The Teenage Brain A Neuroscientist s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults 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 fo

  • Title: The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Author: Frances E. Jensen Amy Ellis Nutt
  • ISBN: 9780062067845
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 uAn 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 I.Q Multi tasking 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.

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    1. I read this because I teach 7th grade and I'm teaching a research writing unit on brain development - so unlike my few other 1-star reviews, I actually read the whole thing.I'll paraphrase each chapter for you: "My children are great. Here's some science. Here's a completely unresearched anecdote I heard from somebody that relates to the science. My children are great because I talked to them. I'm great. Also, drugs are bad mmmkay."I'd also suggest an alternate title: The Upper-Middle Class Teen [...]

    2. This is a book about trying to understand adolescent behavior by learning about adolescent brain development. She cites a number of studies and includes anecdotes from her life as well as her acquaintances'. It began with a general overview about how brains develop in the adolescent years and how teen brains are very different from adult brains. Then she dove into a DARE-esque portion where she gave as many reasons as she could why drug use is a terrible idea for teens. Super interesting, if not [...]

    3. I'm a teacher switching grade levels, so I found this quite helpful, especially since I am a newcomer to much of the material. I found her explanations of what's physically going on in the brain throughout adolescence super helpful in making a foundation for the style of teaching I intend to adapt as I switch grade levels, and providing the immediate reference to point to if anyone has any questions as to why I do what I do. (I've since found a few other books that essentially say a lot of the s [...]

    4. Obviously every chapter in this book could have it's own book but the author pulls out just enough information on each topic to be helpful to parents and share some interesting anecdotal stories to illustrate the points presented.Certain chapters drew more of my attention. There's a history of alcoholism and mental illness in my family and so my fear that my children will at some point struggle with these issues may be higher than other parents. The neurological and statistical information in th [...]

    5. I heard about this up-to-date book about development and neuroscience of the adolescent brain on a radio interview. I would recommend the book because the research data is current and relevant and thought-provoking, but I found that the book was repetitive (links to the frontal lobe not yet developed) and provided too much case study about the primary author's own family. The book first provides an overview of brain biology and physiology and is then well-organized into chapters about topics suc [...]

    6. كتاب مهم في فهم عقلية المراهق يجب أن لا يخلو بيت فيه مراهق من هذا الكتاب حيث سيكتشف الأبوان أن مالا يعجبهما في تصرفات ابنهما المراهق ناتج عن اختلافات بيولوجية في ذهنه وأذهانهم

    7. I tried, I did. I just couldn't. Jensen knows a lot about Neuroscience. I believe her on that one. But I'm really concerned whether she actually paid attention to what she wrote here, or whether she (and/or her ghostwriter, if she had one) just summarized statistics from a powerpoint.It's a pity, because this could have been a really useful, interesting book about how our brains function and how they function on adolescence. But once she gets out of the functional parts, and into the parenting p [...]

    8. The question of whether my 14 year old son was a narcissistic pathological liar or was just experiencing immature teenage brain syndrome was running rampant through my mind as I wandered through Barnes and Noble last week when this book appeared on the New Reads table with what seemed divine intervention. I didn't even question the price- which is not the way I shop in a retail book store, ever. I found myself experiencing different opinions as I moved through the chapters. At first I was fascin [...]

    9. When I was pregnant with my fourth child, I saw a doctor who asked the ages of my older children and said, "You're going to have teenagers forever!" Even the thought of it clearly exhausted him, and I suspect he had at least one teenager himself.That said, I love teenagers. I love them more now than when I was one because I was someone whose asynchronous brain development made me make different teenage mistakes than were typical -- and I didn't have much sympathy for the typical ones.This book e [...]

    10. I skimmed this, so you can take my review with a grain of salt. However, I can say that it really seemed the author does not understand the difference between correlation and causality. Also, while she shares plenty of horror stories, and plenty of desperate letters that parents send to her, she has very few solutions or advice, other than "talk to your children." I was going that anyway, thanks very much.

    11. The author was interviewed on the KQED Forum show:Neuroscientist Explores the Contradictions of the Teen Brain .

    12. This is a good primer on the brain and its development through adolescence. There are chapters on sleep, stress, alcohol, sports and other relevant topics to navigating the world of being a teenager. The illustrations help the reader better comprehend the material. There is a lot of work cited based on animal experiments which is sometimes difficult to swallow. If you are sensitive to this issue, be aware. There isn't anything too graphic, but it is where a lot of the research thrives. This will [...]

    13. Terrifying. While the subtitle touts the book as a "survival guide" to teenagers, in reality the author gives very little advice other than "be involved." More than half of the book is devoted to discussing how teenagers' brains are more susceptible to addiction than adults' brains and then Ms. Jensen goes into detail about all the ways teenagers can ruin their lives forever: drugs, alcohol, sex/pornography, video games, etc.There's little help offered--"be involved" is hardly new advice. The me [...]

    14. You have to work pretty hard to screw up a pop science book, but this fails on all fronts: basic science (HS stuff) presented as new and complicated, useless anecdotes (one reads books by neurologists for science, not for crap like "I received an email from a parent who said their child was going crazy"), screaming privilege (I'm guessing not all readers know that feeling when you have a lesson with a tennis or golf pro and disappoint yourself when you play the next day), and a condescending aut [...]

