Research + News | Topic: Brain Development

Teens Who Are “Addicted” To TikTok Experience Worse Depression And Anxiety, And In Turn, Reduced Working Memory Capacity

A study among teenage TikTok users found that those who showed addictive tendencies toward the platform performed worse when recalling number sequences. Read the article here.

Porn Addiction And Kids – Neuropsychologist Reveals Who Is Most Vulnerable

Kristen Jenson of Defend Young Minds interviews Dr. Mateusz Gola about problematic pornography use and the latest neuroscience of addiction. Access the interview here.

Billie Eilish Says Porn Fixation Starting At Age 11 ‘Destroyed’ Her Brain

The “Bad Guy” singer said violent sex videos warped her perspective on healthy relationships. Read the article here.

Study Shows Stronger Brain Activity After Writing On Paper Than On Tablet Or Smartphone

Unique, complex information in analog methods likely gives brain more details to trigger memory. Read the article here.

Our Disappearing Attention Spans

The question that begs to be asked here is, “Is a short attention span a bad thing?” Read the article here.

The Effects Of Technology On Teens

In a world of remote-learning, Zoom calls, and streaming, do the benefits out weigh the risks? Read the article here.

Why Writing By Hand Makes Kids Smarter

New brain research shows that writing by hand helps children learn more and remember better. Read the article here.

The Downside To Screen Time This Fall

The proposed solutions for school in the fall, while completely understandable and entirely rational, are going to need to be carefully watched and managed. Read the article here.

Screen Time And The Brain: Expert Advice On Electronic Addiction And Teaching Kids Healthy Tech Habits

Protect Young Minds interviews Dr. Christy Kane to talk about how electronic impact the neurotransmitters in the brain and how to mitigate developing an addiction to electronics. Watch or read the interview here.

New Research Suggests Parents Should Limit Screen Media For Preschoolers

New research from University of California, Davis, suggests that parents should delay introducing their children to any screen media, as well as limit preschool-age children’s use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Read the article here.