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Why are video games addictive?

29Oct
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We need to Disconnect to really Connect

25Sep
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Can you go back to a dumbphone?

09Sep
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Why teaching kids coding is a waste of time and money

02Sep
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Should kids be learning on screens?

27Aug
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An alternative to screens in the car that we can all enjoy

08Aug
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Smart Phones are making us dumb!

05Aug
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Teens are addicted to smart phones

05Aug
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Smartphones at school

09Dec
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October 29, 2019
Dr Mark Williams Neuroscience Professor Author Speaker Facilitator

Why are video games addictive?

Quite simply they are designed to be addictive. There are literally millions of different games available. Video game designers have to make their game popular. Popularity occurs when players return to play on a regular basis. Designers achieve this by making their game challenging enough that very few people get to the finish. They also ensuring that there are incentives or wins along the way. We call this intermittent reinforcement. It fires up the pleasure areas of our brains and is a great way to ensure a person wants to return. This is the same type of reinforcement that makes gambling so addictive.
August 8, 2019
Dr Mark Williams Neuroscience Professor Author Speaker Facilitator

An alternative to screens in the car that we can all enjoy

I was chatting with a parent at school pick-up the other day. She told me that she really enjoyed my presentation on ‘screen time for kids’. She felt as though she now understood the real issues. Then she said that she was feeling really guilty. She still allowed her kids to watch seven hours of DVDs on a recent car trip to Queensland. She explained that there was no way her kids would sit quietly in the car for more than 15min without a DVD to watch.
August 5, 2019
Dr Mark Williams Neuroscience Professor Author Speaker Facilitator

Teens are addicted to smart phones

There is now a phenomenon called 'Phantom Vibration Syndrome'. It occurs when someone regularly has their phone set to vibrate. They feel phantom vibrations on their leg - even when their phone is not present. Up to 90% of US University students experience these phantom vibrations.
December 9, 2019
Dr Mark Williams Neuroscience Professor Author Speaker Facilitator

Smartphones at school

Many private schools in NSW are now banning smartphones during school hours and all the feedback I have heard is extremely positive. Schools should be about learning and anything that hinders learning should be restricted.