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.
In this groundbreaking, accessible book, 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 IQ.
- Multitasking 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.
Rigorous yet accessible, warm yet direct, The
Teenage Brain sheds new light on young adults and provides practical suggestions for how parents, schools, and even the legal system can better help them during this crucial period.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Jane Jacobs is a voice-over artist who can be heard in dozens of animated films, audiobooks, commercials, and promotional materials.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations xi
Introduction: Being Teen 1
1 Entering the Teen Years 14
2 Building a Brain 24
3 Under the Microscope 47
4 Learning: A Job for the Teen Brain 65
5 Sleep 86
6 Taking Risks 103
7 Tobacco 115
8 Alcohol 125
9 Pot 141
10 Hard-Core Drugs 159
11 Stress 170
12 Mental Illness 183
13 The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain 205
14 Gender Matters 226
15 Sports and Concussions 238
16 Crime and Punishment 254
17 Beyond Adolescence: It's Not Over Yet 278
Postscript: Final Thoughts 289
Selected Bibliography 319
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book and thought in was so insightful into how a teenager brain works that I bought more copies to give to my children. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a better understanding of why a teenager does dangerous, stupid things.