Today, I share with you my first interview of a neuroscientist, Dr. Erin Parks of the UC San Diego Eating Disorder Center. We discuss the range of eating disorders that we see today, as well as their neurobiological, genetic, and psychological roots. We talk about how culture factors into eating disorders, what personality traits are associated with such disorders, and how science has shed light on development and treatment.
Today, we investigate what it is that makes sleep so important to human life, and why teenagers seem to get so little of it. We explore the teenage circadian rhythm, and why high school start times are out of sync with teenage biological realities. We also discuss how sleep can boost academic performance and memory, and how to study and sleep to maximize memorization.
Today, we explore the science behind sexual orientation and gender identity. From gay penguins to finger lengths, we discover what biology has to say about sexuality, orientation, and gender identity in the 21st century.
Creatures of Habit is about how our habits are built, and how they control our lives, especially as teenagers. Today, we learn how to make new habits using habit loops, how to change pesky bad habits, and what science has in store for the future of human habit building.
This week on Brainstorms, we discuss America’s favorite drug: marijuana. Your Brain on Pot examines the potential risks of marijuana to the teenage brain, and how marijuana stacks up compared to alcohol.
The DNA Trap explores how much of our brain is built by our genes. In the episode, we focus on addiction and mental illness, and how these two conditions are influenced by our genetic code that we inherit from our parents. Most importantly, we discuss what choices we can make as teenagers to live healthy lives, even if our brains are predisposed to illness and addiction.
In Episode 2, we investigate the true nature of peer pressure, social conformity, and the search for popularity based on the neurobiology of the teenage brain.