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While happiness and learning appear to be identical in the brain, violence has had nothing to do with happiness up until now.

That can change, however, and by itself, as we make ourselves comfortable in front of the screen!


home made ….

… Running amok

Alyssa killed 9 year old neighbour:

“It was amazing. As soon as you get over the 'ohmygawd I can't do this' feeling, it's pretty enjoyable.” She wrote in her diary.

How is that possible

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You sink down into your sofa, put your legs up and reach for the remote control while someone passes you your food… ah, how nice and carefree life can be!
Of course we won’t let these pleasures be affected by all the shooting, knife-stabbing, strangling and whatever else is being shown on the screen. On the contrary, it all helps to keep boredom at bay! Any dog-owner knows what Pavlov observed: his dog always salivated whenever it was shown a sausage.

Has your dog ever slavered while listening in rapture to church bells? Pavlov let a bell ring for a while whilst showing the sausage. The result: the sausage was not
needed. It only had to hear a bell and the dog would go chasing after it slavering in glee!

When things occur repeatedly at the same time, they grow together in the brain and we can no longer experience them separately – exactly the same kind of  connection forms between pleasure and violence while we indulge in both simultaneously in front of the screen!

CAUTION! Watching violence on the TV screen is like setting a time bomb with an electrical detonator in the brain: juvenile armed offenders who were otherwise  described as friendly and helpful people, have already described how they hadn’t intended to kill anyone, but nevertheless couldn’t resist a deceptively nice feeling,
which drove them to it!

The project N° 2009-1-FR1-GRU06-07061 « Art : a basic human need. Neurodidactic Answers to increasing social challenges» has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the respective authors, and neither the Commission nor the project partners can be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.