In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

In Brain, Media, Parenting, Relationships by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

August 22, 2014 Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading human emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who continued to spend hours each day looking at their electronic devices.
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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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“ANGER CAN BE POWER?” – THE BRAIN’S EXPLANATION OF WHAT’S HAPPENING IN CONGRESS

In Anxiety, Conflict, Control, Dopamine, Media, Neuroplasticity and Politics, Politics by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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