May 17, 2018

Those of you who have been to my seminars know how much I love to talk about the teenage brain. I'm glad to see that this article highlights the importance of sleep, something that both teens and adults tend to treat more as an indulgence than a necessity. It is so hel...

February 1, 2018

With marijuana now legal in my home state of California, more and more teens are under the impression that using the substance is "no big deal". In the short term, marijuana can impair judgement, coordination and memory.  Regular use in teen years can have long term co...

October 5, 2016

I love talking about the teenage brain in my seminars and parenting groups. The eye-rolling, moodiness and risk-taking may drive parents mad, but there is some real physiology to explain those behaviors. Thanks Grown and Flown for this interview with Frances Jensen, MD...

June 2, 2016

Check out this review of a cool new study out of UCLA, where researchers simulated Instagram and measured adolescents' behavior, using functional MRI's to see how teens' brains responded to "likes" on social media. As you might guess, their reward centers lit up when t...

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