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The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation

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The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation by Angela Tinwell
2014 | ISBN: 146658694X | English | 236 pages | PDF | 11 MB

The Uncanny Valley in Games and Animation
Advances in technology have enabled animators and video game designers to design increasingly realistic, human-like characters in animation and games. Although it was intended that this increased realism would allow viewers to appreciate the emotional state of characters, research has shown that audiences often have a negative reaction as the human likeness of a character increases. This phenomenon, known as the Uncanny Valley, has become a benchmark for measuring if a character is believably realistic and authentically human like. This book is an essential guide on how to overcome the Uncanny Valley phenomenon when designing human-like characters in digital applications.

In this book, the author provides a synopsis of literature about the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and explains how it was introduced into contemporary thought. She then presents her theories on its possible psychological causes based on a series of empirical studies. The book focuses on how aspects of facial expression and speech can be manipulated to overcome the Uncanny Valley in character design.

presents a novel theory that goes beyond previous research in that the cause of the Uncanny Valley is based on a perceived lack of empathy in a character. This book makes an original, scholarly contribution to our current understanding of the Uncanny Valley phenomenon and fills a gap in the literature by assessing the biological and social roots of the Uncanny Valley and its implications for computer-graphics animation.
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What’s Good About Anger? Putting Your Anger to Work for Good, 2nd edition

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What's Good About Anger? Putting Your Anger to Work for Good, 2nd edition By Ted Griffin, Lynette J. Hoy
2006 | 160 Pages | ISBN: 097175991X | EPUB + MOBI | 1 MB

What’s Good About Anger? Putting Your Anger to Work for Good, 2nd edition
Most people believe that anger is a negative emotion from which no good can come. Many people think that anger should not be expressed and that such feelings are wrong. This book explores the emotion of anger and how anger-which is a part of the human experience-can be put to work for good. This third edition integrates emotional intelligence skills with the best anger management strategies and still includes spiritual insights.
Co-authors Lynette Hoy and Ted Griffin present a fresh approach to managing anger and the key role that emotional intelligence plays – putting anger to work for good! Learn about how anger can be turned into assertiveness, problem-solving, empathy, conflict management and forgiveness. Applying the cognitive, behavioral and stress management skills from the What's Good About Anger? book and workbooks can reduce your levels of anger, and help you learn effective coping behaviors to stop escalation and to resolve conflicts. Logging anger, triggering situations and applying new skills will help you more effectively control unhealthy anger responses.
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Valuing People with a Learning Disability

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Valuing People with a Learning Disability by Steve Mee
English | 2012 | ISBN: 1905539665 | 204 pages | PDF | 3,5 MB

Valuing People with a Learning Disability
Most health and social care service providers claim to value those with a learning disability. Yet there can sometimes be a huge gulf between stated intentions and what happens in everyday practice. In a few cases that have recently hit the headlines, there have even been allegations of systematic abuse. This timely book asks three vital questions: What do we mean by valuing? How does the process of valuing work? What needs to happen to ensure that we value people with a learning disability? Too often, practitioners tend to say it s all right in theory but not in the real world . In this book, Dr Steve Mee draws on his experience as a practitioner and lecturer on a learning disability nursing course, in which he has successfully used stories to bridge the gap between academic theory and everyday practice. Each chapter introduces the reader to a particular area of theory and illustrates it with uniquely powerful, memorable stories from practice as well as examples from recent news and historic accounts. Reading the book will give practitioners new insight, empathy and sensitivity that will make a lasting difference to their practice. It invites practitioners to truly reflect on whether they can claim to value the people they support.
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Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom

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Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom by Toby J. Karten
English | Jan 6, 2015 | ISBN: 1483319903 | 448 Pages | EPUB/MOBI/AZW/PDF (Converted) | 51 MB
The go-to book for including ALL learners in educational success! Teaching students with diverse needs require educators to employ empathy, responsiveness, and patience. This book has long been the indispensible resource for K-12 teachers as they confidently form lesson plans and strategies for inclusion.

