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Gabe Howard  &  Vincent M. Wales 


Nov 2, 2017

In this episode of the Psych Central Show, hosts Gabe Howard and Vincent M. Wales welcome Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, who shares her experiences working in the field of neurofeedback. Specifically, she speaks on how technology – especially the intense use of handheld technology such as texting on smartphones – is affecting our brains. Dr. Russell-Chapin describes the differences that can be seen in the brain waves of a heavy texter as opposed to a “normal” baseline brain, how we seem to be losing our paralinguistic abilities, and offers insight to ways in which we can achieve a better balance in our lives by changing the way in which we use such technology.




[1:13]               How texting is changing the structure and function of our brains.

[6:41]               Are we losing our paralinguistic abilities because of texting?

[11:30]             How does one get into the field of studying brain function?

[12:51]             What do we mean by “dysregulation” of the brain?

[14:04]             How do we know what the proper baseline is for brain function?

[18:47]             How do we achieve better balance?