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Grade 8 - Advisory: March - Lesson 3 - Sleep and the Teenage Brain Continued

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

Suggested class progression

  • Revisit Sleep and the Teenage Brian
    • video - Sleep deprivation in teens
    • Discuss
  • Tips for a Better Sleep
    • video 
    • discuss
  • Brain tricks
    • video Brain Tricks - This is How Your Brain Works
  • The Internet and the Brain
    • video - What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
    • Discuss

Sleep Deprivation in Teens 2:20

Tips for a Better Sleep 2:00

Brains Are Like Computers 4:40

We speak of the brain’s processing speed, its storage capacity, its parallel circuits, inputs and outputs. The metaphor fails at pretty much every level: the brain doesn’t have a set memory capacity that is waiting to be filled up; it doesn’t perform computations in the way a computer does; and even basic visual perception isn’t a passive receiving of inputs because we actively interpret, anticipate and pay attention to different elements of the visual world.

There’s a long history of likening the brain to whatever technology is the most advanced, impressive and vaguely mysterious. Descartes compared the brain to a hydraulic machine. Freud likened emotions to pressure building up in a steam engine. The brain later resembled a telephone switchboard and then an electrical circuit before evolving into a computer; lately it’s turning into a Web browser or the Internet. These metaphors linger in clichés: emotions put the brain “under pressure” and some behaviors are thought to be “hard-wired.” Speaking of which...

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains 3:53

Most of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think, how we work, and it even changes our brains.