Inclusion Strategies That Work!: Research-Based Methods for the Classroom
In this new edition, Toby J. Karten's data-driven methods are updated with the latest research and policy developments. The book's content includes:

Updated information on ADA, IDEA, writing IEPs, transitional services, classifications, RTI, metacognitive strategies, and links to the Common Core
Tips for working with families and making them an integral part of the inclusive team
An overview of special education legislative terminology
Interactive online forms for planning, documentation, and collaboration
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“50 Shades of Digital Marketing” ed. by Francesca James & Hannah Durham

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"50 Shades of Digital Marketing" by Francesca James, Hannah Durham
BoBoCoAe | 2013 | ISBN: 8740305600 9788740305609 | 114 pages | PDF | 6 MB
This book has been put together by the producers of the Digital Marketing Show. Aimed at ‘mainstream' marketers rather than digital businesses or agencies the event is content rich with presentations from experts and digital practitioners.

“50 Shades of Digital Marketing” ed. by Francesca James & Hannah Durham
Contents
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1 The Rise and Rise of the Influencer – What it means to today's marketers
2 The Changing Psychology of the Social Shopper
3 Leverage your Assets!
4 Learn from the Media's Example
5 The Value Theory of Content Marketing: It's Priceless!
6 Top three tips for winning at multi-channel
7 If You Don't Know Where you're Going – All Roads Lead There!
8 Optimising your Inventory for Online Ad Campaigns
9 What Does the Future hold for the Marketing Organisation?
10 Don't Mistake Reach for Influence
11 Developing a Mobile App vs. a Mobile Website
12 The Rise of Visual Social Media – Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr
13 The Role Video has to play in Driving Traffic and Increasing Profitability
14 The Integration of Search and Social
15 The Importance of Speed to eCommerce Companies
16 Ditching the SEO Silos: Integrate the 5 Pillars of SEO
17 The Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Bloggers
18 SEO Q&A on In-Depth Articles
19 How to take Relationship Marketing to the Next Level
20 Why Linkedln Is Your Best Lead Generation Friend
21 Are We Allowing Big Data to get too Big? Is it in fact just a euphemism for 'lost in data'?
22 It's Time to up Your Email Game
23 The Future of Online Content – Link Attributes and the Authored Web
24 Has Digital Changed PR
25 PPC Advertisers must capitalise from the Great Google v Amazon Product Listing Battle
26 The Power of Seduction
27 Treat your Website like a Shop or Dealership
28 Has Digital Killed Traditional?
29 Building an e-commerce Business from Zero
30 Hold the Champagne
31 Full Stack Marketing 101
32 Why are Ad Volumes increasingly being purchased in Real-Time on the Ad Exchanges?
33 Advertising Needs More People Who Understand the Data
34 How to Reach More Customers and Deliver on your Brand Promise
35 How important is "Time of Day sending'?
36 Why Expertise and Empathy are the Future of Digital Marketing
37 'Digital' Still Means So Many Different Things to Different People
38 Improving Conversions: Make it Easier to connect with your Customers
39 Why Marketers Need to Understand the Benefits of Mobile First
40 Are We Forgetting the Primary Function of a Mobile?
41 Time to get Emotional
42 Making the Most of Email Marketing Metrics
43 There's No Such Thing as Free Web Traffic
44 Digital Tactics: What Are You Going to Commit to?
45 Digital Marketing: The Science behind the Art?
46 Device Slice is King!
47 The Advent of Customer Engagement Marketing
48 How to Convince a Personal Brand to Use Your Company Brand
49 Why It's Not Enough to Be Liked on Social Media
50 Social Customer Service – Are You Ready To Connect?
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Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance

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Susan Leigh Foster, "Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance"
English | ISBN: 0415596556, 0415596564 | 2010 | 296 pages | EPUB | 5 MB

Choreographing Empathy: Kinesthesia in Performance
"This is an urgently needed book – as the question of choreographing behavior enters into realms outside of the aesthetic domains of theatrical dance, Susan Foster writes a thoroughly compelling argument." – André Lepecki, New York University

"May well prove to be one of Susan Foster's most important works." – Ramsay Burt, De Montford University, UK

What do we feel when we watch dancing? Do we "dance along" inwardly? Do we sense what the dancer's body is feeling? Do we imagine what it might feel like to perform those same moves? If we do, how do these responses influence how we experience dancing and how we derive significance from it?

