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Teenagers are a uniquely human phenomenon; other animals skip this phase altogether, developing rapidly from infancy to adulthood. At no other time in our lives do our physical and social attributes change so dramatically. Teenagers seem to live in a world of their own design and creation—a world summed up best with one very commonly used word: "Whatever!" We all know the clichés, but are teens just designed to defy? Or is this latest batch of Australian teenagers really a "new teen order"? Whatever! The Science of Teens is a five-part series which explores the science that drives adolescent behavior. The science is explained by Australia's leading scientific and behavioral experts, who comment along the way and conduct some unusual but always enlightening experiments. In each episode we meet actual Australian teenagers. By dissecting their lives, we attempt to illustrate the biology behind the bad behavior. And it's not simply a matter of raging hormones; our teens also act as "lab rats" for experiments that bring the science to life. Our presenter Steve Cannane documents the teens in their natural habitats: at the beach, the mall, the skate park or wild parties. Steve also takes part in many of our "left field" experiments by acting as the adult comparison. If you believe what you read, the current generation of Aussie adolescents is the wildest yet. It seems they're having more sex than ever before, they're taking bigger risks, their emotions are frazzled, they binge-drink at every given opportunity, they sleep all day or are otherwise glued to their mobile phones or video games. In this series we explore the latest science that's shedding light on why our cute and cuddly kids transform into these teen terrors. For years we've just put adolescent attitude down to surging hormones, but not anymore. The most recent research is proving that teen behavior is actually a product of intricate and complex biological processes that all serve a purpose in the "bigger picture." It may be a difficult time of life, but it really is a matter of “no pain, no gain.”
Length: 150 minutes
Copyright date: ©2009
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