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episode 3: The Teenage Brain
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A World of Their Own
When examining the adolescent brain we find mystery, complexity, frustration, and inspiration. As the brain begins teeming with hormones, the prefrontal cortex, the center of reasoning and impulse control, is still a work in progress. For the first time, scientists can offer an explanation for what parents already know -- adolescence is a time of roiling emotions, and poor judgment. Why do teenagers have distinct needs and behaviors? Why, for example, do high school students have such a hard time waking up in the morning? Scientists have just begun to answer questions about the purpose of sleep as it relates to the sleep patterns of teenagers.

photo of brain scan For the first time, scientists can offer an explanation for what parents already know.

A major challenge to the adolescent brain is schizophrenia. Throughout the world and across cultural borders, teenagers from as early as age 12 suffer from this brain disorder.

Why do we sleep?
Sleep Patterns
Does the brain ever sleep?
Culture and Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia
Here and around the world.
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