Choreographing Empathy challenges the idea of a direct psychophysical connection between the body of a dancer and that of their observer. In this groundbreaking investigation, Susan Foster argues that the connection is in fact highly mediated and influenced by ever-changing sociocultural mores.

Foster examines the relationships between three central components in the experience of watching a dance – the choreography, the kinesthetic sensations it puts forward, and the empathetic connection that it proposes to viewers. Tracing the changing definitions of choreography, kinesthesia, and empathy from the 1700s to the present day, she shows how the observation, study, and discussion of dance have changed over time. Understanding this development is key to understanding corporeality and its involvement in the body politic.
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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture Series) by Angela Smith
2012 | ISBN: 0231157169, 0231157177 | English | 368 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema
Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of sexual repression or as metaphors for other kinds of marginalized identities, yet Angela M. Smith conducts a richer investigation into the period's social and cultural preoccupations. She finds instead a fascination with eugenics and physical and cognitive debility in the narrative and spectacle of classic 1930s horror, heightened by the viewer's desire for visions of vulnerability and transformation.

Reading such films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), and Mad Love (1935) against early-twentieth-century disability discourse and propaganda on racial and biological purity, Smith showcases classic horror's dependence on the narratives of eugenics and physiognomics. She also notes the genre's conflicted and often contradictory visualizations. Smith ultimately locates an indictment of biological determinism in filmmakers' visceral treatments, which take the impossibility of racial improvement and bodily perfection to sensationalistic heights. Playing up the artifice and conventions of disabled monsters, filmmakers exploited the fears and yearnings of their audience, accentuating both the perversity of the medical and scientific gaze and the debilitating experience of watching horror. Classic horror films therefore encourage empathy with the disabled monster, offering captive viewers an unsettling encounter with their own impairment. Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema

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Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Film and Culture Series) by Angela Smith
2012 | ISBN: 0231157169, 0231157177 | English | 368 pages | PDF | 6 MB

Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema
Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of sexual repression or as metaphors for other kinds of marginalized identities, yet Angela M. Smith conducts a richer investigation into the period's social and cultural preoccupations. She finds instead a fascination with eugenics and physical and cognitive debility in the narrative and spectacle of classic 1930s horror, heightened by the viewer's desire for visions of vulnerability and transformation.

Reading such films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), and Mad Love (1935) against early-twentieth-century disability discourse and propaganda on racial and biological purity, Smith showcases classic horror's dependence on the narratives of eugenics and physiognomics. She also notes the genre's conflicted and often contradictory visualizations. Smith ultimately locates an indictment of biological determinism in filmmakers' visceral treatments, which take the impossibility of racial improvement and bodily perfection to sensationalistic heights. Playing up the artifice and conventions of disabled monsters, filmmakers exploited the fears and yearnings of their audience, accentuating both the perversity of the medical and scientific gaze and the debilitating experience of watching horror. Classic horror films therefore encourage empathy with the disabled monster, offering captive viewers an unsettling encounter with their own impairment. Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.

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The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill

Karla McLaren, "The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life's Most Essential Skill"
ISBN: 1622030613 | 2013 | EPUB/MOBI | 392 pages | 466 KB/821 KB
What if there were a single skill that could directly and radically improve our relationships and our emotional lives? Empathy, teaches Karla McLaren, is that skill. With The Art of Empathy, this acclaimed author teaches us how to perceive and feel the experiences of others with clarity and authenticity-to connect with them more deeply and effectively. Informed by current insights from neuroscience, social psychology, and healing traditions, this book teaches readers:

.Why empathy is not a mystical phenomenon but a natural, innate ability that we can strengthen and develop
.How to identify and regulate our own emotions and boundaries
.How to shift into the perspective of others with authenticity and respect
.How to provide support in a sensitive, perceptive, and healthy way
.Insights for navigating our evolving social landscape
.Targeted chapters for improving our family, workplace, and intimate relationships
.Ways to expand our empathy to our community and global levels of society and the natural world

More than ever, reflects Karla McLaren, the time for empathy has come. The Art of Empathy brings readers welcome, practical guidance for mastering this essential life skill.

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