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Until very recently, scientists believed our brains were fully developed in childhood. Now, thanks to imaging technology, we know that the brain goes on developing and changing right through adolescence into adulthood. 

So, what makes the adolescent brain different? Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager? And why is it that many mental illnesses begin during these formative years?

Drawing upon her cutting-edge research, award-winning neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains how adolescence is fundamental to how we invent ourselves.

©2018 Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Dan, Sunshine coast. Awesome book. must read

must read for anyone interested in brain development and also recommended for parents of adolescents.

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  • 15-11-2018

Great accessible science

Loved the presentation of major findings from the field. Very engaging read.

Shame about the posh voice. A missed opportunity to rebrand a social class association in science.

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  • Sarah A
  • 22-04-2021

Narrator's enunciation spoils excellent content

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's book is essential reading for adolescents and those that care for them. She outlines some of the relatively contemporary research which helps us to understand why adolescents think and behave in the way that they do. However, this audiobook version is very disappointing. I did at first wonder if the narrator was the author, but realised it couldn't be, because pronunciation of certain words was just not correct and I have seen Sarah-Jayne Blakemore speak; she is clear, crisp and accurate in her delivery. I discovered that the narrator of this audiobook is a voice-over artist; I know it's not unusual to employ someone other than the author to narrate a book. However, I am wondering who thought it would be a good idea for the narrator to attempt to emulate the author's accent and enunciation. I found the narrator's faux upper-class accent delivery patronising and irritating, unnecessarily distracting from otherwise excellent and very interesting content.

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  • Geode
  • 16-06-2020

Super super boring

Could not get into this. The woman who reads it has the dullest upper class voice ever.

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  • Andrew Cummings
  • 01-05-2019

Underwhelmed

Slightly disappointed with this. Lots of build up for only a few nuggets. Not memorable either. Much preferred why we sleep which is more content heavy and more elegantly written.

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  • Aisling Halpenny
  • 08-06-2018

Absolutely amazing... Loved this book

Loved it.. Learned so much.... So much information.... Every teacher, educator and parent of a teenager should read this.... I listened to it on audible and found this brilliant as I think reading it I may have gotten bogged down in the detail of the experiments but could just listen to the descriptions with ease.

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  • Sam Tromans
  • 29-03-2018

Excellent overview of adolescence

A brilliant, exhaustive (but always fascinating) overview of the neuroscience around adolescence. Would recommend to fellow mental health professionals and/or scientists, but it is also written in an accessible way such that anyone with a passing interest in the subject matter would enjoy. Narration was of a very high standard throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-05-2021

Old news delivered badly

I got through 5 chapters before I could not go any further. Everything up to that point was either information I had heard long before through avenues such as BBC tv or it was simply the author sharing news about their own life. Added to this, the narration is delivered in such a sickly condescending manner that any authority of the text is immediately undermined. Shame all round.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-2019

Wonderfully interesting and well researched book

A wonderful, well-researched, accessible and fascinating insight into teenage brains. This book was incredibly interesting, even for someone with no prior knowledge of psychology really. As a teacher it gave me a great insight into the challenges faced by my pupils. I thought that it lost focus occasionally, lingering for too long on certain studies or ideas that weren't directly relevant to the topic. Otherwise fantastic.

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  • Steve
  • 25-09-2018

Interesting content, distracting accent


Interesting content, however I found the narrator’s accent very distracting. Shame, because I found content engaging but had to concentrate hard not to be distracted by the narrator.

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