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The Teenage Brain


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Frances E. Jensen, MD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. She was Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Translational Neuroscience and Director of Epilepsy Research at Boston Children's Hospital, and Senior Neurologist at Boston Children's and Brigham and Women's Hospitals. She lectures widely about the teen brain at science museums, TEDMED, and high schools. Amy Ellis Nutt is a science journalist at the Washington Post and the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. Her most recent book is Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family.


"Recommended for readers who enjoyed Laurence Steinberg's Age of Opportunity."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A captivating chapter, 'The Digital Invasion of the Teenage Brain, ' calls attention to computer craving and adolescent addiction to the Internet.... [A] sensible, scientific, and stimulating book."--Booklist
"A valuable resource for parents, youth workers, educators, and anyone involved with teens in any way. The book is engaging, understandable, and extremely informative."--New York Journal of Books
"At moments of extreme exasperation, parents may think that there's something wrong with their teenagers' brains. Which, according to recent books on adolescence, there is.... [Jensen] offers a parenting guide laced with the latest MRI studies.... Packed with charts and statistics."--Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker
"Frances Jensen, a neuroscientist and single mother of two boys. . . delved into the emerging science of the adolescent brain [and] came out with provocative new insights for parents, educators, public policymakers and teens themselves."--Washington Post
"It's charming to see good science translate directly into good parenting."--New York Times Book Review
"Meticulously documented and reported, the studies offer proof that it's not just parents who think their teenagers don't quite have it all together."--Kirkus Reviews
"This well-written, accessible work surveys recent research into the adolescent brain....Chapter by chapter, Jensen covers essential topics....Speaking as one parent to another, she offers support and a way for parents to understand and relate."--Publishers Weekly
"Why's your child so self-absorbed? Give him time, writes neurologist Jensen: Empathy comes with age."--Good Housekeeping

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