Sex, Drugs, and Firing Neurons: This Is Your Brain on Cognition

Complete video at: Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield describes the brain’s cognitive processes for interpreting and learning from new sensations. Greenfield claims thrill-seeking — “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” — undermines these processes, recreating the sense of new experiences. “You never say, ‘Oh, I’m going to have a really cognitive time tonight.'” —– With a recent study showing that up to 97% of Australians aged 16-17 use at least one social networking site, should we be worried? Increasingly children are raised in front of television and computer screens. What are the effects that this can have on brain development? Do websites like Twitter and Facebook contribute to a culture of short term attentiveness? Baroness Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist at Oxford University and argues that we should be increasingly wary of how the changing technological environment is affecting the minds of the young. – Australian Broadcasting Corporation Baroness Susan Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster, and member of the House of Lords. Greenfield, whose specialty is the physiology of the brain, has worked to research and bring attention to Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Greenfield is Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Lincoln College, Oxford, and Director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. On February 1, 2006, she was installed as Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.
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24 Comments so far »

  1. spacecowboy95 said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

    This woman is so full of hot air it’s not funny. I’m glad she got fired from her positions at the RI and I’m glad she’s being attacked by proper scientists for at the stupid, unfounded claims she makes.

  2. VinkoRajic said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

    I can use telepathy, I can exchange voice, video, smell, people can move small move muscles on my body from distance and more.
    What I find most fascinating my telepathy is nearly identical what Schizophrenics experience.
    My telepathy manifest itself exact like “Schneider’s first-rank symptoms”.

  3. samg169 said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    HairLikeCottonCandy – She is talking about the two activities being similar in terms of them being sensory experiences rather than cognitive, why don’t you sell your anti-drugs message to someone who is interested. And DrMontague, women weren’t just put on this earth as penis recipients, we do have other skills and abilities.

  4. HairLikeCottonCandy said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    How in the world is white water rafting equivalent to taking drugs? An experience like that would be very mentall stimulating, memorable and engaging! Clearly she isn’t a physical fitness enthusiast.

  5. DrMontague said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    I bet Susan Green Greenfield is a bundle of fun in bed. Feel sorry for her hubby. Hurry up and finish shagging darling I’ve got a lecture to prepare!

  6. DrMontague said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    No them folk still have a sense of control. They do not rurn into rapists, or murderers. They still have a sense of reality otherwise they wouldn’t get home.

  7. DrMontague said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

    From the author shirley Jackson The Haunting of Hill House.

  8. DrMontague said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone

  9. thoth27 said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    this was rather underwhelming
    it is as superficial as something youd hear on the news, or read in the paper while taking a shit.

  10. ParArdua said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 6:40 pm

    She is such an excellent communicator.

    She’s able to get some complex concepts across to a lay public who are hungry for science, and angry at the power of hysterical and greedy organisations such as the Amerikan Enterprise Institute and Exxon Mobil who’ve hijacked Climate Change, alternative fuels and progressive politics.

  11. ekydami said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Greenfield is such an impressive communicator.
    At a time when the media attack science and knowledge, Greenfield is there, fiercely independent and fearless, getting across her great insights to ordinary folk such as myself. Her lecture at the National Press Club was like watching a fine tennis player hitting endless awesome returns, and with humility.

  12. trikninja said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

    She’s done little to no research whatsoever in her claims toward the effects of social networking on the minds of youth, nor has she even picked a place in the House of Lords, she’s a crossbencher, jumping from wagon to wagon, flouting her useless and unrecognised title while disguising her own outdated opinions as researched fact. It was because of her behavior that she was made redundant as director from theroyal institution.

  13. cipanlaknat said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 8:16 pm


  14. eartslasthoperevived said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    that blowing their mind can be looked at in many ways . Mate seeking behavior, Social acceptance etc etc. There’s a reason why we stretch from time to time(to get the blood flowing) .

  15. 1DennisK said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    @Ontologistics: Yes, like so many of those Oxford professors and researchers, recipients of honorary knighthoods, and members of the House of Lords, she’s quite primitive isn’t she. BTW, what have you done lately?

  16. technosnob303 said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    perhaps, but at the peak of drug us in that type of environment that it really is just pure sensation, you even loose internal dialogue to a large degree.

  17. Ontologistics said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    This stuff was known decades ago.

    The important question is how the brain gives rise to consciousness – the ‘explanatory gap’.

    Moreover, certain psychedelic drugs actually increase consciousness, rather than decrease it.

    This woman is primitive and I hope, for her sake, the audience is from a primary school.

  18. ncfwhitetigress said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    The part about drugs was so hilarious and true.

  19. ianhoppe said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 11:19 pm

    All of this made sense to me until the “blowing your mind” portion.
    It seems that even in an “extreme” environment, full of loud music and bright lights; one could still experience cognitive thoughts and attachments. The bar owner, for instance, or dancing with your friends in a club.
    All of this doesn’t seem consistent

  20. h2rski said,

    Wrote on February 18, 2012 @ 11:44 pm

    Maybe studying Zen would help understanding why people want to let go. No troubles, no worries, just this moment.

    What bother me is the comment she makes that certain people are no longer self-concience. I’ve seen lots of “cognitive” people being less self-concience than the people who “let themselves go”. It’s the balance of the two could be worth of consideration.

  21. WesternBlot said,

    Wrote on February 19, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    This woman’s presentation is a disgrace. She created a misleading title, hypocritically pointed out the misuse of genes in behavioral studies and then proceeded to point the finger at videogames for the increase of a host of neurological disorders. This would be forgivable if she wasn’t supposed to be a respected neuroscientist. The field deserved better than this presentation.

  22. politowic said,

    Wrote on February 19, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    Nice! Now THAT’S a good video.

  23. realisoph said,

    Wrote on February 19, 2012 @ 1:13 am


    I hope you’ll get to see plenty more stuff that gets the brain going. Have a nice day.

  24. magua73 said,

    Wrote on February 19, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    realisoh wrote:
    “then open your eyes”

    Yeah I know! But the sad part is that I just subscribed to ForaTv, even though I was getting irritated as I couldn’t understand for the life of me why they were cutting the videos so short.
    Talking about been short sighted, now that’s pathetic.

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