of us?

Well, those questions were answered by a study by Clift &

Hancox(2010) entitled “The significance of choral singing for sustaining psychological wellbeing”. In the study, they conducted large cross‐national survey of 1124 choral singers drawn from choirs in Australia, England and Germany who completed the questionnaire to measure physical, psychological, social and environmental wellbeing. Meanwhile, written accounts of the effects of choral singing on wellbeing and health were given in response to open questions.

The results were that 79% of the singers were contented with their health, and it is striking that a sense of ‘happiness’ produced by singing is a common reason why they report that they feel healthy. Also, the singers reported that singing is a way to relieve stress from the outside world. Nevertheless, it was found that there was variation in the extent to which singers endorse the idea that singing has benefits for their wellbeing, and an important finding is that women are more likely to report stronger benefits compared with men.

Okay, I agree with their results and I find it to be close to what I thought would come out of the study. However, I think what would be interesting to know if this is also applicable to the Filipino men, which we all know love to sing much more than other nationalities.

Theire study made me feel better about my shower singing, since I know that singing does not only strain my vocal chords but it also has positive effects on my emotional well-being. Apparantly, whenever I sing more, I get to release more emotions/stress building up inside of me. Whew! That’s a relief. Now I think I could belt out my favorite Adele song, “Someone Like You” with no hesitations and apprehensions whatsoever because I know that afterwards, I would feel better. Who knows? I might even record it on GarageBand and eventually become a recording artist!(NAT.)

P.S. You might also want to release some stress building up in you. If that’s the case, check out http://www.karaokeparty.com and let your inner Celine Di ‘Yon/Chos Groban shine! 😉

Clift, S. & Hancox, G. (2010). The significance of choral singing for sustaining psychological wellbeing: findings from a survey of choristers in England, Australia and Germany. Music Performance Research Copyright, 3(1), 79-96.

 

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I ain’t no Doctor Quack Quack!

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They say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Usually, I would agree that it’s best to follow this advice because going to the doctor is a scary thought. It usually starts with a series of tests. If you’re lucky(and healthy), you can get out of the sitch fast. But if you aren’t, you’d have to endure some scary talks with the doctor about your medical condition. Now THAT? It could be one of the most traumatizing talks of your life. But picture THIS: if your doctors look like as Dr. Mark Sloan(Mcsteamy) and Dr. Derek Shepherd(Mcdreamy) , would you even bother trying to keep them away?:”>

Meet McSteamy and McDreamy. They seriously can tie up my innards in all the wrong places and I won't care. Okay... maybe I will. But yeah :">

When I think of doctors, I usually associate the word with my favorite TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. In this TV Series, I get this vibe that doctors are the following: (1) cool, calm and collected under intense pressure, (2) addicted to coffee, (3) addicted to sex, and last but not the least, all of them are (4) physically attractive. Srsly. I think it’s not easy(and unfair!) to be hot and smart at the same time, but doctors in Grey’s Anatomy prove me wrong. Look at this picture, can you point out a cast member who’s physically appalling?

The answer is no. And that, in itself, created this thought in my mind that doctors need to look good. I mean, even if doctors are not blessed with the “hot” genes, they usually still present themselves well. Maganda manamit. Malinis. Mukhang may alam. Usually, people create ideologies of doctors in that specific manner. It all starts with the physical appearance of the person. So what happens when doctors fail to present themselves in a good manner? That was the question running in my mind when I came across this article by Rehman, S., Nietert, P., Cope, D., & Kilpatrick, A. in 2005 entitled “What to wear today? Effect of doctor’s attire on the trust and confidence of patients”.

The article answered my answer, and it gave me so much more than what I asked for. Basically, the objective of their study was to determine whether the way a doctor dresses is an important factor in the degree of trust and confidence among respondents. The method that the researchers used was through a survey form. It was intended for patients and visitors in the waiting room of an internal medicine outpatient clinic. Respondents completed a written survey after reviewing pictures of physicians in four different dress styles(business suit, professional attire with white coat, surgical scrubs, casual attire). Afterwards, the respondents were asked questions related to their preference for physician dress as well as their trust and willingness to discuss sensitive issues.

