Episode 35: The Psychology of Extreme Sports

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Time for a little fun. I know you’ve asked yourself this question: why do people engage in those dangerous extreme sports like hang gliding, bungee jumping and rock climbing? Would you believe it might have something to do with neurotransmitters and something called Monoamine Oxidase? In this video episode we learn about Sensation Seekers. Along the way I discuss how SSRI‘s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) function in the synapse. Come along for the ride.

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Episode 24: The Brains Behind Erikson Part 2

Diagram of neuron with arrows but no labels. M...Image via Wikipedia What is happening in your brain as you progress through life? In this episode we take a look at some of the changes that occur in your brain from birth to age 12. Be sure to listen to part 3 of this series, which is episode 25.

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  • Discover Magazine had a wonderful special issue devoted specifically to the brain called “The Brain: An Owner’s Manual.” It appeared on June 30, 2007. Click here to go to the Discover Website. Look under the “Mind & Brain” tab for lots of other psychology related resources.
  • If you’d like to manipulate the brain itself virtually, check out this site.

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