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Brain Defense Research Citations

Lesson 1: Be Screen Safe!

The brain can get hijacked by the chemicals that technology causes to be released

Sleep helps your brain process the information it took in throughout the day

How much sleep do children need?

Recommendation to turn screens off 30 minutes before bedtime

Recommendation to keep discretionary screen time under 2 hours/day

Lesson 2: Be Brain Healthy!

Addiction is a disease of the brain.

  • Volkow, Nora D. M.D., et. al. (2016, Jan 28). Neurobiologic Advances from the Brain Disease Model of Addiction. The New England Journal of Medicine 2016; 374: 363-371. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1511480
  • 2020. What is the definition of addiction? American Society of Addiction Medicine [Accessed 15 April 2020]. “Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences. Prevention efforts and treatment approaches for addiction are generally as successful as those for other chronic diseases.”

Pornography use can become an addiction.

The formation of habits and addictions

Thinking brain and feeling brain roles

Lesson 3: Be Brain Smart!

Chemicals are released upon viewing pornography.

Pornography leads to objectification of other people.

Lesson 4: Be Brain Strong!

Physical exercise as a means of changing the brain

Labeling emotions helps prefrontal cortex gain control

Lesson 5: Be Screen Responsible!

Digital Citizenship in schools

Cyberbully incidents in schools

Cyberbullying in social media apps/accounts/video games.

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