Adolescent Brain Development 

Up until recently very little if anything was know about adolescent brain development. It was thought that the brain developed in the first few years of a child’s life and after that the trajectory of human development was chiefly fixed. But particularly due to the work of Sarah Jayne Blakemore at UCL we now know that adolescence is this extraordinarily important time where the brain goes through development and reorganisation. Much of the research in neuroscience has been used to try to explain the often turbulent time of adolescence and the reason why adolescents can often behave in what appears to be irrational and emotional ways, often changing seemingly overnight from one child to another.

Dr Hohnen has taken a particular interest in this research combining her knowledge as a neuropsychologist with her experience as a clinician to help parents, teenagers and teachers to understand teenage behaviour better. She has translated this complex neuroscientific research into lay terms to present to audiences. Examples of her talks include:

  • Lecture to SENCOs – The teenage brain: what we know and what this means for education
  • Lecture to professionals and parents – Teenagers, what’s really going on?
  • Lecture to professionals and parents – Raising emotionally resilient teenagers
  • Lecture to parents – Understanding teenagers: How to support them and protect them at a time of significant brain development
  • Sixth form academic lecture – The teenage brain

Fact Sheets

Below are fact sheets on topics on adolescent brain development. Please click on the link to open the file to read more.

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