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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.

Texting Show Highlights:

“The average adolescent is texting more than a hundred times a day.” ~ Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin

[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?


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About Our Guest

Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin is a Professor of Counselor Education and an award-winning teacher and researcher at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She was the chairperson of the Department of Leadership in Education, Human Services and Counseling for twelve years and the Associate Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences for 16 years. Currently she is co-director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research.

Dr. Russell-Chapin has published and presented extensively in the local, regional, national and international arenas. She is the co-author of eight books on practicum/internship, supervision, conflict resolution, grief and loss, neurofeedback and neurocounseling. Dr. Russell-Chapin is a LCPC (IL), CMHCC, Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN). Dr. Russell-Chapin continues to teach clinical graduate counseling courses. Lori is in part-time private practice with her husband, Dr. Ted Chapin. She was named AMHCA’s national Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year. In 2017 Lori received the international American Counseling Association Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award for her work with neurocounseling.

About The Psych Central Show Podcast Hosts

 

Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar and anxiety disorders. In addition to hosting The Psych Central Show, Gabe is an associate editor for PsychCentral.com. He also runs an online Facebook community, The Positive Depression/Bipolar Happy Place, and invites you to join.  To work with Gabe, please visit his website, gabehoward.com.

 

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Vincent M. Wales
 is a former suicide prevention counselor who lives with persistent depressive disorder. In addition to co-hosting The Psych Central Show, Vincent is the author of several award-winning novels and the creator of costumed hero Dynamistress. Visit his websites at www.vincentmwales.com and www.dynamistress.com.