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

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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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BRAINS LOVE SNUGGLES!

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Somethings just don’t require science to confirm! This doggie-toddler schnoodle is flooding both bodies and minds with the bliss of our healthy, naturally occurring brain chemical, oxytocin. When we create it, as we do with anything we really love, it’s easy to wonder why we would settle for the other option, anxiety-charged dopamine, often delivered to us compliments of smartphones and video games!
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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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Seeing and Experiencing Violence Makes Aggression ‘Normal’ for Children

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The  more children are exposed to violence, the more they internalize it as normal, according to an international team of researchers,  including Izaskun Orue of University of Deusto in Spain,  Brad Bushman of Ohio State University, as well as colleagues in The Netherlands and Germany.
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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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WHO IS TO BLAME IN AURORA – THE DRUG OR THE PUSHER?

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Reprinted following the Aurora, CO shooting 7/25

Already emotionally unstable, James Holmes may have been pushed over the edge by external influences. Whatever the official diagnosis, it would be insightful to discover which factors may have exacerbated the underlying pathology that led to the tragedy in Aurora.
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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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CONSERVATIVE-LIBERAL DIFFERENCES? ALL IN OUR HEADS!

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What is it that bonds Conservatives to Romney? More precisely, what is it that bonds them together so vehemently against  President Obama?

Conservative friends describe Obama’s policies and personal traits as terrifying.  Their e-mails are angry and rancorous, predicting inevitable financial and moral ruin of the country, the loss of our dominance world-wide, and an urgency about taking back the “real” America. 
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