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Pandemic Problem: Young Brains Getting Older Fast

Episode Summary

Where's the party? For Millennials and Gen-Z, it's not in politics. They are way more likely to say they're independents than members of older generations. Then, we're talking to the co-author of a new study that shows teen brains have aged during the pandemic far faster than normal. And, we end with a poll from the late 1940's when nuclear power was an exciting option for...powering airplanes?

Episode Notes

Even as Americans in general have slowly moved away from identifying as either a Democrat or Republican over the past couple of decades, younger voters are already there. In fact, Millennials are bucking a trend among Boomers and members of the Silent Generation who’ve become less likely to be independents as they age – Millennials have become continuously more likely to identify as independents.

Then, a recent study from Stanford published in the journal Biological Psychiatry: Global Open Science found the stress of living through the pandemic physically changed adolescents' brains and prematurely aged them by at least three or four years. So, it appears that the pandemic not only adversely affected adolescents’ mental health, but also accelerated their brain maturation. These findings have critical implications for researchers who are conducting longitudinal studies that were interrupted due to pandemic-related shutdowns. Our special guest is Dr. Ian H. Gotlib (@GotlibLab) from Stanford University who is a co-author of the study.

We finish up with Lee's Fun Fact from 1949 when Americans had high hopes for the Atomic Age.