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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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Inside The Teenage Brain | FRONTLINE | PBS (Article & Video)

Inside The Teenage Brain | FRONTLINE | PBS (Article & Video) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"It's the mystery of mysteries -- especially to parents -- the unpredictable and sometimes incomprehensible moods and behaviors of the American teenager. Generations of adults have pondered its cause. Hormones? Rock music? Boredom? Drugs?

In "Inside the Teenage Brain," FRONTLINE chronicles how scientists are exploring the recesses of the brain and finding some new explanations for why adolescents behave the way they do. These discoveries could change the way we parent, teach, or perhaps even understand our teenagers."

 

View the full 60 minute program in Windows Media and RealPlayer.

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BrainHealth Teen Reasoning Initiative | Center for BrainHealth

BrainHealth Teen Reasoning Initiative | Center for BrainHealth | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Adolescent reasoning and critical thinking skills across America have stagnated in recent decades.
Center for BrainHealth researchers are on a quest to solve the pervasive crisis in teen reasoning. BrainHealth Teen Reasoning Initiative research assesses and trains reasoning skills in middle school students. Higher-order thinking skills are trained through a unique program called Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training, or SMART.
SMART trains cognitive strategies that enhance and improve brain efficiency through organization, synthesis, abstraction, and interpretation of meaning. The SMART program teaches students how to learn rather than what to learn.

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Adulthood: What the Brain Says About Maturity - By Laurence Steinberg

Adulthood: What the Brain Says About Maturity - By Laurence Steinberg | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

If science influenced laws, teenagers wouldn't be allowed to drive before they could see R-rated movies on their own, or go to war before they can buy beer. "Neuroscientists now know that brain maturation continues far later into development than had been believed previously. Significant changes in brain anatomy and activity are still taking place during young adulthood, especially in prefrontal regions that are important for planning ahead, anticipating the future consequences of one’s decisions, controlling impulses, and comparing risk and reward. Indeed, some brain regions and systems do not reach full maturity until the early or mid-20s. Should this new knowledge prompt us to rethink where we draw legal boundaries between minors and adults? Alas, age boundaries are drawn for mainly political reasons, not scientific ones."

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Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Teenage Brains - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Beautiful Brains: Moody. Impulsive. Maddening. Why do teenagers act the way they do? Viewed through the eyes of evolution, their most exasperating traits may be the key to success as adults.

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Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility

Neuroscience and Moral Responsibility | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

"ARE you responsible for your behavior if your brain “made you do it”?

Often we think not. For example, research now suggests that the brain’s frontal lobes, which are crucial for self-control, are not yet mature in adolescents. This finding has helped shape attitudes about whether young people are fully responsible for their actions. In 2005, when the Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty for juveniles was unconstitutional, its decision explicitly took into consideration that “parts of the brain involved in behavior control continue to mature through late adolescence.”


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Simple explanation of the brain and its functioning, written for teens.


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Teen brain benefits from mindfulness training

Teen brain benefits from mindfulness training | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Teenagers who practice mindfulness — a technique that involves focusing on what is what is happening in the moment and being aware of and accepting of emotions — benefit from increased self-control, healthier relationships, and improved overall well-being.

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