Cell Phones, Dopamine, and Development: Barbara Jennings at TEDxABQ

Dr. Barbara Jennings is a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, a part-time instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, and a lifelong learner who pursues her interests in the spirit of a knowledge seeker. She has worked as a youth counselor, computer programmer, college instructor, and research engineer. Dr. Jennings’ desire to understand why technical professionals were reticent to share knowledge led her to complete a Ph.D at the University of New Mexico.

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4 Responses to Cell Phones, Dopamine, and Development: Barbara Jennings at TEDxABQ

  1. RealationGames says:

    The last sentence really sums the whole thing up.
    Dopamine affection is obviously relative and not absolute(like every single sensory system in human body, that makes us able to adapt). This means that continous high dopamine levels will become a norm for your body and normal(no external stimulants) dopamine levels will create uncomfortable mood.
    This is why I try to avoid quick dopamine boosters, such as fiddling with phone when you are facing boredom. Just face the boredom, so getting away from it will feel well worth it.

  2. John Orman says:

    Very interesting research, Dr. Barbara! Glad to see your video posted, so I am turning off my cell phone long enough to make this comment. Maybe I will leave it off for a while longer and go out and take a walk. Thanks! Hope all is well with you!

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  4. Eli Terindahl says:

    So I should stop shooting heroin and use my cell phone more?