Get Kids Hooked on The Right Drugs

August 7th, 2017 | by scottleduc |

Introduction

Learning should feel good or better stated, gratifying.  The stronger the emotional response the better the learning retention. Let’s take a look at what chemically happens in the brain when we struggle, succeed, and enjoy what we are doing.

You Need a “DOSE” of These 4 Chemicals

  • Dopamine
  • Oxytocin
  • Serotonin
  • Endorphins

Why? Because Stress Kills Learning and Much More!!!

People Just Want to Be Happy

  • Rhona Raskin of Rhona at Night
  • People will do whatever it takes to be happy

Scott’s Quest for Happiness

  • Age 48 – Never drunk or high, from drugs or alcohol
  • Age 16 – Takes stance on drugs
    • Loses social capital
  • Bicycles across the US looking for hero Kerry Livgren
  • Play scene from Kansas – Miracles out of Know Documentary
    • Start at 53:30
    • About 3 minutes
  • Happiness found in giving, a.k.a teaching

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Dopamine Resources

  • The Neuroscience Perseverance
    - Psychology Today

    • “Neuroscientists have known for years that dopamine is linked to positive behavior reinforcement and the ‘ding, ding, ding’ jackpot feeling you get when you accomplish a goal. Recently they have also discovered the specific receptors that link dopamine directly to the formation of good and bad habits.”
    • Read the article to find out more about these:
      1. PICTURE YOURSELF AS A HUMAN “LAB RAT” IN A SKINNER BOX
      2. THE ‘PLEASURE PRINCIPLE’ TRUMPS ‘WILL-POWER’ EVERYTIME
      3. NOT ACHIEVING GOALS DRIES UP YOUR DOPAMINE RESERVES
      4. EXPECTATION AND BELIEF CAN PRODUCE DOPAMINE
      5. BE METHODICAL: CREATE SELF-IMPOSED DEADLINES
      6. TURN A MOUNTAIN INTO “MOLE-HILLS” OF DOPAMINE RELEASE
      7. BE YOUR OWN CHEERING SQUAD: LEARN TO SAY “YES! I DID IT!”
  • The Science of Motivation your Brain on Dopamine – Blog IDoneThis
    • “Motivation is a tricky thing to corral. Tricky, but not impossible.”

Oxytocin Resource

  • Psychology Today on Oxytocin
  • Video About 3:20 minutes
    • http://www.oxytocincentral.com – Oxytocin affects our feelings and emotions, but oxytocin is also a Super-Hero in the way it impacts our bodies. Oxytocin has been linked to more restful sleep. Lower blood pressure. Reduced stress. Less pain. Improved healing. Weight loss. There are many natural methods by which to release a constant flow of oxytocin. Many of these require human contact, such as gentle touches and hugging. There are also oxytocin supplements available which can increase oxytocin levels in our bodies.
  • Study.com – What Is Oxytocin? – Definition, Function & Side Effects

Non-Cognitive Skills Development Resources

Read How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

Happiness Presentations

  • The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor at TED.com
  • Play the video from 10:05
  • About 2 minutes
  • Heal your brain with video games by Jane McGonigal at TED.com
  • Play the video from 12:00
  • About 7.5 minutes

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