The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults Author Frances E. Jensen
ISBN-10 0062067850
ISBN-13 9780062067852
Year 2016-01-26
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Harper Paperbacks
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Drawing on her research knowledge and clinical experience internationally respected neurologistand mother of two boysFrances 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 oneonly 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 weve 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 brainsand behaviorsof 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