In Episode #62, we hear from Dr. Belinda Pletzer of Salzburg University about the surprising effects of oral contraception on brain structure. Although Dr. Pletzer is careful to note that – because further research is in order – “The Pill” shouldn’t necessarily be considered cognitively beneficial or detrimental, her findings nonetheless merit some thought. Especially considering that approximately 100 million women worldwide are taking The Pill on a daily basis!
We’ll also find out why the Federal Trade Commission is enforcing new requirements for how “brain games” are advertized, and take a look at an alternative hypothesis for the cause of addiction.
|0:31||What do contraceptive pills have to do with cognition?|
|1:41||This Week in Neuroscience: Federal Trade Commission Cracking Down On "Brain Game" Claims|
|3:36||iTunes Review thank-you|
|4:58||Follow-up question (and answer!) from Episode #60: Blood Work With Dr. Alexis Shields|
|6:54||Thanks to Dante for "The Pill" topic suggestion|
|7:49||The accidental way this study began, and the differences found in the participants' brains|
|9:04||Androgenic vs anti-androgenic contraceptives and their opposite effects on the body and brain structure|
|12:33||What does "an increase in gray matter" actually mean?|
|13:36||The parts of the brain that have shown to be most affected by "The Pill", and what the fusiform gyrus is used for|
|15:07||How oral contraceptives affect facial recognition|
|16:36||Dr. Pletzer's thoughts on the need for bigger data sets and more comprehensive studies on the topic|
|18:16||Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think|
|22:20||Episode #63 teaser|