Episode 2: Like Everybody Else

For a full transcript of this episode, click here: Like Everybody Else TranscriptNote: Conversational pieces of transcripts may deviate slightly from the spoken podcast, but all facts and science are preserved. 

In this week’s episode, Like Everybody Elsewe explore peer pressure, conformity, and trying to fit in. As much as we want to “be ourselves,” it turns out that our brains aren’t programmed to be unique during the teenage years- in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The way we process rewarding events makes us especially susceptible to peer pressure, and not just the verbal kind. Once we hit puberty, boys and girls also diverge in their social goals, and adapt totally different ideas about the quest for popularity and social satisfaction. 

Here are some pretty incredible pieces of reading that go along with this podcast:

  • I used an article from Scientific American for research about testosterone and dominance, but there’s so much more to the article that I wasn’t able to talk about. I highly recommend it if you’re curious about testosterone and dominance in males (not just teenagers).
  • Here is a brief and fascinating article about why and how people copy the accents of others in conversation:
  • I just found a startling article about the potential long-term health effects of social rejection on teenage girls, both physically and mentally. Not to worry you about your longevity, but it’s pretty amazing that our social life can affect the immune system.


The sources used to research this episode are as follows:

Age of Opportunity: Lessons From The New Science of Adolescence by Laurence Steinberg

People Pleasing and Eating Habits

Verbal Mimicry  

Teenage Car Accident Statistics

Conformity and Peer Influence Measures in Adolescence 

Adolescent Testosterone Levels and Dominance

Testosterone and Conduct Disorders, Leadership, and Aggression in Adolescents

Testosterone Causes Social Dominance, Not Violence

Peer Influences on Decision-Making (Research Paper) 

Hormones and Behavior During Puberty (Research Paper)

Social Brain in Adolescence and Cybermall Study (Research Paper) 


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