Childhood & Adolescence

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It’s not just hormones that explain teen behavior. Environment and social interaction play a role, too.
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Teens’ nocturnal lifestyles are more than a personal preference — dramatic hormonal changes during puberty alter the brain circuits that regulate sleep.
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Read more to discover the cognitive benefits of play in early childhood.
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Learn more about the ever-changing brains of teenagers.
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Learn about the benefits of water play for young children.
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The neurological consequences of teenage alcohol abuse can last well beyond the teen years and into adulthood.
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Your brain changes as you grow, but what happens after the growth spurt? Neuroscientist Nick Spitzer debunks the myth that your brain is done maturing after the teen years.
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Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
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  • 9 min
How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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  • 21 min
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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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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  • 7 min
Growing up in poverty can negatively impact developing brain regions like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and, in turn, increases the risks of developing behavioral and learning problems.
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  • 23 min
Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
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  • 16 min

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