Freaky Evonomics: Dopamine Genes Running Across the Border

What makes people flee violence and endure danger of illegal border crossings to come to the United States? What makes people risk carrying illegal drugs across the border? And, what makes the millions of American citizens in the US crave illegal drugs in the US? One could blame bad parents, too … Continue reading

Freaky Evonomic Calculations Drive America’s Border Problems

Epigenetic Mechanisms Enhanced

Drugs, violence, and lots scangry (scared+angry) people pretty much summarizes the “bad” in America’s border problems. The “solutions” on the daily shout-casts on TV and the Internet are unlikely to work, because they don’t conform to what I’d call freaky evonomics, which is the bastard child of freakonomics and evolutionary science. … Continue reading

A Super Tootle to Madison County and Ohio for a Nurturing Environment

Children write Tootles to each other as well as to adults who write them, too.

Please go read this newspaper story:  http://www.madison-press.com/news/opinion/5245873/A-Tootle-for-the-Madison-County-Fair   A “Tootle” (for the uninitiated) is the opposite of a tattle, and Tootles are written. An Ohio newspaper is the first newspaper in the world to publish a Tootle. The people of Madison County and the state of Ohio may not realize … Continue reading

Mobilizing America to Protect Young Children from Mental Illnesses

In just a few years, Americans mobilized to prevent polio.

(Note: Tony and I wrote this) In March 2009, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Sciences announced that mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders (MEB’s) among young people were preventable because of powerful, replicated science largely funded by various National Institutes of Health [1]. Not every … Continue reading

Nurturing Babies Brain Development by Eating Fish: Promoted Now by the FDA and EPA

Yep, on June 11, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration endorsed pregnant women eating fish. You can read the announcements online at: The announcement and links to attached documents can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm393070.htm#QAs This announcement of release can also can be found here on … Continue reading

Ohio Counties Pass Levy to Support PAX Good Behavior Game

The citizens of Allen, Auglaze and Hardin counties in Ohio pass a levy to support mental health prevention, intervention and treatment. The 1 mill, five-year levy for Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin counties passed 55 percent to 45 percent overall and passed in all three … Continue reading

“Why should I praise, compliment kids or students for things they should be doing anyway?”

My experience is that when someone says that or asks that, they—themselves—are feeling terribly un-praised and under appreciated for what they do in life.   The comment really means, “I am unappreciated, so why should I appreciate others?” I don’t attack people for this blinded comment about themselves, nor do I … Continue reading

How Can A Nurturing Environment Reduce Bias, Prejudice and Conflict Between Groups?

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The classic experiment that shows this happened in the 1950s, the Robbers Cave study (Sherif, Harvey, Hood, Sherif, & White, 1988).  An excellent 3-minute video summarizes how this classic experiment worked, which you can view at http://bit.ly/robbers-cave.  Now that study happened more than 60 years ago with some middle-class boys … Continue reading

The Nurture Effect of PAX Good Behavior Game: Is It Real?

Lori Thomas Presenting to Council AR-302289973

It’s interesting hear some reactions to the PAX Good Behavior Game. Some think it must be turning to children into robots, because the children become more pro-social, helpful, and engaged. Others think it’s too soft and fluffy, because the children are not given “consequences” for “bad” behaviors. If we cite … Continue reading