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

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

by Frances E Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062067852
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,477
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Frances E. Jensen, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She was Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and Director of Epilepsy Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Senior Neurologist at Boston Children’s and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. She lectures widely about the teen brain at science museums, TEDMED, and high schools.


Amy Ellis Nutt is a science journalist at the Washington Post and the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. Her most recent book is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xi

Introduction: Being Teen 1

1 Entering the Teen Years 14

2 Building a Brain 24

3 Under the Microscope 47

4 Learning: A Job for the Teen Brain 65

5 Sleep 86

6 Taking Risks 103

7 Tobacco 115

8 Alcohol 125

9 Pot 141

10 Hard-Core Drugs 159

11 Stress 170

12 Mental Illness 183

13 The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain 205

14 Gender Matters 226

15 Sports and Concussions 238

16 Crime and Punishment 254

17 Beyond Adolescence: It's Not Over Yet 278

Postscript: Final Thoughts 289

Acknowledgments 295

Glossary 297

Notes 301

Selected Bibliography 319

Resources 341

Index 343

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The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and thought in was so insightful into how a teenager brain works that I bought more copies to give to my children. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a better understanding of why a teenager does dangerous, stupid things.
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