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Behavioural Neuroscience: Technology Addiction

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Lei Anne Gales

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Transcript of Behavioural Neuroscience: Technology Addiction

Research Methods
Brain imaging techniques used to analyze some aspect of the nervous system.
Survey research are used to describe a wide range of population and for explanatory purposes.
Qualitative research method such as interviews are used to analyze an individual’s perspective and experience.
Quantitative data is presented using numeric scales to understand how one’s perception is related to the subject.
Quantitative researchers get an objective analysis and use the statistics to support their findings.
Current Issues
Questions of Interest
Field Definition
Behavioural neuroscience examines the biological basis of behaviour
It determines how the brain and the nervous system work (Feldman & Dinardo, 2012, 12)
Focuses on medical disorders, such as addiction, eating disorders and age-related memory disorders and learning processes.

The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit forming, to such an extent that cessation causes severe trauma (dictionary.com)
What is Addiction?
How does Technology Addiction differ?
Internet addiction disorder or more commonly called Problematic Internet use (PIU) is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life

Technology use significantly increased in the 1980's through the usage of television and computer (Watkins, 2009, p.2)
By 2003, 55% of American households had Internet access and 76% of homes with school-age children, computer compared to 57 percent of homes without kids (Watkins, 2009, p.3)
Today, many Americans live in technology-rich household called the "wired castle" (Watkins, 2009, 2)
Social problems - people using electronics barely interact face to face
Intelligence issues - electronics are taking over the pleasure-creating circuits in our brain
Activity issues - Our brains are not being used to full capacity. Studies show that children are getting stupider.
Concentration issues - focusing more on electronics rather than what's going on around them
Do you know when to disconnect?
Related Careers
College or university professors
Scientific research department
Medical department
Related Professions


Miller, P. G., Strang, J. & Miller, P. M. (2010). Addiction research methods. Retrieved on October 2013 from http://dl.ravannews.com/files/Addiction_research_methods.pdf

Feldman, R. & Dinardo, A. (2012). PSYC1100. Custom Publication For
Niagara College. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Watkins, S. C. (2009). The young and the digital: What the migration to social network sites, games, and anytime, anywhere media means for our future. Boston: Beacon Press. Retrieved October 2013 from Niagara College Library

Davidow B. (January 6, 2012). Technology Addiction Will Lead to Our Evolution—or Enslavement. The Atlantic. Retrieved on October 2013 from http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/01/technology-addiction-will-lead-to-our-evolution-or-enslavement/250951/

3 billion hours a week is spent playing video games (McGonigal, 2011)
Simulation entrapment = not being able to let go

History Cont.
A number of children in China are dropping dead due to non-stop internet and computer use

Technology is readily available to everyone
Accessing technology is just as easy as a touch of a button = you can do any kind of things
“hospitals are having trouble controlling the inappropriate use of electronic devices in operating rooms. In one case, a neurosurgeon who made ten phone calls during an operation caused partial paralysis in a patient.”
How do you know when you're addicted?
Are we losing our humanity over technology?
Are we too dependent on technology?
Is technology controlling our lives?
Do people know how to disconnect from technology?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
Internet addiction disorder (IAT)
Internet addiction tester
Internet-related addictive behavior inventory (IRABI)
Internet and technology addiction anonymous (ITAA)
Group therapy treatment with a combination of readiness to change
Selective serotonin re uptake inhibitor (SSRI)
New careers being created each year - list is dynamic
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