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A new understanding of the teenage brain.


The self that we develop gradually during our childhood, and in an even bigger way during our teenage years, is always with us to a certain extent, even though obviously things can change. There's this interesting phenomenon known as the 'reminiscence bump' whereby episodes and events that happen to you during your teenage years and your twenties, are better remembered than at any other age across your lifespan.

Neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explores the new scientific understanding of the teenage brain - as complex biological changes affecting how we perceive risk-taking, socialization and our own identities unfold, we lay the foundations for who we are and who we'll become later in life.

Sarah-Jayne is author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain from PublicAffairs.

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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.


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