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Introduction: Hormones and Huffs: The Science of Puberty (01:34)


Teenagers have bad manners and a contempt for authority. Scientists understand that teen rampage is an integral part of growing up. Hormones go crazy and affect behavior.

Teenage Transformation (02:53)

Between the ages of 10 and 18, human bodies and brains completely change. Triggered by biochemical messages, girls typically enter puberty around the age of 10 and boys follow one to two years later; onset is flexible. Researchers believe chemicals disrupt hormonal balance.

Early Onset Puberty (05:46)

Specialists in France, including Charles Sultan, treat hormonal imbalances in children. Sultan discusses the influence of environmental pollutants and increasing numbers of precocious puberty. Experts advise teenagers to avoid hormone-like substances including skin creams and cosmetics.

Brain Development (06:11)

The brain grows and restructures itself during puberty. Scientists research the adolescent brain to gain a better understanding of why not all children become mentally healthy adults. Activities during adolescence are more likely to stick with us; Zoe tries new things, including archery.

Adolescent Brain (06:41)

Teenagers are at their peak of physical and mental abilities during puberty and have a different biorhythm than adults. Experts discuss the teenage body clock. A school in Germany uses a flextime system for teenage students; chronobiologists analyze data.

Daredevilry (05:05)

Adolescence is a time of irrational behavior and risk seeking. Researchers use activities on a laptop and MRI imaging to study teenage risk assessment. Experts discuss brain structure, development, and negative feedback.

Activities and Peer Influence (06:23)

Camden enjoys skateboarding. Sport trains muscles and positively influences the psyche; it releases endorphins. Researchers study the desire for getting intoxicated in groups and risk behavior. Like-minded social groups are essential for teenagers.

Social Networks (02:15)

Lauren Sherman researches the impact of social media on teenagers; the number of positive reviews influences opinions. Social media changes the brain, but no evidence suggests that it damages the brain or reduces intelligence.

Adolescent Brain and Emotions (04:24)

Studies reveal that teenagers have trouble interpreting facial expressions; it helps explain unpredictable reactions and teenage tantrums. Lucy Brown discusses where romantic love originates in the brain, chemicals in the ventral tegmental area, and separation.

Gender Identity Disorder (04:26)

During puberty, Jessica takes a drug to arrest male puberty and estrogen to trigger female puberty. She continues to undergo psychotherapeutic treatment. Bernd Meyenburg discusses treating adolescents. Experts know little about the causes of gender identity disorders.

Adolescent Gender Differences (05:47)

Experts discuss gender-specific attributes. Kerstin Konrad analyzes differences to learn how much is genetically pre-programmed, how much is hormonally controlled, and how much is education. Hormones affect the brain and create different emotional sensitivity. Experts reflect on puberty.

Credits: Hormones and Huffs: The Science of Puberty (00:32)

Credits: Hormones and Huffs: The Science of Puberty

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Teenagers can be monsters but are also sensitive beings undergoing a fascinating biological metamorphosis. This visually stunning science documentary takes us deep into the mesmerising world of adolescents and reveals the scientific miracles of puberty.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL285623

ISBN: 979-8-88678-655-2

Copyright date: ©2016

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