The Teenage Brain: Uniquely powerful, vulnerable, not fully developed
If the human mind is sometimes a puzzle. Then the teenage mind is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. Lucky for us, one neuroscientist has just published a guide to that perplexing headspace. Dr. Frances Jensen who was once stumped by the behaviour of her own teens shares years of study on the teenage brain, that will warn you and give you hope.
The classic 1993 movie Dazed and Confused depicts teenage life as, well... dazed and confused. The Texas teens in the story spend most of their time inebriated, disrespectful, or just plain stupid. Sometimes they even manage all three.
Now -- thankfully -- not every teen follows precisely in the frazzled footsteps of those dazed and confused kids, but practically every teenager has, at some point, left their parents confounded at their behaviour... asking, why oh why do teenagers act the way that teenagers do? It's almost as if they're another species.
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Dr. Frances Jensen has spent a lot of time studying the teenage brain, and she says that it's definitely human... It's just not yet fully developed. And those days of daze and confusion represent a critical stage, full of vulnerability, and opportunity.
Dr. Frances Jensen chairs the department of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She's written a new book called, "The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults."
We want to hear from you. What was the dumbest thing you did in your teens? What do you see in your own teenagers? Or are you teen with thoughts to share on this segment?
This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.