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

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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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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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NIGHT TEXTING CONNECTED TO POOR GRADES

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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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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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WHY DID I DO THAT?

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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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FREE DRUGS & LEGAL HIGHS!

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Quiz Which of the following light up our Animal Brains with a dopamine rush? ___ threat ___ novelty ___ worry/stress ___ sex ___ money ___ competition ___ ringtones ___ video games ___ gambling ___ amphetamines ___ cocaine ___ heroin ___ nicotine ___ sugar ___ fatty foods ___ organic fruits and veggies ___ risk ___ conflict ___ threats ___ aggression ___ violence ___ punishment ___ aggressive music ___ sports ___ laughter ___ achievement ___ collaboration ___ discovery

If you answered everything except the fruits and veggies (sorry!), you’re right!
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YOU COULD BE DOPAMINE-WHIPPED if:

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                                                                                                                                         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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INSIDE THE BRAIN OF A SHOOTER

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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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WHY WE’RE ADDICTED TO OVEREATING, WORRY, DEVICES, MUSIC, and SO MANY OTHER TEMPTATIONS! by D.C. McGuire

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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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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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GOOD NEWS FOR POOR, ABUSED, NEGLECTED, & TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN

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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
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8 WEEKS TO A BETTER BRAIN!

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A team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers has found that in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program (30 minutes per day) novice meditators make measurable, structural changes in their brains. Brain scans document that over time, meditation produces changes in gray matter, specifically a thickening in the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention, learning, memory processes, emotional regulation, self-awareness, and perspective taking.
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