ISBN 9780007448357,The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain



HarperCollins India

Publication Year 2015

ISBN 9780007448357

ISBN-10 000744835X


Number of Pages 384 Pages
Language (English)


We used to think that erratic teenage behavior was due to a sudden surge in hormones, but modern neuroscience shows us that this isn't true. The Teenage Brain is a journey through the new discoveries that show us exactly what happens to the brain in this crucial period, how it dictates teenagers behavior and how the experiences of our teenage years are what shape our attitudes and often our happiness in later life.

Many of our ideas about our growing brains are completely re-written. They don't stop developing at the end of our teens-they keep adapting until we are in our mid-twenties. They are wired back to front, with the most important parts, the parts that we associate with good judgment,concentration, organization and emotional and behavioral control being connected last of all. The Teenage brain is a powerful animal primed for learning, but this creates problems. Addiction is a form of learning and Frances Jensen, Professor of Pediatric Neurology at the teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School reveals exactly what lies behind all aspects of teenage behavior and its lasting effects-from drugs, lack of sleep and smoking to multi-tasking and stress. As a mother and a scientist, Professor Jensen offers both exciting science and practical suggestions for how parents, teens and schools can help teenagers whether the storms of adolescence and get the most out of their incredible brains.

About the Author

Frances E. Jensen, M. D. is a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Associate in Neurology at Childrens Hospital Boston. She is an internationally-known expert in neurology and the teenage brain. She directs a host of public and privately funded clinical research projects and consults both for the media and the government on matters of adolescent neurology.

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