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American Children Experiencing Shocking Increase in Learning & Behavioral Problems!

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1 in 6 children in the United States, 17% more than just 10 years ago, have a developmental disability, including learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, and other serious developmental delays, many of which might have been  avoided.

According to The Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S.
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Smiles Have Long Term Effects on our Health and Wellbeing

In Brain, Depression, Dopamine, Humor, Serotonin by DC McGuire1 Comment

Smiles Instead of Anti-Depressants?

Think of smiling as a natural anti-depressant. When we smile, fake or real, the contractions of the facial muscles slightly distort the shape of the thin facial bones.  This slight distortion in their shape leads increases blood flow into the frontal lobes of the brain, simultaneously increasing a release of dopamine and serotonin.
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HUMAN BRAINS SOON TO BE REPLACED BY COMPUTERS?

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Not likely!  Storing a single human brain’s connectome (the complete map of all neurons and the interconnections between them) would take half the planet’s digital storage capacity: 1.3 billion terabytes. In other words, to store just a static map of the physical brain structure of two individuals would require 100% of global storage capacity.
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TRUMP VOTERS FOR BERNIE – SANDERS VOTERS FOR DONALD? WHAT??? Part I

In Anxiety, Bullying, Conflict, Dopamine, Influences, Politics, Social Issues by DC McGuire9 Comments

How is it possible that some voters currently pledging their loyalties to Sanders or Trump claim that they would vote for the other’s candidate before casting their ballot for Clinton?  What do supporters of a candidate that stands for:

eliminating student debt, creating income equality, liberal immigration policies, and environmental protection,

have in common with a candidate who apparently has no interest in any of those issues, but emphasizes:

keeping immigrants out, bringing back off-shore factory jobs, no special concern for gender, civil, or racial equality, and eliminating the EPA?
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QUICK TIP FOR TAKING YOUR DOPAMINE OUT OF THE RED ZONE AND PUTTING YOU BACK INTO CONTROL

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Like being in charge of your brain and life? Slow, deep breaths decrease the carbon dioxide levels in the brain and body, which in turn sends signals to the brain that it can begin to relax. Relax, and once again you’re supplying blood flow and oxygen to regions of the brain that make you smart, get your behavior under control, and, encourages empathy.
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Buddy the Cat Wonders . . .

In Brain, Buddy the Wonder the Cat, Intelligence, Media Violence, Neuroscience, Social Issues, Video Gaming, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

This is my cat, Buddy, whom I love very much.

Buddy wonders about things like his next tummy rub and when there will be more food in his bowl. But he never wonders about things like collaborating with other animals to collectively solve problems and make the world a better place for all of them, or the long term effects of climate change.
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D.C. McGUIRE speaking at UCSB Friday, May 13: “HUMANITY’S BIG SECOND CHANCE!”

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Additional information –

I speak around the country and internationally, but seldom present in SB. If you’re interested in attending tomorrow, lucky Friday, May 13th, here are some driving instructions, and a campus map. Still, leaving plenty of time, and bread crumbs are always recommended 🙂

http://www.aw.id.ucsb.edu/maps/images/UCSB_largemap.jpg

Parking is closest at lot 22 or parking structure 27.
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QUIZ – Dopamine and Mental Illness

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What percentage of Americans are currently suffering with a dopamine-related diagnosis?

Bi-Polar Disorder ___ .75%, ___1%, ___3%

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ___ .05%,___ 1%,___ 4%

ADHD ___ 4%,___ 6%,___ 10%

Schizophrenia ___ .25%, ___ 1% ___ 2.5%

                                                                                                                                                                 Answers: 3%, 1%, 10%, 1% (National Institutes of Health)

To fully appreciate the impact of these numbers, multiply by three hundred million – the population of the United States.
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Healthy Highs!

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Drugs, alcohol, fatty and sugary foods, gambling, porn, dangerous behavior, and violent media can be counted on to produce big fixes of dopamine with high price tags including substance abuse, addiction, obesity, serious relationship, career and financial losses, physical damage, stress related diseases, and compromised brain function.
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