(original air date: Jan 19, 2012)
Surviving:) The Teenage Brain will forever change your perception of what teenagers are all about. Who are they and why do they do what they do? Who knew they had anything in common with some of the world’s greatest thinkers. What do Mozart, Mark Zuckerberg, The Beatles and Einstein all have in common? Believe it or not their greatest ideas were formed during their teen years. This is the time that scientists now tell us is the most important in the human lifecycle and a key evolutionary factor in the success of the species. Who knew that the prefrontal cortex goes through a wild growth spurt that coincides with the onset of adolescence?
British evolutionary biologist and author, David Bainbridge, leading American neurologist, Jay Giedd, and biological anthropologist, Helen E. Fisher, provide new research that explains both the peculiarities and the immense power of the teen brain and turns everything we’ve come to believe about adolescence on its head! Using hilarious, Jackass-inspired stunts, comic book style graphics and some of the best minds in the field Surviving:) The Teenage Brain looks at the science deep within the teen brain and celebrates evolution’s masterpiece – the years that bring us judgment, adaptation and innovation. This could change the way we school, parent and motivate these transitional Homo sapiens. It might even make them easier to live with