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A growing body of research now shows that poverty changes the way children’s brains develop, shrinking parts of the brain essential for memory, planning, and decision-making.
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Shame and guilt feel awful, but they do serve a good purpose: to make you be a better human.
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Sleep deprivation puts the brain on high alert, unable to discern a well-natured grin from a threatening scowl.
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The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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Experts in neuroscience and the law answer questions about solitary confinement and how it affects the brain.
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This panel discusses the implications of solitary confinement with a neurobiologist, a physician, a lawyer, and an individual held in solitary for 29 years.
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Jules Lobel has spent years using neuroscience studies in court to argue and prove that solitary confinement should be considered cruel and unusual punishment.
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Huda Akil, professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, explains the many ways that the stress of chronic isolation, especially solitary confinement, affects the brain and behavior.
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  • 18 min
Richard J. Smeyne discusses recent research that reveals how solitary confinement can cause physical damage to the brain.
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  • 16 min
As social animals, our health depends on interactions with others. If placed in isolation, without those connections, our physical and mental health take a hit.
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Robert King, a member of the Angola 3, shares how his 29 years in solitary confinement changed the course of his life forever.
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Cognitive psychologist Sian Beilock, explains performance anxiety, choking under pressure, and what we can do to perform our best.
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