The teen brain

Most parents of teens think that the changes in their child’s behaviour are due to hormones and puberty.

Hormones are produced by the pituitary gland in the brain, and other endocrine glands in the body.

But the mover and shaker regarding psychological and developmental changes is the brain. It always has been and always will be about the brain.

For a discussion of what happens in the brain for young children go here.

For a discussion of what happens in the developing teen brain, have a look at Dr Dan Siegel’s talk below. It’s a long one but worth your time and effort.

And then have a look at Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s TEDX talk on the adolescent brain.

Your teen’s behaviour will all make sense once you’ve seen these videos.

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