Sarah-Jayne Blakemore on our growing understanding of biological changes in young people’s brains

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs.

Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves the study of children and adolescents or has a significant impact in their lives. Each interviewee is also the recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, awarded by the Jacobs Foundation, that recognizes exceptional achievements in the field of child and youth development.

Episode 7: Understanding the adolescent brain

How does the brain change during adolescence? What influence do external factors, such as stress, have on the development of the brain during this critical period? What do we know about the effects of social deprivation on adolescent development and mental health?

Listen in as Sean finds out the answers to these questions and more with today’s guest, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor of Psychology at the University of Cambridge in the UK, and leader of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her group’s research focuses on the development of social cognition and decision making n the human adolescent brain, as well as adolescent mental health.


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