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    This award winning book is written by a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the UCL who specialises in the developing brain of a

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    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 ourselves The secret life of the teenage brain” that I finished a few days ago but did not write anything about at the time So here it goes nowThe book came very well recommended by its owner so the beginn

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    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 expla

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    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

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    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 deve

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

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    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 v

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    This is a very informative non fiction novel on the adolescent brain However it is academic in tone and it discusses and references an exhaustive list of clinical studies and trials which makes the reading experience a trifle tedious Listening to this on audiobook also was difficult as at points I got distracted and lost the thread Overall an interesting book that is up to date on research and had some fascinating truths to express around

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    I got a bit bogged down in the names abbreviations for the parts of the brain as well as the details about how e

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    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 wi

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Characters æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

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. 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 ourselves The secret life of the teenage brain that I finished a few days ago but did not write anything about at the time So here it goes nowThe book came very well recommended by its owner so the beginning felt a bit disappointing What I already knew about the anatomy of the brain and the transmission of signals between nervous cells made the first pages sound a bit uninteresting although I understand the need to include it as an introduction to what comes next so that it becomes accessible to all kinds of readers But this feeling soon vanished as the author starts summarising the results of past and mainly current research about the human brainAs I said I regret not having taken notes so what follows is just a short list of a few ideas that I found especially interesting and have stuck with me adolescent typical behaviour is present across human cultures and across species One of the earliest descriptions of adolescents comes from Socrates 469 399 BC The children now love luxury They have bad manners contempt for authority they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise adolescence covers a larger period than what we traditionally identify as such extending well into the 20ies It is during adolescence that our sense of self becomes particularly important to us The term imaginary audience coined in the 1960ies by a famous psychologist describes the phenomenon whereby adolescents imagine that other people are constantly observing and evaluating them even if this is not the case There is a lot of evidence that suggests that in adolescence the limbic system is particularly sensitive to rewards that are obtained as a result of risk taking while the development of pre frontal regions of the brain involved in self control is relatively slow These are some of the reasons why most campaigns directed at teenagers eg anti smoking anti alcohol etc are not effective as they usually focus on the long term health risks which adolescents perfectly understand but are not as important to them as immediate and non healh related conseuences particularly those related with the effects on other people several studies highlight the importance of late adolescence for education and suggest that it might be efficient to wait until late adolescence to learn certain types of cognitive skill This calls into uestion the claim made by some education policy makers that entry tests for selective schools that include non verbal reasoning assess the true potential of every child which is fixed and possibly innate on the contrary this is a skill that can be trained and improvedI could go on and on but it would get boring because my writing talent is uite limited and I am just extracting bits and pieces from a whole therefore losing context The book is filled with interesting examples and it is very well written the language is simple and very accessible without losing in detail and accuracy The author is very careful to explain how each test or experiment has been undertaken and how the results should be interpreted without jumping to incorrect generalisations I would recommend it to everyone who deals with teenagers parents grandparents teachers etc

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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

Characters æ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

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. There was so much to enjoy in this book because it was easy to read and understand it seems like Blake truly wants people to understand that adolescence is a uniue time for brain functionality and development by giving examples that illustrate her pointWhile plenty of the experiments were done by her and colleagues she references plenty of others and shares that there is just so much to learn and know For the most part they blend in well with her narrative and demonstrate her point without overwhelming readers and losing the overall message of patience and science in knowing teenagers Yes she s English but references Western culture in general while taking into consideration culture and language from across the world I Post ited uite a bit with tidbits of new knowledge but it also continues to remind me as a high school educator how we should teach and respond to teens during this developmental stage And it threw me back plenty of times to think of my own teenaged self and that was welcomed