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Directed by Emmy-Nominated director Tiffany Shlain and executive produced by Goldie Hawn and MindUP, The Teen Brain is a 10-min film that explores what's happening in the teenage brain, illuminating that teenagers are emotionally brilliant super-learners with brains that are undergoing rapid and significant remodeling and development.  Based on the latest research on adolescence, and showcasing both teens and doctors and psychologists, The Teen Brain offers tools to stay balanced and navigate the powerful adolescent years. 


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Our core research for The Teen Brain came from Ellen Galinsky's new book The Breakthrough Years, as well as other neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors and researchers all listed below in the credits. Here are some of their books.  



Directed by Tiffany Shlain

Executive Produced by Goldie Hawn and MindUP

Written by Tiffany Shlain, Sawyer Steele, and Jenny Traig


Produced by Sawyer Steele and Tiffany Shlain


Animations by Una Lorenzen

Edited by Arne Johnson and Sawyer Steele

Interviews by Arne Johnson and Tiffany Shlain

Sound Design and Mix: Dave Nelson, Outpost Studios

Dialogue Editing: Miik Dinko


Camera: Shane King

Color Correction: Robert Arnold

Animated Brain Artwork: Norman Galinsky

A huge thank you to the teens who contributed their wisdom and insights:

Aafiya Shaik
Ahmed Othman
Anna Kornfeld
Blooma Goldberg
Caspar Cheung
Charles Miles
Claire Cameron
Desmond Isaias Bekele
G Gershoni
Gabriel Stern

Haraldur Johnson
Imani Joy Jarldin Hartsough Jacqueline Wong
Jason Tan

Joshua Soriano
Katelyn Wong
Kathy Zhao
Kenneth Hernandez
Kit Kulina
Lucy Bues
Marianne Irving
Maya Windholm
Maya Dostal
Mia Issa
Natalie Martinez
Sanaa Green
Solenne Jackson
Stephanie Sertana

And the adolescent psychologists, doctors, and researchers who contributed their expertise.

Brian Galla, PhD
Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology Research Scientist at
University of Pittsburgh School of Education


Cara Natterrson, MD

Pediatrician, author, founder of Order of Magnitude

Dan Siegel, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and founding co-director of Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA School of Medicine


Ed Harrold

Author, educator specializing in breath work

Ellen Galinsky, MS

Author and President of Families and Work Institute (FWI),
Author of The Breakthrough Years: A New Scientific Framework for Raising Thriving Teens


James Doty, MD

Adjunct Professor, Medicine, Stanford  


Jessica Colvin MSW, MPH, PPSC

Founder, SWELL - Schools Well; TUHSD Wellness Director

Expert leader in developing School Wellness Centers


Ken Ginsburg, MD, MSEd

Founding Director of Center for Parent Teen Communication 
Professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Author of Congrats You're Having A Teen!: Strengthen Your Family and Raise a Good Person


Lisa Damour, PhD
Clinical psychologist and author specializing in the development of adolescent girls, Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University

Author of The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

McKenna Becker

Writer, researcher, and consultant for brain injury survivors


Michael Rich MD, MPH

Director & Founder, Digital Wellness Lab and Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital; Author of The Mediatrician's Guide: A Joyful Approach to Raising Healthy, Smart, Kind Kids in a Screen-Saturated World


Rhana Hashemi, PhD Candidate
PhD student in Social Psychology at Stanford University Founder of Know Drugs



Richard J. Davidson, PhD

Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ronald Dahl, MD

Professor in the Community Health Sciences/Joint Medical Program UC Berkeley School of Public Health; Founding Director Center for the Developing Adolescent


Sophia Yen, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at  Stanford University


Vanessa Kroll Bennett

Eduacator, Author of This Is So Awkward 


Velma McBride Murry, PhD

University Distinguished Professor of Human and Organizational Development,

Vanderbilt University


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