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Healthy Highs!

In Brain, Dopamine, Health by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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Beyonce’s Lemonade on the Brain, and Why ‘Visual Albums’ Are the Future of Music

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Media, Neuroplasticity, Oxytocin, Serotonin by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Beyonce’s Lemonade represents a pioneering realization of the medium of the visual album. Though others, including Beyonce herself, have experimented with the concept before, Lemonade’s excellence and influence is sure to set the standard for our expectations around this new medium.
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Thanks Sarah Palin!

In Brain, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Humor, Politics, Science by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Humor doesn’t just tickle the funny bone. Our guffaws and yuks also ramp up the dopamine sources in our brains.  When Palin, a politician with a bachelor’s degree in communications, claims to be “as much of a scientist as Bill Nye”, with a degree in mechanical engineering,  who did innovative engineering for Boeing , is one of the developers of The Planetary Society’s remarkable solar sail technology, and has spent decades working in science advocacy and education, all we can do is enjoy a hardy laugh.
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Q. What Do Bill Nye and Donald Trump Have In Common?

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Bullying, Dopamine, Politics, Science, Social Issues by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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A CHEAP, HEALTHY, LEGAL HIGH!

In Brain, Dopamine, Exercise, Health, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Director, Nora Volkow, offers healthy suggestions to up our levels of the feel-good neurochemical, dopamine. “In animal studies conducted elsewhere, exercise has been found to increase dopamine release and to raise the number of dopamine receptors.”

Along with exercise, certain foods and supplements also raise the level of dopamine in the brain.
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Panama Papers Show Addictions of Rich and Powerful

In Brain, Bullying, Business, Dopamine, Politics by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Users of cocaine and amphetamines are familiar with drug-induced delusions of grandeur and invincibility.  Dopamine highs, legally made between our ears, can cause similar effects.

Watch base jumpers with dopamine stimulated delusions of invincibility, leap off cliffs and buildings to “fly” in nothing more than “bat suits”. 
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The Neurochemical That Could Explain Why Twitter Trashed Tay

In Brain, Bullying, Dopamine, Media, Science, Social Issues, technology by DC McGuire1 Comment

Last week, Microsoft introduced an artificially intelligent chatbot called Tay upon twitter. Designed to mimic the speech patterns of a teenage girl and learn based on the way human twitter users’ interacted with her, Tay was described by Microsoft as “an experiment in conversational understanding”.
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