Adolescent brain development

Does it seem like your tweens and teens are completely oblivious to things that seem so obvious to adults? Why on Earth are they so self-centered? Why do smart kids make risky decisions?

Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the human brain and says the rate and areas of brain development that occur in adolescence can help answer all of those questions. Her TED talk on the subject is fascinating (and not just because she has an awesome accent).

I found this video through My Parenthetical, which is a part of the University of Wisconsin-Extension and describes itself as "A place where parents of tweens and teens learn, share and connect." It is facilitated by three family researchers and educators from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension. The website is free, but does require that you register to access content. I know, I'm not crazy about that either, but I've found the quality content to be well worth it.

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