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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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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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In Anxiety, Brain, Dopamine, Health, Intelligence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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D.C. McGUIRE speaking at UCSB Friday, May 13: “HUMANITY’S BIG SECOND CHANCE!”

In Academics, Attention, Brain, Dopamine, Focus, Learning, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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 🙂

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

In Attention, Brain, Brain Quiz, Dopamine, Focus, Health by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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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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