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Empathy vs. Dopamine

In Anger, Brain, Dopamine, Empathy, Influences, Learning, Media, Media Violence, Serotonin, Violence by dcmcguireLeave a Comment

In the the British journal, Chronicle of Higher Education, Kevin Dutton  wrote about a study conducted by Jeffrey Zacks and his team at the Dynamic Cognition Laboratory, at Washington University in St. Louis. With the aid of fMRI, Zacks and his co-authors peered deep inside the brains of volunteers as they read stories.
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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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FOCUS IS LIKE A MUSCLE – USE IT OR LOSE IT

In Control, Focus, Influences, Intelligence, Learning, Neuroplasticity, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Success, Uncategorized by DC McGuire1 Comment

Do you have trouble focusing on a single task for longer than five minutes? Feel deeply uncomfortable when you forget your phone at home and are unable to check texts, instagram, and facebook throughout the day? Find yourself chronically distracted? You’re not alone.
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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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WHY DID I DO THAT?

In Brain, Conflict, Diabetes, Dieting, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Health, Influences, Obesity, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Porn, Relationships, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, War, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

By Donna-Christine (D.C.) McGuire There is one Jekyll and Hyde brain chemical that if understood and used intentionally could dramatically improve life on this planet, for everyone. In the dark about dopamine? It’s an opioid cousin of cocaine and amphetamines, and with similar addictive rewards.
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ELECTRICAL SHOCK RATHER THAN TIME ALONE WITH THOUGHTS!

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Most people are just not comfortable in their own heads, In fact, most would rather be doing anything, even possibly hurting themselves, rather than doing nothing or sitting alone with their thoughts, even for a brief time! During several of Professor Tim Wilson’s experiments at the University of Virginia and Harvard, participants were asked to sit alone in a room at a laboratory with no cell phone, reading materials, or anything else, to distract them, and to spend up to 15 minutes – depending on the study – focused on their own thoughts.
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YOU COULD BE DOPAMINE-WHIPPED if:

In Brain, Conflict, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Influences, Overeating, Stress, Success, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

                                                                                                                                         QUIZ                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Will Work for Dopamine!     

___ You are uncomfortable or bored if you have to go for an hour without checking your phone, listening to music, or turning on the television, computer, or gaming device ___ You cannot remember the last time you got through any meeting or social interaction without looking at your Smartphone ___ You get annoyed when someone asks you to turn off your Smartphone or leave it at home when you go out to dinner,  take a long weekend, or are with your kids ___ You feel most alive when you are making risky trades or wagers, getting away with something, or looking at porn ___ You are edgy, prone to aggression, and deliberately create conflict to provoke excitement ___ You are overweight ___ You exercise compulsively ___ You love engaging in or watching extreme sports ___ You play video games until they compromise sleep, relationships, your job, or achievement at school ___ You have to overtake anyone in front of you whether it is on the road or at the office ___ You constantly feel on guard about the behavior of others ___ You are chronically stressed, frustrated, and anxious ___ You are a workaholic ___ You find it difficult to maintain romantic relationships ___ You prefer fast food to a sit-down meal ___ You are a news and information junkie ___ You spend beyond your means
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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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WHY WE’RE ADDICTED TO OVEREATING, WORRY, DEVICES, MUSIC, and SO MANY OTHER TEMPTATIONS! by D.C. McGuire

In Brain, Conflict, Dieting, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Influences, Obesity, Overeating, Porn, Relationships, Stress, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

We love music for much the same reason we can be drawn to sex, drugs, worrying, gambling, video gaming, and fatty, sugary food. All, to differing degrees, cause our brains to release dopamine, a naturally occurring neurochemical, capable of addicting us to its pleasures.
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WHY ARE WE LOWERING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG AND RAISING MARRIAGE EQUALITY – NOW?

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by D.C. McGuire

Given our long track record for conveniently looking the other way and letting sticky issues slide as long as possible, this has been a surprising and hopeful time for many Americans. As humans, our tipping point for new thinking and behavior usually occurs with a kick in the pants in the form of some unbearable stressor or tragedy that makes continued inaction impossible.
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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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