The Teenage Brain

  • by Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Frances E. Jensen
  • 9 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Preachy and Uninformative

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.
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- endlessemma

A MUST read for all people who have or know teens

If you could sum up The Teenage Brain in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, brilliant, valuable

Who was your favorite character and why?


Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert and Frances E. Jensen ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You're not crazy and they are not aliens

Any additional comments?

I loved this book so much that I have recommended it to EVERYONE I talk to.

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- amy degraffenreid

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio