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Dear Members of the "Parenting in the 21st Century" Group:
In my clinical practice, I am frequently asked by parents (and also teenagers!) about what is going on in the brain during adolescence.
Below are three of the best resources I have come across on this important topic. The first, a blog posting from Social Work Today, provides an easy-to-understand summary of the work of Daniel Siegel, M.D., the prominent UCLA psychiatrist who founded the new field of interpersonal neurobiology. The second features a video presentation by Sarah Jayne Blakemore, a research scientist at the forefront of the latest investigations of the neural dynamics of the adolescent brain. The third, an article entitled "The Teen Brain" from the Dana Foundation, documents the neurobiology of the adolescent brain and offers some insights as to how to begin to determine if certain teen behaviors and tendencies are actually pathological vs. merely the manifestation of normal alterations of the brain as it develops.
Social Work Today Blog Post: http://www.socialwork... (http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/011915p30.shtml)
Sarah Jayne Blakemore Video: https://www.edge.org/... (https://www.edge.org/conversation/sarah_jayne_blakemore-the-adolescent-brain)
"The Teen Brain": http://www.dana.org/C... (http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/The_Teen_Brain__Primed_to_Learn,_Primed_to_Take_Risks/)
I hope you find this information useful. Please don't hesitate to contact me with your reactions to these materials or any questions you might have.
James Tobin, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist | PSY 22074 |[masked] | [masked]