David Bainbridge on the teenage brain…

This is my favourite podcast – brilliant for a neurological swim in the deep end!

In episode 63, David Bainbridge – veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University – turns his attention to the machinations of the teenage brain.  The focus of the episode is on how the brain changes during this crucial phase of development.

He discusses his book, Teenagers: A Natural History (which is excellent by the way!) and talks about why teenagers behave the way they do. He addresses the popular myth that teenagers are a relatively recent phenomenon, an offspring of modern developed societies, and locates the issue clearly inside the massive biological transition from childhood to adulthood that takes place during these years.

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Mysterious workings of the adolescent brain – TED talk…

http://www.ted.com/talks/sarah_jayne_blakemore_the_mysterious_workings_of_the_adolescent_brain.html

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain…

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