The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||9 hours and 1 minute|
|Author||Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt|
|Narrator||Frances E. Jensen, Tavia Gilbert|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 30, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank||
#5,241 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Adolescent Psychology (Audible Books & Originals)
#8 in Medical Adolescent Psychology
#9 in Parenting Teenagers (Audible Books & Originals)
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What would have been interesting is recommended strategies for handling teenagers in light of neurological insights about their brains, what they will respond well to, how we can support them at these times. But the author simply tells us
1) which region\lobe is responsible for which behaviour type
2) a study that proves this region is less developed during teenage years than as adults. Doh.
3) a horror story of a teen who did something crazy and died because of behaving that way and she got an email about it
4) how well her own children turned out ..........which is apparently down to her superior parenting....but without imparting any information as to what she did in any way differently to the average parent, other than being a neurologist which is clearly second to godliness.
Whilst the medical facts offered no enlightenment, I did at least assume they were accurate. Until I got to Page 235 where I discovered the author is prepared to pass off any old nonsense opinion as medical fact. Which of course cast doubt over everything else I'd (drearily) read from her so far. I quote.....
"I was reminded of how different it is in England, the country of my parents' birth, where all students must take a common entrance exam at eleven years of age: if they don't do well they can't go on to A levels, and this means they don't go to college. Education isn't a right so much as a privilege in the United Kingdom, and because not everyone gets to attend a university, education becomes one more caste system. It's truly a shame that in England and so many other countries, before a child even reaches puberty, he or she has already been tested, evaluated and judged to be either intellectually worthy or unworthy of higher education. If my sons at ages eleven or twelve or even fifteen or sixteen had been subject to this kind of life-determining tracking I'm not sure they would be the highly successful college-educated men they are today."
Suffice to say she has got all her British terminology muddled and common entrance is taken by less than 5% of British students. It was all the excuse I needed to put the book down.
If however, you do want an enlightening and well researched book on this topic, try Tony Little's "The Intelligent Person's Guide to Education" which is better researched, broader in what it covers, more practical, more credible and thankfully far less self satisfied than this book.
Although the author says in the introduction that she wrote the book for both parents/carers and teenagers it's undoubtedly written for the former. A version of this great book written specifically for teens and young adults would, I think,be great, and help them both understand and better deal with the challenges of growing up.