The results? Well they were what we would’ve expected, but no one was ever brave enough to blatantly say out loud. On all questions regarding physician dress style preferences, respondents significantly favored the professional attire with white coat (76.3%), followed by surgical scrubs (10.2%), business dress (8.8%), and casual dress (4.7%). Their trust and confidence was significantly associated with their preference for professional dress. In addition to that, respondents also reported that they were significantly more willing to share their social, sexual, and psychological problems with the physician who is professionally dressed.

This gives us the idea that the perception of “looking professional” can directly affect the doctor-patient relationship in many ways. This is particularly important especially if this preferred attire results in better adherence and thus positive health outcomes. It would be critical since the diagnosis is partly based on the medical history of the patient, which he/she will disclose to the doctor.

The study made me realize how much of a factor physical appearance, clothing, and general “look” can affect very important aspects of our lives-including our health. Imagine what would happen if you get to see a person who tells you he’s a doctor, while sporting an attire that’s similar to what this group of people are wearing:

Would you trust your deepest, darkest medical secrets if your doctor would dress up like that?

Thankfully, I don’t have to be mean and be judgmental based on the picture itself. The study actually provided me with an answer: OH HELLLLL NO. And even though we all try to treat everyone equally, we have to face the hard truth: How we present ourselves, in one way or another, will affect our interpersonal relationships, no matter what field that may be. Now that I know of this, I’m sure gonna try to take a look on my doctor the next time I visit her from head-to-toe. Who knows? If her look is Lookbook worthy, I might even share some secrets I’d never tell(You know you love me, xoxo gossip girl).;)

Rehman, S, Nietert, P, Cope, D & Kilpatrick, A. D. (2005). What to wear today? effect of doctor’s attire on the trust and confidence of patients. The American Journal of Medicine,118(11), 1279-1286. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2005.04.026

Of Cliches and Make Believes

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“The sound of your voice is music to my ears”. A cliche that we have heard so many times before from people who don’t mean it more than half of the time. It’s one of those “pick-up” lines that make us feel giddy and tingling up inside. But what’s so good about being “music to the ears?” Is music really THAT special?

To me, and to most of the people that I know, music is something that could set the tone of a certain social situation. Let’s put this into perspective: when you watch romantic films, and you get to that point where boy confesses love to girl, isn’t there always a melancholic, slow background music somewhere in the scene? Eh? Try to imagine that same exact scene with punk rock or heavy metal music in the background, do you think that may also end up well? I don’t think so.

That was something that I got curious about when I got across this article entitled “The Influence of Background Music on the Behavior of Restaurant Patrons” by  Ronald Milliman. The study basically determined the effect of two different types of music-fast or slow tempo on eating and drinking behavior of patrons and  length of time they stayed in the restaurant. Results showed that in the slow tempo music condition,patrons stayed longer, ate about the same amount of food, but consumed more alcoholic beverages. Evidently, the slower, perhaps more soothing background music created a more relaxing environment as compared to the fast-tempo music.

This was very interesting because it seemed like I am suffering from “inattentional deafness” because I never realized that this phenomenon was true up until now. Yes, it is a big plus that restaurants play music to make customers feel more at ease, but it is just now that I truly appreciated how it may make or break a dining experience. For example, I have been always curious at why “The Chocolate Kiss” and ROC bring in pianists and guitarists to play every dinner service when they could just stream music coming from the radio. It would be less expensive, and they wouldn’t have to fuss about the scheduling of the musicians. But now, come to think of it, whenever I dine in Chocolate Kiss and that sexy piano music comes to life, it seems like it heightens my senses, especially my sense of taste. Great music makes dining out not just a way to fill my stomach, but an experience-something that I would look back to in the future and say,”Heck, that was a pretty awesome meal”. 🙂

Milliman, R.E. (1986). The Influence of Background Music on the Behavior of Restaurant Patrons. Journal of Consumer Research, 13(2), 286-289.

