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L ages we know that this isn't so Professor Sarah Jayne Blake one of the world's leading researchers into adolescent neurology explains precisely what is going on in the complex and fascinating brains of teenagers namely that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence with profound implications for the adults these young people will becomeDrawing from cutting edge research including her own Blake showsHow an adolescent. The very nerve centre of the human body is the brain Its input is our senses the memory helps us to learn from mistakes and controls the reactions that are needed For hundreds of years the brain has been a mystery to all that studied it but only in the past few decades have we begun to scratch the surface of its capabilities Even that is unravelling those that thought as puberty begun the human brain was developed have been proved wrong The brain continues to change and adapt all through the teenage years and into adulthoodIn this excellent book on why the teenage brain is different Sarah Jayne Blake professor in cognitive neuroscience at University College London takes us into the untidy spaces within their heads to share the latest details of what is going on From her experiments that her team have in researching the brain we will learn about why they take risks why some friendships can be so intense why some behave badly and others won t talk This time of our lives is when we can enormously creative and also destructive a lot of mental health issues raise their head for the first time ever in teenagersAs the father of two teenage daughters and one almost teenage son there are a lot of things that I can relate to that she talks about in here The brain is at a critical point in its development in teenage years and is susceptible to all sort of external stresses Some of these can be positive but there are a lot that have negative implications Like all good science books it makes you think and even though this is about our most complex organ the prose sparkles with energy and is written with clarity Well worth reading and a worthy winner of the Royal Science Award

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Inventing Ourselves

A tour through the groundbreaking science behind the enigmatic but crucial brain developments of adolescence and how those translate into teenage behavior The brain creates every feeling emotion and desire we experience and stores every one of our memories And yet until very recently scientists believed our brains were fully developed from childhood on Now thanks to imaging technology that enables us to look inside the living human brain at al. Informative book Neuroscientist Sarah Jayne Blake delves into the physiological reasons for the common habits and risk taking behaviors of our teenage children Clearly adolescents are in a transformative period The brain of the adolescent is in fact not yet the same as the brain of an adult which helps to explain some of their social behaviors and inability to properly evaluate risk and repercussions This book offers an insightful view on how and why we can expect certain behaviors from middle schoolers and high schoolers This is a great read for parents teachers and those who work with children I received an advanced reader copy provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley which did not affect my rating I have provided an unbiased and honest review

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Brain differs from those of children and adultsWhy problem free kids can turn into challenging teensWhat drives the excessive risk taking and all consuming relationships common among teenagersAnd why many mental illnesses depression addiction schizophrenia present during these formative yearsBlake's discoveries have transformed our understanding of the teenage mind with conseuences for law education policy and practice and most of all parents. Inventing Ourselves by Sarah Jayne Blake is an excellent basic neuroscience primer for people with a little exposure to topic On the surface it may seem a little daunting due to the amount of research that is cited for the lay person but Blake makes the information accessible to anyone that is interested in the subject by not over using neuroscience jargon and clearly defining all terms that are needed The book gives you a good overall view of the subject by devoting its first few chapters to providing a basic background on the psychosocial and developmental issues that adolescents face The next few chapters detail some of the different structures in the brain what those structures do tools used to examine the living brain MRI fMRI PET Scan the differences between the brains of children adolescents and adults and the implications of those differences The lasts chapters delve into implications of the developing brain and rates of development what can happen when things go wrong research and implications and possible interpretations of that research A few of the topics I found most interesting 1 How individuals vary on the rate at which different structures in the brain develop and what the implications those different rates may have not only on risk taking behavior of the individual but what that may mean for the individual when they are an adult prefrontal cortex rate of development compared to the rate of development of the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens2 The type of marketing and messages that teenagers are likely to respond to based on the fact that they are less impacted by fear of adverse conseuences than adults3 The research on how brains develop differently in people with different mental conditions like schizophrenia depression anxiety etc 4 The effects of sleep deprivation on teenager s brains5 Possible improvements that could be made to our educational system based on their specific developmental needsIn short this book is an excellent resource for parents frantically trying to understand their children educators other professions that deal with teenagers or to those interested in neuroscience The author is very knowledgeable and takes a compassionate view of people going through the formative period of lifeI received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Inventing Ourselves

  1. says:

    This award winning book is written by a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the UCL who specialises in the developing brain of adolescence defined as the period from the onset of puberty through to when an individual takes a stable independent role in societyShe along with other researchers have taken advantage of the use of MRI scans to u

  2. says:

    Whenever I finish a great non fiction book I realise too late that I should have been taking notes while reading it Otherwise when I reach the end I feel like starting it all over again This is exactly what happened with “Inventing

  3. says:

    Informative book Neuroscientist Sarah Jayne Blake delves into the physiological reasons for the common habits and risk taking behaviors of our teenage children Clearly adolescents are in a transformative period The brain of the adolescent is in fact not yet the same as the brain of an adult which helps to explain some of their social behaviors and inability to properly evaluate risk and repercussions This book offers an

  4. says:

    Inventing Ourselves The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain is summery of the up to date scientific research on teenage brain development In my opinion it's far better than The Teenage Brain You probably remember how your parents embarrassed you when you were a teen Well that's normal teenagers have a strong sense of embarrassment Don't take it personally next time your kids think you are an embarrassment even though you

  5. says:

    The very nerve centre of the human body is the brain Its input is our senses the memory helps us to learn from mistakes and controls the reactions that are needed For hundreds of years the brain has been a mystery to all that studied it but only in the past few decades have we begun to scratch the surface of its capabilities Even that is unravelling; those that thought as puberty begun the human brain was developed have been prove

  6. says:

    There was so much to enjoy in this book because it was easy to read and understand it seems like Blake truly wan

  7. says:

    Inventing Ourselves by Sarah Jayne Blake is an excellent basic neuroscience primer for people with a little exposure to topic On the surface it may seem a little daunting due to the amount of research that is cited

  8. says:

    This is a very informative non fiction novel on the adolescent brain However it is academic in tone and it discusses and r

  9. says:

    I got a bit bogged down in the names abbreviations for the parts of the brain as well as the details about how each study was carried out but there are some helpful bits for thinking about how to deal with adolescents empathetically and why we should do so That brain is still changing and growing Actually it neve

  10. says:

    To preface this I am not someone who often reads sciencey things I wouldn't say I'm a clever person I picked this up because I work

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