The Teenage Brain

 
9780007448357: The Teenage Brain

Drawing on her research knowledge and clinical experience, internationally respected neurologist--and mother of two boys--Frances E. Jensen, M.D., offers a revolutionary look at the science of the adolescent brain, providing remarkable insights that translate into practical advice for both parents and teenagers.

Driven by the assumption that brain growth was pretty much complete by the time a child began kindergarten, scientists believed for years that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult one--only with fewer miles on it. Over the last decade, however, the scientific community has learned that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development.

Motivated by her personal experience of parenting two teenage boys, renowned neurologist Dr. Frances E. Jensen gathers what we've discovered about adolescent brain functioning, wiring, and capacity and, in this groundbreaking, accessible book, explains how these eye-opening findings not only dispel commonly held myths about the teenage years, but also yield practical suggestions that will help adults and teenagers negotiate the mysterious world of adolescent neurobiology.

Interweaving clear summary and analysis of research data with anecdotes drawn from her years as a parent, clinician, and public speaker, Dr. Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the contexts of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision-making.

Rigorous yet accessible, warm yet direct, The Teenage Brain sheds new light on the brains--and behaviors--of adolescents and young adults, and analyzes this knowledge to share specific ways in which parents, educators, and even the legal system can help them navigate their way more smoothly into adulthood.

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Why is it that the behaviour of teenagers can be so odd? As they grow older, young children steadily improve their sense of how to behave, and then all of a sudden, they can become totally uncommunicative, wildly emotional and completely unpredictable.

We used to think that erratic teenage behaviour 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’ behaviour, 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 judgement, concentration, organization and emotional and behavioural 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 behaviour 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 weather the storms of adolescence, and get the most out of their incredible brains.

Review:

"Frances Jensen has brilliantly translated academic science and clinical studies.... A 'must read' for parents, teachers, school nurses, and many others who live with or interact with teens."--S. Jean Emans, MD. Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Marvelous . Dr. Jensen uses her considerable expertise as a neuroscientist and a mother to explain the recent explosion of adolescent brain research and how this research can help us better understand and help young people. --Carol A. Ford, M.D. President, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania; and Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia."

Frances Jensen has brilliantly translated academic science and clinical studies . A must read for parents, teachers, school nurses, and many others who live with or interact with teens. --S. Jean Emans, MD. Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School"

At moments of extreme exasperation, parents may think that there s something wrong with their teenagers brains. Which, according to recent books on adolescence, there is . [Jensen] offers a parenting guide laced with the latest MRI studies . Packed with charts and statistics. --Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker"

It s charming to see good science translate directly into good parenting. --New York Times Book Review"

Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and single mother of two boys. . . delved into the emerging science of the adolescent brain [and] came out with provocative new insights for parents, educators, public policymakers and teens themselves. --Washington Post"

Why s your child so self-absorbed? Give him time, writes neurologist Jensen: Empathy comes with age. --Good Housekeeping"

Meticulously documented and reported, the studies offer proof that it s not just parents who think their teenagers don t quite have it all together. --Kirkus Reviews"

A captivating chapter, The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain, calls attention to computer craving and adolescent addiction to the Internet. [A] sensible, scientific, and stimulating book. --Booklist"

Recommended for readers who enjoyed Laurence Steinberg s Age of Opportunity. --Library Journal (starred review)"

A valuable resource for parents, youth workers, educators, and anyone involved with teens in any way. The book is engaging, understandable, and extremely informative. --New York Journal of Books"

This well-written, accessible work surveys recent research into the adolescent brain. Chapter by chapter, Jensen covers essential topics .Speaking as one parent to another, she offers support and a way for parents to understand and relate. --Publishers Weekly"

"At moments of extreme exasperation, parents may think that there's something wrong with their teenagers' brains. Which, according to recent books on adolescence, there is.... [Jensen] offers a parenting guide laced with the latest MRI studies.... Packed with charts and statistics."--Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

"It's charming to see good science translate directly into good parenting."--New York Times Book Review

"Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and single mother of two boys. . . delved into the emerging science of the adolescent brain [and] came out with provocative new insights for parents, educators, public policymakers and teens themselves."--Washington Post

"Why's your child so self-absorbed? Give him time, writes neurologist Jensen: Empathy comes with age."--Good Housekeeping

"Meticulously documented and reported, the studies offer proof that it's not just parents who think their teenagers don't quite have it all together."--Kirkus Reviews

"A captivating chapter, 'The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain, ' calls attention to computer craving and adolescent addiction to the Internet.... [A] sensible, scientific, and stimulating book."--Booklist

"Recommended for readers who enjoyed Laurence Steinberg's Age of Opportunity."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A valuable resource for parents, youth workers, educators, and anyone involved with teens in any way. The book is engaging, understandable, and extremely informative."--New York Journal of Books

"Marvelous.... Dr. Jensen uses her considerable expertise as a neuroscientist and a mother to explain the recent explosion of adolescent brain research and how this research can help us better understand and help young people."--Carol A. Ford, M.D. President, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania; and Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"This well-written, accessible work surveys recent research into the adolescent brain....Chapter by chapter, Jensen covers essential topics....Speaking as one parent to another, she offers support and a way for parents to understand and relate."--Publishers Weekly

-At moments of extreme exasperation, parents may think that there's something wrong with their teenagers' brains. Which, according to recent books on adolescence, there is.... [Jensen] offers a parenting guide laced with the latest MRI studies.... Packed with charts and statistics.---Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker

-It's charming to see good science translate directly into good parenting.---New York Times Book Review

-Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and single mother of two boys. . . delved into the emerging science of the adolescent brain [and] came out with provocative new insights for parents, educators, public policymakers and teens themselves.---Washington Post

-Why's your child so self-absorbed? Give him time, writes neurologist Jensen: Empathy comes with age.---Good Housekeeping

-Meticulously documented and reported, the studies offer proof that it's not just parents who think their teenagers don't quite have it all together.---Kirkus Reviews

-A captivating chapter, 'The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain, ' calls attention to computer craving and adolescent addiction to the Internet.... [A] sensible, scientific, and stimulating book.---Booklist

-Recommended for readers who enjoyed Laurence Steinberg's Age of Opportunity.---Library Journal (starred review)

-A valuable resource for parents, youth workers, educators, and anyone involved with teens in any way. The book is engaging, understandable, and extremely informative.---New York Journal of Books

-Marvelous.... Dr. Jensen uses her considerable expertise as a neuroscientist and a mother to explain the recent explosion of adolescent brain research and how this research can help us better understand and help young people.---Carol A. Ford, M.D. President, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania; and Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

-Frances Jensen has brilliantly translated academic science and clinical studies.... A 'must read' for parents, teachers, school nurses, and many others who live with or interact with teens.---S. Jean Emans, MD. Chief, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

-This well-written, accessible work surveys recent research into the adolescent brain....Chapter by chapter, Jensen covers essential topics....Speaking as one parent to another, she offers support and a way for parents to understand and relate.---Publishers Weekly

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