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Post-Election: DOPAMINE REWARDS ANGER OR ALTRUISM!

In Altruism, Anger, Anxiety, Brain, Conflict, Dopamine, Happiness, Neuroscience, Oxytocin, Peace, Politics, Serotonin by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Feeling big concerns about the outcome of the Presidential election and its influence on the U.S. going forward? Then you’re experiencing the effects of dopamine on your mind and body. Dopamine is a natural narcotic-like neurochemical, instinctively supplied by our brain when we experience fear.
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Dopamine Smart – New Solutions for Overeating, Over Stressing & Generally Living Better!

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Diabetes, Dopamine, Health, Learning, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, Stress, Success, technology, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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Enjoy a conversation recorded October 2016 between Gregory Anne Cox and her guest, neuroscience researcher, D.C. McGuire discussing the dangers and promises of dopamine.  They talk about recent findings linking one brain chemical to  challenges of overeating, stress, parenting, learning, and societal issues, especially bad behavior and violence. 
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Dopamine and Understanding Your Child’s Brain – New Brain Science Makes It Easier!

In Academics, Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Dopamine, Focus, Health, Humor, Intelligence, Learning, Media, Media Violence, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Neuroplasticity and the Future, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Porn, Relationships, Science, Serotonin, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

This is the PowerPoint presentation given October 12, 2016,  by D.C. McGuire speaking  about the groundbreaking brain science of neuroplasticity and dopamine that will empower parents to create a better future for our children. You are invited to use any part of this presentation for teachers, parents, in any non-profit setting. 
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FRIED, FRAZZLED, & UNFOCUSED?

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Focus, Health, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Peace, Stress, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Keep this simple video handy! Listen to the first few minutes several times a day and you just might find yourself smarter, healthier, more more relaxed, and with a smile on your face!

Listen to the second part from time to time, and who knows what’s possible when your brain and body are working as the brilliant team they were meant to be Though this is designed to undo panic attacks, its emotional rewiring of our brain’s reactions to fears and threats, benefits all of us existing with the unavoidable anxiety that comes from inhabiting a “human suit”!
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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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Q. What Do Bill Nye and Donald Trump Have In Common?

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A. Both make us feel alive, excited and inspired by activating the same natural neurochemical, dopamine.

Q. What makes them as different at day and night?

A. Nope, it’s not their choices of ties. Think again.

Someone, like Bill Nye, who brings followers new, mind-expanding information, treats his audiences to a healthy dose of dopamine. 
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SANTA’S CURE FOR HOLIDAY DEPRESSION!

In Anxiety, Brain, Control, Depression, Dopamine, Exercise, Genetics, Holiday Depression, Influences, Relationships, Stress, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

 

Holidays got you down? Are you more into bah humbug, than the jolly ho, ho, ho? Here are some “Whys” about what’s going on, along with some “How’s” for putting more jolly into this season, and all of life!

It’s true that happiness can be influenced by your genes.
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TIRED OF BEING EXHAUSTED?

In Anxiety, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Dopamine, Influences, Media Violence, Meditation, Memory, Stress, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

If you’re constantly in the red-zone with stress, here’s what’s likely to be happening!

#1 The first filter in the brain is the thalamus, which makes an instantaneous call on whether something is a possible (imagined or real) threat demanding instinctual action to be orchestrated by the Reptilian and Animal Brain, or intellectual processing in the Human Brain.
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Brain Inflammation Affects Thinking and Emotions

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Scientists have known for a while now that inflammation contributes to conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. But lately they have been turning up evidence that inflammation can affect the brain more directly and acutely, and might underlie a wider range of problems, from impaired cognition during infections to depression and even schizophrenia.
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TEEN BRAINS, BRILLIANT & INSANE

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What IS going on in the teen brain?  What causes it to function unlike the brains of children or adults?  What can help teens use their brains to be safer, healthy, happier, and more successful adults?

This link offers the power point presentation, “Teen Brains, Brilliant and Insane”, given October 13, 2014

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“ANGER CAN BE POWER?” – THE BRAIN’S EXPLANATION OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

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NYT Opinionator, donna-christine mcguire comment

http://nyti.ms/15Ziodf

Convinced of a threat, real or imagined, the mammalian (animal) brain pumps out the neurochemical, dopamine, in proportion to the perceived danger. This is a primitive survival response designed to help us remember and avoid danger in future encounters.
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MEDITATION USES NEUROPLASTICITY TO RE-WIRE OUR BRAINS FOR LESS ANXIETY

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Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have succeeded in identifying the specific brain functions involved in meditation. Researchers were able to watch which areas of the brain are activated and which are quieted during meditation aimed at anxiety relief.

Subjects, with no prior meditation experience, participated in 20-minute classes to learn a technique known as mindfulness meditation.
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