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.
What do contraceptive pills have to do with cognition?
This Week in Neuroscience: Federal Trade Commission Cracking Down On "Brain Game" Claims
iTunes Review thank-you
Follow-up question (and answer!) from Episode #60: Blood Work With Dr. Alexis Shields
Thanks to Dante for "The Pill" topic suggestion
The accidental way this study began, and the differences found in the participants' brains
Androgenic vs anti-androgenic contraceptives and their opposite effects on the body and brain structure
What does "an increase in gray matter" actually mean?
The parts of the brain that have shown to be most affected by "The Pill", and what the fusiform gyrus is used for
How oral contraceptives affect facial recognition
Dr. Pletzer's thoughts on the need for bigger data sets and more comprehensive studies on the topic
Ruthless Listener-Retention Gimmick: The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think
Episode #63 teaser