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5 Ways to Build Emotional Intelligence

The Mission Newsletter, 6/20/18

“Our feelings are not there to be cast out or conquered. They’re there to be engaged and expressed with imagination and intelligence.” — T.K. Coleman

Being Your Best Emotional Self

Episode 38 of The Mission Daily

There are five key ways to build emotional intelligence. In today’s episode, Chad and Ian take you through each one so you can become a Chief Emotional Officer and achieve success by mastering your feelings.

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University of Missouri researchers have discovered that rodents whose grandparents were exposed to BPA (bisphenol A, an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s) had different vocalization patterns than those whose grandparents were not exposed.

This development could have parallels to humans. Scientists have linked BPA exposure to numerous medical conditions, and if vocal patterns are affected, those patterns can be used in diagnostic efforts moving forward.

“There are potential concerns that developmental exposure to BPA might increase an infant’s risk for autism spectrum disorder. Crying is the infant’s earliest communication form and changes in crying vocalization patterns might provide the earliest diagnostic tool for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Thus, it is important to determine whether multigenerational exposure to BPA can alter pup vocalization patterns.”

All the information about the research can be found here.


Venture capitalist Tim Draper has had his proposal approved that calls for splitting California into three states. The proposal will appear on California ballots in the general election in November.

By splitting California into three separate states, proponents argue that the smaller areas would be better able to serve their citizens on issues like education and infrastructure. The proposal would divide California into populations of between 12.3 and 13.9 million people.

Even if the proposal is approved by voters in the state, the likelihood of the split is still small. Congress would have to approve the measure.

More on the proposal and what it all means here.


Researchers studying poker players in an attempt to understand strategic decision-making have reached some interesting conclusions.

“They found that expert players use uncertainty to conceal their intentions — a complicated type of information processing. To win at poker, a player must exploit signals or clues from competitors but not become predictable to competitors.”

Basically, those who can use private information to manipulate opponents and then read the behavior of those opponents in order to conceal their own strategy regarding public information are more likely to succeed.

Get all the details on the study here.

Tech Trends

Can you out debate this robot? 🤖

IBM has created a technology called Project Debater, which is specifically programmed to become an expert in a particular subject, present a position about that subject, and then defend it against two humans practiced in debate.

In a test of the tech, Debater won one of the debates but lost another. To prepare, programmers fed Debater with best practices and strategies for debates, but it was not given the details of the specific debate it would engage in until the debate happened. Once that information was input immediately prior to squaring off against the humans, Debater could access 300 million news articles and scholarly papers to develop an argument, which it then had to articulate.

Debater speaks in a computerized female voice and is equipped with jokes to provide comic relief. It is even able to anticipate arguments from the other side and preemptively defend them.

Learn more about Debater here.

Marketing Trends

According to new research out of Oxford University’s Reuters Institute, fewer people are turning to Facebook for their news.

In just the past year, the site has experienced a 9% drop in the amount of Americans who go there for news. Globally, Facebook has seen a 6% drop as a news source since 2016. Instead, people are reporting that they turning toward Whatsapp, SnapChat, and Instagram, each of which has seen an uptick in folks viewing news-related content.

The reason for the shift? Likely privacy issues.

“The Reuters Institute said that consumers were finding the private nature of messaging services like Whatsapp more appealing, and were more willing to share and engage in news content. It found that people felt uncomfortable about their growing networks of friends on Facebook and, as a consequence, were less disposed to use the platform for news.”

More on the study here.

Education Trends

Virtual reality could change the face of education.

A new study suggests that using VR helps with learning and memory more than using a tablet or computer. In a test that compared those using VR to complete a memory task to those who used a computer interface, the VR group fared better.

“By showing that virtual reality can help improve recall, it opens the door to further studies that look at the impact of VR-based training modules at all levels — from elementary school children learning astronomy to trauma residents acquiring the latest knowledge in lifesaving procedures,” said Amitabh Varshney. “We believe the future of education and innovation will benefit greatly from the use of these new visual technologies.”

For more on how the study worked, check here. ​

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