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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.
©2015 Frances E. Jensen with Amy Ellis Nutt (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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By papa k on 02-02-17

Every page, another connection, more compassion

I am the father of eight children (ages 22-8). I am currently raising 4 teens and two twenties (plus 11,8). I am also an adjunct college professor, a faith formation teacher of 58 sophomores, and a high school soccer head coach with 41 boys. Every minute of this audible book was insightful. More than critique, which rarely has an impact on true transformation of any human of any age, we need to help the person under our guidance understand the "why". Ultimately the "why" feeds our "deepest yes" in life. Dr Jensen's work does not dislocate personal responsibility to the growing understanding of neuroscience , but rather, encourages and empowers us to engage our teens and young adults with compassion. In other words, we can say with honest trust in the goodness of developing people, "I know you want to do this right (morally, effectively, meaningfully, developmentally), but here are the challenges you are facing. Stick with it. You will overcome." Thank you Dr Jensen for your important work. Highly recommend to anyone interested in living a more compassionate life.

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By endlessemma on 05-16-16

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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