Understanding teenagers: the adolescent brain


One of the country's leading neuroscientists will give a free talk to north London parents next month (2 March).

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, will explain to parents the scientific reasons behind adolescent-typical behaviours and how both parenting and teaching can adapt to them.

The free event, hosted by North Bridge House Senior and Sixth Form, will also give parents the opportunity to hear how changes in the teenage brain can have an impact on academic performance too.

Professor Blakemore challenges the view that brain development is over by early childhood. She believes that areas of the social brain - the network of brain regions involved in understanding others - undergo substantial reorganization in adolescence.

“Adolescence is a period of life where the brain is particularly adaptable and malleable”, claims Blakemore. “It is a fantastic opportunity for learning and creativity.”

Tickets are free but registration is required: Book at www.northbridgehouse.com/teens

For more event information, please contact lynda.stamford@northbridgehouse.com

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