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SHOOTINGS, HURRICANES, CRASHES USED BY MEDIA TO MANIPULATE VIEWERS

In Anger, Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Dopamine, Media, Media Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

 

Media sources love disasters, of all kinds – weather, transportation, and especially shootings.  Fear and anxiety produce the opioid drug made right between our ears, dopamine.  Heard the term, “news junkie”?  Biochemically similar to amphetamines and cocaine, we get high on media-generated excitement, and just like the street drugs, we continually need a new and bigger fix just to feel the same exhilaration.
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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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Dopamine and Understanding Your Child’s Brain – New Brain Science Makes It Easier!

In Academics, Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Dopamine, Focus, Health, Humor, Intelligence, Learning, Media, Media Violence, Meditation, Neuroplasticity, Neuroplasticity and Dopamine, Neuroplasticity and the Future, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Porn, Relationships, Science, Serotonin, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

This is the PowerPoint presentation given October 12, 2016,  by D.C. McGuire speaking  about the groundbreaking brain science of neuroplasticity and dopamine that will empower parents to create a better future for our children. You are invited to use any part of this presentation for teachers, parents, in any non-profit setting. 
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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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Trump, Trolls, and Dopamine

In Bullying, Dopamine, Media, Politics, technology by Devon McNaughtonLeave a Comment

Politicians use dopamine highs to drum up trance-like support by using angry, frightening, and aggressive rhetoric. This has been occurring since the beginning of politics. Still, Donald Trump stands out from the crowd, because “he has done this in a thoroughly modern way: He is a troll, someone who scores rhetorical points with outrageous or controversial comments, consequences be damned,” writes Oliver Lee for Vice.
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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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SOME CANDIDATES USE ADDICTIVE DRUG TO KEEP FOLLOWERS LOYAL!

In Brain, Bullying, Media, Politics by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Unfortunately for the U.S., the candidate most likely to occupy the White House could be the contender who’s best at stirring up voter’s fears and anger. Each time a hot-button issue like immigration, abortion, or jobs and wages are shouted out as threats to safety and wellbeing, followers receive an instant fix of an addictive drug.
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NIGHT TEXTING CONNECTED TO POOR GRADES

In Academics, Brain, Dopamine, Learning, Media, Memory, Success, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Can’t stop texting? Not surprising when you realized that each new message brings with it an addictive squirt of the addictive neurochemical, dopamine.  If you’re a teenager, it may be to blame for falling grades and a sleepy lack of attention and focus in school, according to a new Rutgers study.
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HOW CAN WE REDUCE GUN-RELATED TRAGEDIES?

In Brain, Bullying, Conflict, Dumb Things, Media, Politics, Social Issues, Terrorism, Violence by DC McGuire1 Comment

by Donna-Christine McGuire Violence occurs at a shocking rate in the United States. The San Bernardino tragedy was the second mass shooting in one day, and the 355th in 2015. In a given year, 32,000 U.S. children will die from gunfire-related deaths: more than will die from cancer, pneumonia, influenza, asthma, and HIV/AIDS combined.
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INSIDE THE BRAIN OF A SHOOTER

In Brain, Conflict, Control, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media, Media Violence, Parenting, Success, Violence by DC McGuire2 Comments

Whenever we act against our own best interests and hear ourselves wondering, “Why did I do that?” we were likely feeling the dumbing-down effects of dopamine overload. In the heat of highly-charged moments, blood and oxygen are selectively diverted away from the thinking Human Brain and directed to the instinctive Animal Brain.
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PROGRESS! FINALLY, VIDEO GAMING TO TEACH CHILDREN MENTAL FOCUS, SELF-REGULATION, EMPATHY, & COOPERATION

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Some video game manufacturers are now marketing terrific games that emphasize kindness and compassion instead of violence and aggression. This is an important contribution to the world of gaming software, as our neutral brains can learn either equally well!

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Games Learning Society Initiative, designed games to help eighth graders develop beneficial social and emotional skills—empathy, cooperation, mental focus, and self-regulation.
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CURE FOR DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC

In Brain, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Media, Relationships, Success, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuire1 Comment

Media news, 24/7 of the worst of the worst, Ebola, ISIS, the environment, politics, business, healthcare, jobs, inequality, violence and terrorism, has put global enthusiasm for life on hold. Humanity is suffering from an epidemic of depression.

Barraged by unrelenting cable television and on-line news sources, the public is vulnerable to sinking beneath the enormity of media-hyped crises, buying into an imagined belief in their own individual powerlessness.
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