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The Martian: Is it Really Possible Today?
By Emmery Willey/ Science and Techie Editor
Last Saturday, I spent my night with a tub of popcorn, a screen in front on my face, and my heart pumping while watching The Martian. While I was watching, I wondered how much of what was happening could actually happen in real life. With that thought, I searched the accuracy of the movie in terms of science, and this is what I came up with.
In the past decade, scientists have been studying very closely the planet Mars.
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun, after Earth. It is covered with red sand, which seems very hot, but at night, its temperatures can drop dramatically.
There have been multiple movies and book written about the red planet, but The Martian, released in 2015, captured the intensity of Mars. Cortland Willey, a junior at CCHS said, “The whole thing is accurate. I mean, the things they talk about can actually happen.” So, we will see if that is true!
*IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED THIS, IT MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!*
The Terror Behind Social Interactions
By Tayln Torres/ Entertainment Editor
If having to make a simple phone call is enough to make your heart race and your stomach churn, then it’s possible that you have social anxiety. Social anxiety is defined by PsychologyToday.com as “an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. People with social anxiety disorder have a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions.”
It can be difficult to manage it, because it cannot be completely gotten rid of and it typically interferes with one’s everyday life. Those who have it may worry about social interactions for weeks before they are set to take place, and may also fret over the way those interactions played out for weeks after they occur.
Social anxiety usually presents itself during one’s teenage years. Along with this, high school can be a difficult time for those with social anxiety, because it is a very social setting where the fear of being judged and not fitting-in is already extremely prevalent. Answering and asking questions can be a cause of stress, as can giving presentations and working on group projects.
According to ADAA.org, “many people with social anxiety disorder also experience strong physical symptoms, such as a rapid heart rate, nausea, and sweating, and may experience full-blown attacks when confronting a feared situation.” It may be difficult for those without social anxiety to understand why day to day interactions can elicit such reactions in the those who have it. Even those with social phobia are aware that their fears are irrational, but that does not stop their anxiety from creeping up on them when they are faced with such interactions.
SocialPhobia.org reports that, “the latest government epidemiological data show social anxiety affects about 7% of the population at any given time.” This means that the problem is rather widespread and that those who live with it are not alone. While there is no cure-all for social anxiety, there are many different strategies that one can use to manage it, such as therapy, support groups, and medication, to name a few. Most people dealing with it never seek out treatment, however, which is a problem that needs to change, because no one should have to live in fear of social settings.
Are Women More Empathetic than Men?
By Emmery Wiley/ Science and Techie Editor
When you fall on the road and scrape your knee, who do you run to? Your mom or your dad? Most might say that they run to their mom, knowing that she will give them a Band-Aid with Neosporin. But why? Is it chemical makeup, genetics, or just instincts?
Multiple different studies exist about the difference of empathy between men and women. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. According to Liraz Margalit, an author for Psychology Today, “Girls watch faces. Boys watch objects." A study that she observed was about infants. Baby girls watch faces and voices and the boys focus more on object, such as toys, cribs, etc. As they grew older, researchers found similar behavior with the children.
Another experiment was carried to explain this phenomenon more (livescience.com). Many subjects were asked to take a DNA test and send it back in. They then compared the 2 types of female versus male DNA. They found that there was not a big genetic difference in DNA concerning empathetic genes. The subjects were also asked to take the “Emotional Quotient” test. They discovered that women scored an average of 10 points higher than men. But as stated earlier, there wasn’t a genetic difference to explain this. Therefore, genetics and DNA aren’t really the cause of the difference in empathy between males and females.
There are other factors that could play into this. One hormone, oxytocin, is found in a higher amount in women, which causes empathy. Testosterone is found in higher concentrations in men, which could cause the opposite of empathy. “Some research suggests women’s brains are more likely to signal empathy than men’s brains.” (greatergood.berkeley.edu) However, there is not information to make a conclusion. This is a field that many people don’t know much about.
Researchers continue to be highly interested in this field of psychology. Women might be more empathetic than men because of hormones and or other feelings. From your own life experiences, what do you think?
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Signs of Social Anxiety
(According to the National Institute of Mental Health)
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