Drawing on her research, knowledge, and clinical experience, internationally respected neurologist--and mother of two boys--Frances E. Jensen, MD, offers a revolutionary look at the adolescent brain, providing remarkable insights that translate into practical advice both for parents and teenagers.
Driven by the assumption that brain growth was almost complete by the time a child reached puberty, scientists believed for many years that the adolescent brain was essentially an adult one--only with fewer miles on it. Over the last decade, however, neurology and neuroscience have revealed that the teen years encompass vitally important stages of brain development.
Motivated by her experience of parenting two teenagers, renowned neurologist Frances E. Jensen, MD, gathers what we've discovered about adolescent brain functioning and wiring and, in this groundbreaking, accessible audiobook, explains how these eye-opening findings not only dispel commonly held myths about teens but also yield practical suggestions for adults and teenagers negotiating the mysterious and magical world of adolescent biology.
Interweaving clear summary and analysis of research data with anecdotes drawn from her years as a clinician, researcher, and public speaker, Dr. Jensen explores adolescent brain functioning and development in the context of learning and multitasking, stress and memory, sleep, addiction, and decision making. Examining data connecting substance use to lingering memory issues and sometimes a lower adult IQ, The Teenage Brain explains why teenagers are not as resilient to the effects of drugs as we previously thought; reveals how multitasking impacts learning ability and concentration; and examines the consequences of stress on mental health during and beyond adolescence.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2015 Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
A lot of self-congratulations in this book, and a lot of reassurance that teenagers aren't an alien species. Yes, we get it. They are not aliens.
If you've heard her interview with Teri Gross (on FreshAir), there's no more scientific content in the book. You've heard it all - and for free. Don't waste time and credits on this one.
Insightful, brilliant, valuable
You're not crazy and they are not aliens
I loved this book so much that I have recommended it to EVERYONE I talk to.
A lot of the advice on how to act on her findings is terrible. But the information itself is really top notch.
Parents and those with an interest in the study of the brain will get a lot out of this book. Jensen presents the information in an easy-to-understand and engaging way. Lots of food for thought here. I didn't care for the narrator at all. She was too breathy and really over-enunciated everything. Is it really pronounced "neeeeeerohscience"? Took me a few hours to get used to her voice. Almost bailed on the audio version but didn't have time to read the book right now.
not what I expected. full of everyday statistics, gossip and baseless anecdotes. No solutions. Author tells you to just talk to ur kids and convince them to have a "tasks list". Really???
Not likely. I found it very hard to get over the very pompous voice performance. I don't know how much I actually got from this book because of this huge distraction. I think I'll reread on my Kindle.
We must be patient with our half-brained teens!
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