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The Brain Game: Understanding the Teen Brain

teensThe ABC Documentaries Division has an interesting series on understanding the teen brain.  It’s called,”Whatever! The Science of Teens.”  Of particular importance to our discussion of diversity in this blog is the subject of moods.  We all know what the term “mood” means, but I don’t think most of us really understand the power of moods and it’s role in how we see ourselves, our organizations, and our world. 

The question that is fascinating to me about a discussion on moods is where do they come from? Are they tied to personality, situation, or culture.  What triggers moods? And, most importantly, how do moods affect our work effort, how we see others, and how we feel about ourselves?

The Emotional Intelligence field has a lot to say about the impact of emotions on daily worklife.  But, I think a more specific question is needed about moods.  Watch the video from the link below.  It is fascinating…

Watch “Whatever! The Science of Teens”

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  1. August 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    After watching the video on moods, it seems as if many things trigger one’s mood. After the research was done it was concluded that personal relationships such as boyfriends/girlfriends and trouble with parents were the main causes of the “downs” in a mood. The contrast the video showed with teens vs. adults and how their mood is, was very interesting, showing that since parts of the brain in the teens had not fully developed, adults handled their highs and lows much better. Very interesting video.

  2. N. Demby
    August 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    The four part series about teen behavior was quite interesting. The video I chose to review first was the Risk episode. Teens are subject to natural laws that provide much of the fuel for their mischief. They naturally form social groups and tend to run in packs and make decisions based on feeling and emotion, rather than logic. Brain science is revealing this tendency in all humans so it was interesting to see it in action. Teens are hardwired to take risk. Over a period of time, trial and error occur while experimenting with the risk/reward relationship. These experiences form connections in the brain and soon teens are programmed to exhibit behavior considered risky. It is necessary to the development of one’s sense of self. Brain science has termed this framework development “synaptic pruning”. In essence, this is like trimming a bush to allow the bush to become healthier. The brain, through feedback, will naturally strengthen or destroy connections, making it stronger and capable of quicker functionality. In teens, the goal of this pruning is to find connections that, when acted upon, result in the production of dopamine. Dopamine is one of the major neuro-chemicals in the brain and serves to give us a sense of pleasure. This is the reward sought by most teens, therefor their behavior typically allows for maximun dopamine production.

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