What feels as good as chocolate?
feels as good as chocolate on the tongue or money in the bank
but won't make you fat or risk a subpoena from the Securities
and Exchange Commission? ...Scientists
have discovered that the small, brave act of cooperating with
another person, of choosing trust over cynicism, generosity over
selfishness, makes the brain light up with quiet joy.
"We say people act this way because
the brain is hard-wired to cooperate – it associates cooperation
with reward,” said Gregory Berns, a professor at the Emory
University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
In 2002, researchers and doctors at Emory
University in Atlanta conducted one of the first MRI studies
of “real time” social interaction using the classic
laboratory game, "Prisoner’s
selected from a number of greedy or cooperative strategies as
they pursued financial gain. When the participants chose mutualism
over "me-ism," the mental circuitry normally associated
with reward-seeking behavior swelled to life.
And the longer they engaged in a cooperative strategy, the more strongly flowed the blood to the pathways of pleasure, the same areas that respond to chocolate, sex, beautiful pictures, and licit and illicit drugs such as cocaine.
The results were really surprising. The rational selection in the game would be to defect, but in real life, this is generally not what people select: Mutual cooperation was the most common outcome in the games.
Analyzing the scans, the researchers found that in rounds of cooperation, two broad areas of the brain were activated and able to respond to dopamine, the brain chemical famed for its role in addictive behaviors. One area is the antreroventral striatum. Another area activated during cooperation was the orbitofrontal cortex in the region right above the eyes. In addition to being part of the reward-processing system, it is also involved in impulse control.
Every round, you’re confronted with the possibility of getting an extra dollar by defecting,” Dr. Rilling said. “The choice to cooperate requires impulse control." *Resources listed below.
Left Behind? Bullies have
poor impulse control, lack in the skill of cooperation, and
create disruption in the classroom. To increase harmony
- and learning - include in-class partner and group projects
that reinforce the cooperation "high."
Story: After participating
in the Yello Dyno Lesson on “Tricky People”, the
class bully began his usual routine of tormenting his classmates,
but change was in the air. Realizing he didn't have
to take behavior that caused him harm, one child came forward
and confidently stated, "You’re a Tricky Person!" There
was a hush in the room. Then the class chorused the phrase, "Yeah,
you're a Tricky Person!" Instantly, the status of that
bully went from top dog to the bottom of the heap. The victims
took back their power, experienced the "cooperation high," and
settled in for their next class.
Together we are Doing Good. Thousands
of educators, parents and business professionals have joined
hands with me. We
are changing the lives of thousands of children each day by
using The Yello Dyno Method™. When you teach using the Yello Dyno curricula, you will be imparting the foundation knowledge for all anti-victimization to your Pre-K through 6th children. They in turn will be able to act successfully to protect themselves.
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Yours for child safety,
Yello Dyno Founder
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"Why We're So Nice: We're Wired to Cooperate," New York Times, 23 July 2002, Natalie Angier - http://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pol116/wired.htm
"Study: Brains Want To Cooperate" - Louise Knapp http://www.wired.com/news/medtech/0,1286,53945,00.html?tw=wn_story_related
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