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Topic: Adolescent Brain Development

Adolescent brain development is a critical period marked by rapid neural changes and increased vulnerability to external influences, shaping behavior, mental health, and lifelong outcomes.

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Adolescence is a pivotal stage of brain development, marked by significant neurological changes and 'rewiring' that can have lasting impacts on cognition, behavior, and mental health.

The podcast episodes discuss how the rise of smartphones, social media, and substance use (e.g. vaping, cannabis) during this crucial developmental period may be contributing to the observed increase in anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues among teens.

Experts like Jonathan Haidt and Dr. Bonnie Halpern-Felsher highlight the vulnerability of the adolescent brain to excessive digital stimuli and addictive substances, and advocate for measures to help youth regain control over their attention and foster healthier developmental trajectories.

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