Four for you, Glenn Coco! You go, Glenn Coco!

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Let’s face it, food is awesome. Personally, i think it’s like the best thing that we “need” to have all the time. Eating alone can be pleasing at times. But eating with the people you love? Priceless.

Try to close your eyes and think about the best moment in your life. Most probably, it involves you being surrounded by great people and good food. If not, i’m sure you would’ve celebrated that moment by having a sumptuous meal afterwards. It may even have become the “cheat” day for all of you guys who are on a diet. You might even had spent money you didn’t really have just to make sure you make this moment count. See what I’m getting to here? Food is that powerful. It makes relationships grow stronger and good moments become great ones. 🙂

However, there is another way to look at food. It can be an avenue for bullying and isolating social others. The best way to represent this is through the movie “Mean Girls”.

In this movie, it was obvious how discrimination occurred in the school setting, especially towards the unusual students. One of the people groups who got much negative attention were the overweight students. As a result, these students receive mean words from their peers such as being called “fat virgins”.

But how much does social influence really hold on our food consumption? Does our food intake increase when in presence of social others? Do we eat worse when people surround us in a banquet? Do we mimic others’ behavior when it comes to eating?

The answers to these questions were provided by this study of Mcferran, Dahl, Fitzsimons & Morales(2009) entitled: “I’ll Have What She’s Having: Effects of Social Influence and Body Type on the Food Choices of Others”

I think it is a known fact that whether your companions are overweight or skinny and how much they put on their plates can greatly influence how much you eat. However, what was interesting in this research is that it shows if we eat with skinny people, we tend to mimic their food portions, regardless of how much they take. However, if we eat with overweight companions, we generally try to adjust our portions to be different.

“Weight and portion sizes are linked together in people’s minds,” says Associate Professor Andrea Morales, one of the authors of this new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. “When our overweight companions take a large portion, we usually take less food to eat. However, it may surprise people to know that when overweight eating partners take small portion sizes, we still try to differentiate ourselves by taking larger portions.”

In one set, college students were invited to a lab supposedly to watch a movie. When they checked in, they were joined by a research assistant who was introduced as just another study participant. The assistant weighed 105 pounds and wore a size 0. However, during some of the sessions, she wore an obesity prosthesis that made her appear to weigh 180 pounds and wear a size 16.

Both the student and the accomplice were offered a snack to enjoy during the movie. When the assistant appeared to be thin, the study participants took a snack amount and variety similar to hers, but when the assistant wore the prosthesis, the students adjusted. If the “overweight” accomplice took 30 candies, then the study participants selected less. If the accomplice took just two candies, then the participants went for a larger portion. Also, if the “overweight” accomplice ate MnM’s, the study participants ate granola bars. Likewise, if the “overweight” accomplice ate granola bars, then the participants chose to eat the MnM’s.

It was a really fascinating article. What makes this more interesting is the interaction between the body type, portion sizes and food preference. It’s not just whether the other person is thin or overweight. In fact, if you frequently eat with skinny people who take large portions and eat unhealthy food, then that could prompt you to gain weight.

Moral of the story? Just don’t eat with ’em skinny kids. They gon’ bring you hell in the gym. Naaaah. Just kidding. Even though I know that this social influence could be very powerful, I always believe that the person chooses what he/she becomes. All the things you do are of your choice.(Your music.Myx. HAHA) If you have enough willpower, then who knows? Maybe you could still achieve a “zero to hero” act even if around the most gluttonous skinny people you will meet.(which is still the most unfair thing in this world, by the way.) :)))

Mcferran, B., Dahl, D., Fitzsimons, G., & Morales, A. (2009). I’ll have what she’s having: effects of social influence and body type on the food choices of others. Journal Of Consumer Research. 36(6),  1-15. DOI: 10.1086/644611