TECHNO-SERFS?

In Control, Media, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity and Politics, Success by DC McGuire1 Comment

In the middle of the night a loud unfamiliar woman’s voice in our bedroom jolted us out of a deep sleep. “Text message from 805 467-9803.” It was 4:30 in the morning. After twenty incredibly annoying minutes fumbling around with endless setting possibilities we discovered that a feature on Mike’s new smart phone had accidentally engaged in “drive mode”.
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MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN CONTROL NOT ENOUGH TO STOP VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

In Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media, Media Violence, Parenting, Uncategorized, Video Gaming, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

No amount of mental health care and gun control can stop violence in a population of children trained by hours of media to see violence as a way of life. First person shooter games are turning out young killers whose brains and motor skills are wired for stalking and killing.
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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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NEUROPLASTICITY by Bread and Circuses?

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In the middle of the night a loud unfamiliar woman’s voice in our bedroom jolted us out of a deep sleep. “Text message from 805 467-9803.” It was 4:30 in the morning. After twenty incredibly annoying minutes fumbling around with endless setting possibilities we discovered that a feature on Mike’s new smart phone had accidentally engaged in “drive mode”.
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MEDITATION USES NEUROPLASTICITY TO RE-WIRE OUR BRAINS FOR LESS ANXIETY

In Anxiety, Brain, Control, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Stress, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuire1 Comment

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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I’M OUTRAGED.

In Brain, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Influences, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity and Media, Neuroplasticity and Society, Parenting, Relationships, Success, Video Gaming, Wellbeing by DC McGuire2 Comments

I was just told a horrific story, which would be absolutely unbelievable except that I heard it first hand, from a well-educated woman, with a successful career, and a child she loves very much.

Her seventeen-year-old son is failing in school and at life because his time is spent  absorbed by video gaming. 
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VIOLENT VIDEO, A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE

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Allowing violent video games in a home could be considered a form of child abuse. It puts players at risk of poor health, poor intellectual development, poor social skills, and adult problems with spousal abuse and employment challenges.  What is known for certain is that players absorbed in first shooter games cannot avoid programming their minds to numb out to the excruciating horrors of violent activity.  
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From the Pilgrims to the Cage Fighters

In Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Epigenetics, Influences, Neuroplasticity and Society, Politics, Success by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

The vector of development our species has followed to this point is exhausted. Thinking and behavior that propelled humanity out of caves, into tribes with, livestock, crops, into villages with guilds and governments, and finally into nations, with opportunities to learn, grown and express our potential, has hit a wall.
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HOW STRESS MAKES US STUPID!

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“Some of us like to think that we think better under pressure. Maybe under the pressure of a deadline, but when it comes to severe stress and times of crisis, well, cognitive performance tends to crumble.”

We know that part of what causes us to go dumb,  is that stress floods our brains with  the opiate-like neurochemical, dopamine. 
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TEMPLATE FOR A MASS KILLER

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First published 7/12 in response to the theater shooting in Aurora, CO

Was there an accomplice in the Aurora, Colorado, super-hero-wanna- be killing spree? Absolutely. The neurochemical, dopamine. James Holmes’s brain was inundated by dopamine, and when he opened fire in the theater, every function of his mind was under its spell.
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