    15. Completely terrifying. The author clearly details teens' increased susceptibility to tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, hard core drugs, stress, gambling, internet addiction, and concussion. In addition, she explains how neurological consequences of these dangers are magnified for adolescents. Basically, it's a wonder any of us lived into our twenties. My cortisol levels reached unhealthy levels while reading. Thank god I'm not pregnant, as I would have permanently damaged my fetus's brain, as Jensen [...]

    16. I love a good how-to parenting book, but this one offers more than the garden variety, and that's what makes it so compelling and helpful. Jensen raised two boys, and they've successfully lived through their teenage and young adult years, so that makes her a reliable source already. But she's also a brain researchers and clinician, and she has the scientific method in her hip pocket at all times, so this makes her doubly reliable in my book.What I found to be really helpful is learning about wha [...]

    17. While most of us understand the basics of puberty and the hormones that kick it into gear, this book delves into the biological details of this time of life. By presenting those particulars of brain chemistry and development, Jensen gives readers a better understanding of WHY teens and young adults behave the way they do. We spend so much time learning about infant and toddler development in order to help our children be the best they can be, we neglect this second highly impressionable developm [...]

    18. If you are the parent of or work with teens and pre-teens, you've had certainly had a moment (probably several) where you've wondered how your sweet child has turned into this strange person you hardly know anymore. Why on earth would they do this or that? What were they thinking? This book answers those questions. Frances Jensen is a neuroscientist and brings the latest research to a very accessible level. She explains the short and long-term effects of cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, internet usag [...]

    19. I'm a little wary to recommend this book - particularly if you're feeling vulnerable as a parent. It's long on doom and gloom and every single permutation of what can and does go wrong and a little light in it's recommendations and advice what one can do to prevent or suppress the most egregious of problems. For danger looms on every dimension from the obvious (drugs, sex, risk taking) to the more insidious (sports injuries, particularly concussion). If that doesn't make you want to pack them up [...]

    20. It's very scientific, but it's an eye opener it's useful specially with this generation teenagers who like to have the answers for "whys" when you want to convince them why they should or shouldn't do the thing. Highly recommended ❤️

    21. DNF at 23%I was required to buy this for my AP Psych class, but we only ended up reading like 2 chapters of it. So basically a waste. cool.

    22. Review copy provided by Harper Collins Publishers NZ via Booksellers NZ.The teenage brain? What sort of word trickery is that? Well, all logic tells you there is a brain of course, nestling inside the head of that child of yours, but it is not a brain, Jim, as we know it. And that is the totally bizarre thing about teenagers - after all we were all one once angst ridden, tormented, self absorbed, idealistic, misunderstood, unloved - so you think we would have no problem some years down the track [...]

    23. The teenage brain was an engaging guide book through the adolescent mind. As a teenager myself it helped me to understand my behavior more than just blaming it on hormones. Dr. Frances Jensen, who not only is a neurologist but a single mom of teenage boys helps us learn through personal experience and facts. Jensen uses several studies and experiments to demonstrate how the adolescent brain functions and why. Jensen walks us through the development and function of the teenage brain. She explains [...]

    24. The Teenage Brain by Frances Jensen grabbed my attention right away. Who doesn’t want to gain wisdom about the most baffling time of life? As a high school teacher, it’s important for me to understand my students in order to best connect with and teach them. This book helped me recognize how to do this on a different level. Since the author is both a neurologist and the mother of two boys who have been through the teenage years, she offers both insight as well as practical advice on how to h [...]

    25. Frances Jensen (no relation) is a neurologist at the University of Pennsylvania medical school. She explains that teenagers’ brains are still developing, increasing white matter connections between the lobes until the mid-20s. Many typically teen behaviors – mood swings, impulsive actions, lack of foresight – are biologically based, and they are not related to hormones so much as the incomplete structure of the brain. Individual chapters address sleep, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, risk-taking [...]

    26. A friend recommended this book and I'm so glad that she did. Yes, I knew that teenagers' brains developed slower than parents would like, but I didn't know how exactly and which parts developed first. After reading this book, I have a much better understanding of the development of the teenaged brain.I liked the fact that she covered what is involved as a child becomes a teenager not only with the brain, but a bit about the hormonal changes, too. She then goes on to discuss learning; sleep; risk [...]

    27. Thoroughly alarming but important information to know if you've got teenagers in your life. Their brains are literally not really able to do things like assess risk or think about consequences. Different parts of their brain light up when thinking through problems than an adult's brain. Their brains are primed for addictions, which are harder to break once established. Marijuana is not as innocuous as you might think for a teenaged brain. Mental illness is a serious possibility as things start t [...]

    28. Immensely helpful and highly suggested for parents/ anyone who works with youth. "(Teenagers) are at a critical stage in their development where everything is not yet completely in sync, and the more you understand this— and can explain it to them— the smoother these years will be." Interesting to note the key developments in adolescence and the impact of these changes on growth, discernment, drug use, etc. Read alongside of a biblical approach to raising teenagers. For example, Paul Tripp's [...]

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