She became involved after attending a knitting group at the Perry Sippo branch of the Stark County Library. There she heard about Anne McFeely pitching the idea of knitting the prosthetics to the Close Knit knitting group at the Jackson library months before. “Now Anne calls me and tells me what size and I just knit them,” Altman said. “You could say that Thank You I keep her in stock.” It takes Altman, an accomplished knitter, about six hours to complete a set of prosthetics cheers or about half the time to do just one. “If someone wants one (McFeely) tries to send a second one so they can wash one and still have one to use,” said Altman, who averages about one “knocker” per day. She knits between 24 and 30 knockers each month on top of knitting for her most valuable six grandchildren and a great grandchild who is on the way. “I’ve been at it for over a year for her already,” Altman said. “I also belong to a knitting group and we knit for a homeless shelter things like hats, scarves, slippers, wash cloths.” Altman even sells some of her knitted items at craft shows. “But my passion is for breast cancer patients,” she said.
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These findings make clear that our cognition is highly influenced by preceding experiences and, specifically, that emotional brain states can persist for long periods of time. While it has been known for some time that emotional experiences are better remembered than non-emotional ones, the new study demonstrates that non-emotional experiences that followed emotional ones were also better remembered on a later memory test. For the study, subjects viewed a series of images that contained emotional content and elicited arousal. Approximately 10 to 30 minutes later, one group then also viewed a series of non-emotional, ordinary images. Another group of subjects viewed the non-emotional scenes first, followed by the emotional ones. Both physiological arousal, measured in skin conductance, and brain activity, using fMRI , were monitored in both groups of subjects. Six hours later, the subjects were administered a memory test of the images previously viewed. The results showed that the subjects who were exposed to the emotion-evoking stimuli first had better long-term recall of the neutral images subsequently presented, compared to the group who were exposed to the neutral images first, before the emotional images. The fMRI results pointed to an explanation for this outcome, according to the researchers. Specifically, the data showed that the brain states associated with emotional experiences carried over for 20 to 30 minutes and influenced the way the subjects processed and remembered future experiences that are not emotional.
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