Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain (Hardback)Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (author)
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Shortlisted for The Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018
'Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject for all of us. I couldn't put it down' - Robert Winston
Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager?
Why do teenagers struggle to get up in the morning?
Why do they often take excessive risks?
We often joke that teenagers don't have brains. For some reason, it's socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses - depression, addiction, schizophrenia - begin during these formative years, so what makes the adolescent brain different?
Drawing upon her cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, award-winning neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team's experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity - one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated. Her research points to the ways in which our adolescence provides a lens through which we can see ourselves anew and how it is fundamental to how we invent ourselves.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 484 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 26 mm
'An engaging and interesting book, written comprehensibly for a non-specialist audience. You will understand your children and your former selves better for reading it and you will bust a few myths as you go.' - The Times
'There are few people more qualified to explain [adolescence] than the author of this compelling book. What I enjoyed most about this book was the readability and personal style of the narrative. Blakemore manages to present a highly accessible account of the science, without ever compromising on detail or depth...there is almost a sense that the reader is in the lab, listening in on the discussions and taking part in the decisions....This book has something to offer everyone ... Blakemore provides a unique and very up-to-date insight into the changes that occur during this intriguing period.' - Dr Catherine Loveday, The Psychologist
'Refreshingly and reassuringly light and lucid in both tone and approach ...an enjoyable, accessible, and insightful book by an author at the top of her field. .' - The Lancet
'Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject for all of us. I couldn't put it down.' - Robert Winston
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