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The Teenage Brain

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 13 May 2013

Teenage behaviour has always been something of a mystery to parents. Now, as Edi Stark discovers, neuroscience is telling us more than we've ever known about what goes on inside the teenage brain.

Up until recently the focus has largely been on the early years, which are certainly vital in shaping our adult lives. But there's now a growing understanding that our teenage experiences can also be crucial. During puberty we'll make the connections and develop the mindset we'll have as adults. Edi explores what can be done to encourage a positive mindset in our teenagers and challenges some of the cliches around teenage behaviour.

  • Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan

    Nicola Morgan is a writer who has interpreted the new research on the teenage brain in her book for teenagers ‘Blame My Brain’ (which is due to be re-released on the 30 May).

    Nicola Morgan's official website
  • Howard Sercombe

    Howard Sercombe

    Howard Sercombe is Professor of Community Education at Strathclyde Uni – his background is in youth work.

    Howard Sercombe's staff profile
  • Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, who also specialises in the teenage brain.

    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's official website

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