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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 Smart – New Solutions for Overeating, Over Stressing & Generally Living Better!

In Anxiety, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Conflict, Control, Depression, Diabetes, Dopamine, Health, Learning, Media Violence, Neuroplasticity, Neuroscience, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Social Issues, Stress, Success, technology, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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Enjoy a conversation recorded October 2016 between Gregory Anne Cox and her guest, neuroscience researcher, D.C. McGuire discussing the dangers and promises of dopamine.  They talk about recent findings linking one brain chemical to  challenges of overeating, stress, parenting, learning, and societal issues, especially bad behavior and violence. 
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KID’S BRAINS DROWNING IN A SEA OF DOPAMINE!

In Academics, Attention, Brain, Brain Development, Bullying, Dopamine, Focus, Health, Intelligence, Learning, Media Violence, Obesity, Parenting, Serotonin, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

Kid’s brains are drowning in a sea of dopamine.  This was the message of D. C. McGuire’s presentation to parents and teachers looking for new solutions to the  issues media, and addiction to media devices add to the challenges of successful teaching and parenting.
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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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Buddy the Cat Wonders . . .

In Brain, Buddy the Wonder the Cat, Intelligence, Media Violence, Neuroscience, Social Issues, Video Gaming, Violence, Wellbeing by DC McGuire1 Comment

This is my cat, Buddy, whom I love very much.

Buddy wonders about things like his next tummy rub and when there will be more food in his bowl. But he never wonders about things like collaborating with other animals to collectively solve problems and make the world a better place for all of them, or the long term effects of climate change.
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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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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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PROGRESS! FINALLY, VIDEO GAMING TO TEACH CHILDREN MENTAL FOCUS, SELF-REGULATION, EMPATHY, & COOPERATION

In Brain, Media, Media Violence, Parenting, Success, Video Gaming by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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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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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

In Control, Media Violence, Parenting, Violence by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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