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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!

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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!

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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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IS DONALD TRUMP A DRUG ADDICT?

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Without tracks on their arms or powder around their nostrils Trump and his followers are all addicted to the same drug.  They’re high, or as they say in sports, “juiced”. The drug of choice? Dopamine; the brain chemical that gives us safety and pleasure in reasonable doses or irrationality and recklessness in large ones.
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Buddy the Cat Wonders . . .

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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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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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WHY DID I DO THAT?

In Brain, Conflict, Diabetes, Dieting, Dopamine, Dumb Things, Health, Influences, Obesity, Overeating, Parenting, Politics, Porn, Relationships, Social Issues, Stress, Success, Terrorism, Video Gaming, Violence, War, Wellbeing by DC McGuireLeave a Comment

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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A SCIENTIFIC ALTERNATIVE TO WAR by d.c. mcguire

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Chilling, historically true, and way too familiar, Goering’s strategy has been imposed on the masses forever. Finally humanity has an epic alternative for ending the devastation of armed conflict. Neuroscience has discovered that fear is rewarded with the naturally occurring, brain chemical, dopamine, and that we humans have a predisposition to dopamine addiction.
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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

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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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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