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Visiting Fleming Fellow Lecture: 'Are You and Your Cell Phone Inseparable?'

Tuesday, 21 March, 2017

Roy Pereira, S.J., of St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, will present "Internationalization of Addiction: Help from Neuroscience" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, in Suite 124 (seminar room) at the Center for Global Citizenship. The lecture will examine the topic "Are You and Your Cell Phone Inseparable?"

The event is free and open to the public.

Pereira is the David Fleming, S.J., Fellow in International Studies this semester.

The event is cosponsored by the Center for Global Citizenship, the Catholic Studies Centre, the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program.

Visit the International Studies program website for more information.

About the Lecture
We are familiar with the traditional forms of addiction with respect to the use of alcohol and drugs. These are typical examples of substance addiction but what is lesser known or talked about or researched is the addiction due to the devices that we use such as the smart phone, tablet or laptop.

This belongs to the category of behavioral addiction. For long it has been believed that behavioral addictions were "just in your mind" and that with strong will power they could be overcome.

Research now shows us that even behavioral addictions like that of our devices cause changes in the brain. With the ubiquitous use of cell phones and tablets, even by young children, for long periods of time it is imperative to understand how these could possibly affect the brain and what the long term affects are.

While we cannot stop using these devices we have to learn how to use them in a judicious manner to avoid the negative effects arising from their addictive use.

Roy Pereira, S.J., is researching the effects of cell phones, internet usage and social media on the brain. Recently, he was invited by Google to present his work at their headquarters in Mountain View, California. He regularly uses the piano and song to bring out the message of his presentation.