A close-up look at the adolescent brain: Sarah-Jayne Blakemore at TEDGlobal2012
Wednesday 27th June 2012
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (ICN) at the Royal Institution
Friday 30th March 2012 at 8pm, Friday Evening Discourse at the Royal Institution
“The social brain in adolescence” - The brain has evolved to understand and interact with other people. In the past 20 years neuroscience has shed light on the neurophysiological basis of the “social brain”, the network of brain regions involved in understanding others. This talk focuses on how the social brain develops during adolescence. Adolescence is a period of life characterised by hormonal, physical, psychological and social change. Recently, neuroscience research has revolutionised our understanding of the adolescent brain. Brain imaging research has revealed that the cortex develops during adolescence in terms of both its structure and how it functions. Social brain regions undergo particularly protracted development in adolescence. This research might contribute to an explanation of behaviours that are typically associated with adolescence, including risk-taking and peer influence. The research also has potential implications for the education and legal treatment of young people.
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore at Association for Science Education annual conference 2011
Delegates at the Association for Science Education annual conference were reacquainted with "Kevin’s transformation into a teenager" by Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, as the introduction to an enthralling lecture on the development of the adolescent brain.
An extract from the book "The Learning Brain: Lessons for Education" by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore and Uta Frith can be found here.