Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain

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Transworld, Mar 22, 2018 - Social Science - 256 pages

'You will understand your children better for reading it.' The Times
'Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject for all of us. I couldn't put it down.' Professor Robert Winston

An insightful and inspiring read from award-winning neuroscienist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains:

What makes the adolescent brain different?
Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager?
What drives the excessive risk-taking and the need for intense friendships common to teenagers?
Why it is that many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years.
And she shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity and opportunity.

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*****'An accessible, optimistic and illuminating book.'
*****'Essential reading for parents and teachers of adolescents.'
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About the author (2018)

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. She has published over 180 papers in scientific journals, and won multiple major awards for her research, including the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal 2006, the Turin Young Mind & Brain Prize 2013, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2013 and the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015. She was named in The Times Young Female Power List 2014 and was one of only four scientists on the Sunday Times 100 Makers of the 21st Century 2014. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Professor Blakemore has two sons and lives in Hertfordshire. Inventing Ourselves is her first solo book and is the winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018.