Dec 5, 2013 — The notoriously short night's sleep that many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
Dec 2, 2013 — Scientists agree that teenagers naturally go to bed late and sleep late, too. But high school start times are traditionally very early. Proponents of later start times say they're finally getting traction. The result, they say, will be happier kids who do better in school.
Nov 12, 2013 — Criminal lawyers increasingly turn to brain science to explain their clients' actions. It's a tactic that's kept defendants out of jail. But neuroscientists say scans can be easily misused or misinterpreted. Now judges must decide whether the evolving science is being used in a sensible way.
Jul 31, 2012 — The prefrontal cortex, the brain's executive control center, develops more slowly than the limbic system, which controls arousal and reward. The mismatch makes it harder for teens to maintain concentration behind the wheel.
Jul 12, 2012 — How can families help self-harm sufferers become self-harm survivors? Commentator Barbara J. King and her 18-year-old daughter Sarah Hogg reflect together on Sarah's past cutting behavior, why it happened, and what factors helped in her recovery.
Sep 20, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, solving the mystery of the teenage brain. In the second hour, explorers discuss the risks and rewards of their work, and National Geographic geographer Juan Jose Valdes talks about his newly released map of his homeland, Cuba.