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Melatonin: An Old Hormone with New Tricks
Did You Know? / Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders / Sleep

Melatonin: An Old Hormone with New Tricks

Melatonin: you’ve undoubtedly seen it in the supplement aisle at the drugstore…that natural sleep remedy your aunt recommended once, sounding vaguely like a portmanteau of mellow and serotonin.  But between the occasional internet medical forum and your would-be pharmacist aunt, how much do you really know about this sandman hormone? Melatonin is an ancient, multipurpose … Continue reading

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Discusses the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain
Brain Development / Did You Know? / Videos

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Discusses the Mysterious Workings of the Adolescent Brain

What brain regions are employed when we interact with other people?  Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains the “social brain” in her TED talk and sheds light on the complex networks that enable us to evaluate the mental states of other people.  Her research focuses on the development of the social brain during adolescence.  Watch Dr. … Continue reading

Smells Like Teen Synapses: A Look Inside Adolescent Brains and Behaviors
Aging / Brain Development

Smells Like Teen Synapses: A Look Inside Adolescent Brains and Behaviors

“I would there were no age between sixteen and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the ancientry, stealing, fighting…” The old shepherd’s thoughts from Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale resonate centuries later when we consider examples of stereotypical teenage behavior … Continue reading