William R. Stixrud, Ph.D. Presents
The Emotional Lives of Teens: Perspectives from Brain, Mind, and Body
Jenny Whichard, Assistant Head of Middle School (discussant)
Wednesday, March 8
7:00 - 8:30 pm
The physical and hormonal changes that begin at puberty are accompanied by rapid developments in the brain, which continue throughout adolescence. These physiological developments dramatically change the emotional landscape for teens, as they increase young people’s capacity for pleasure, especially in the presence of peers, but also make them more easily stressed, thereby increasing their vulnerability to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. In this talk, Dr. Stixrud will summarize research on the emotional lives of adolescents. He will discuss how factors such as gender, social media, academic competition, and insufficient sleep are affecting their inner life, and he will present suggestions to parents and educators for promoting healthy emotional development in teenagers.