The Teenage Brain

The Teenage Brain

A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Book - 2015
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"An internationally respected neurologist offers a revolutionary look at the brains of adolescents, providing surprising insights--including why smart kids often do stupid things--and practical advice for adults and teens. Dr. Frances E. Jensen, a mother, teacher, researcher, and internationally known expert in neurology, introduces us to the mystery and magic of the teen brain. One of the first books to focus exclusively on the neurological development of adolescents, The Teenage Brain presents new findings, dispels widespread myths, and provides practical suggestions for negotiating this difficult and dynamic life stage for both adults and adolescents. Interweaving easy-to-follow scientific data with anecdotes drawn from her experiences as a parent, clinician, and public speaker, Dr. Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development, including learning and memory, and investigates the impact of influences such as drugs, multitasking, sleep, and stress. The Teenage Brain reveals how: adolescents may not be as resilient to the effects of drugs as we previously thought ; occasional use of marijuana has been shown to cause lingering memory problems, and long-term use can affect later adulthood I.Q. ; multi-tasking causes divided attention and can reduce learning ability ; emotionally stressful situations in adolescence can have permanent effects on mental health, and may lead to higher risk for certain neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
Characteristics: xvii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062067845
Call Number: 612.64 JENSEN


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Dec 18, 2019

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Jun 19, 2018

The book is pretty good, although a lot of the information is still speculative (based on correlation with only theoretical causations). The author provides an understandable overview of the neurological development of the adolescent brain, along with descriptions of behavioral patterns and cognitive limitations that are driven by the brain's physiology.

The author writes "as a mother and as a neurologist" and that hierarchy has informed her conclusions. Her ongoing sexism is mildly annoying; most of the examples of sexual dimorphism included an example of why girls are better.

I found this book to be helpful and informative.

Dec 12, 2017

This book was recommended to parents by our teen's high school 2 years ago. As a parent of 2 teens, I found this book to be very informative and enlightening.

Mar 13, 2015

More interesting for the science than the advice, which is pretty conventional. But I learned a lot about brains.


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