MENTAL HEALTH AND GUN CONTROL NOT ENOUGH TO STOP VIOLENT BEHAVIOR

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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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COUPLES’ NEW BFF: NEUROPLASTICITY The sizzle doesn’t have to fizzle!

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Wow! It was hot and heavy for a while.  Everything about life was exciting.  Conversations were animated.  A shared trip to the grocery store was fun. You never knew what would happen next. 

If you’re the man in this story, the possibilities of being with a new woman were exhilarating.
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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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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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LOPSIDED BRAINS SPELL DISASTER IN WASHINGTON – AGAIN!

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Trying to make sense of Congress’s latest goat show? Wondering why drama, egos, narrow interests, and brinksmanship consistently trump the Nation’s best interests? Read on.  The following is a rerun of my article explaining the dysfunction in Congress at the first of the year. 
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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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HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH YET?

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First published following July, 2012 Aurora, CO shooting

How many more times will we hear about mass murders before we demand accountability – from the entertainment industry, providers of violent video games, and those who make and sell guns?

This is not a question of freedom of speech.
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CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL DIFFERENCES? ALL IN OUR HEADS! Part II

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Conservatives congregate in the Left Hemisphere of the brain.  It’s the lobe that finds comfort in authority, loyalty, predictability, black/white information, and confrontation.  When the Left Brain is running the show, its owner aspires to hold on to, or grow power.
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Brains Under Stress Unavailable for Learning

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 If you’ve paid any attention to Chicago’s Board of Education vs. Teacher’s Union strike, you’re likely to take away a sense that the key issues facing public schools center around evaluation methods, pay, tenure, class size, and classroom conditions.  Those problems are actually the really low hanging fruit.
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