There are endless questions we could ask about how the brain works. A particularly interesting one: what’s unique about the brain during adolescence? During adolescence our brains are wired differently than adult brains will be – and for good reason. In adolescence our brains are in a process of development – so we’re less inhibited, allowing us to take the risks we need to learn about the world. In addition, the difference in brain physiology has other ramifications on behavior and needs. Ignoring them can make life more difficult for kids and parents.
Archives for January 2014
Solving the Texas energy crunch….judges consider Texas abortion rules….electronic dance promoter Learning Secrets celebrates 10 years. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!
We kicked off the new year with a game show twist! KUT’s Ben Philpott and Texas Tribune’s Reeve Hamilton host contestants: Meredith Walker of Amy
Poehler’s Smart Girls and Kevin Russell of Shinyribs for an evening that will test your Texas savvy and tickle your funny bone!
A conversation with Angela Burt-Murray, talk show host, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, and co-founder and editorial director of Cocoa Media Group and lifestyle website cocoafab.com.
Are you an auditory learner or a visual learner? If you answered “yes” you would be right. That’s because we use all our senses to learn and process information. In this edition of Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke dispel the myths behind learning styles preferences: they don’t really exist. Our reliance on the theories of learning styles to explain our success or failure of understanding certain information is actually serving our human need to put things into categories – combined with our need to explain things when they don’t work.
Angry North Texans protest earthquakes to oil and gas regulators….getting low income kids back in class….and where in the world is Texas Congressman Steve Stockman? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!
An interview with the late John S. Chase, the first African American to enroll in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, and the first licensed black architect in the state of Texas.
Candidates for Texas governor rake in cash…..legalizing marijuana in Texas….drinking through Dripping Springs. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend.
As human beings, we are, in fact, creatures. Like any other living organism, energy conservation is of highest priority to our vibrant being, whether we are consciously aware of that fact and its influence over our behavior or not. So, how does that affect our decisions in life? In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss two great minds in psychology, and the founders of Behavioral Economics, Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.
A tribute to the late civil rights leader, featuring archival audio of his speeches and funeral, and remembrances from the Honorable Andrew Young and President Barack Obama.
The idea that money doesn’t make you happy is easy to get behind if you have it, but if you don’t it can be a hard concept to buy into (pun intended). Yet the correlation between money and happiness is more complicated then one might think. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke explain the relationship between money, security, opportunity, memory, and happiness.
Teen pregnancy in Dove Springs….helping seniors cope with depression…and can Texas save Sriracha sauce? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!
Former UT and NBA basketball player looks back on a successful yet injury-ridden career in basketball, and his induction into the University of Texas Men’s Athletics Hall of Honor.
Why is it hard to have just one of those delicious slices of pound cake over the holidays? Well, it turns out it has less to do with the creamy butter and more to do with the way our brains react to those sweet white grains of sugar. In this edition of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke discuss the ways our brains respond to sugar by releasing dopamine. While we may think this dopamine is supposed to make us feel good, what the chemicals in our brains are trying to do is to teach us that this sugar is a good thing and that we want more of it for our survival. This might have been beneficial to us 150,000 years ago, but with sweets in every candy dish, gas station and coffee shop, craving sugar has its consequences.
Rash of earthquake frustrates North Texans near drilling sites…German heritage lingers in Central Texas…Flood victims start the new year rebuilding. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend! Subscribe at https://weekend.kut.org.