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“Touch wood” .. I haven’t yet had to deal with the more difficult aspects of adolescence. So far so good in the Portis household, but as the very proud mum of 3 ( 14 ,13, 10)  I’m not banking on getting off lightly. I know it will hit at some stage and in my view, forewarned is forearmed. Any info that can support me on the journey that is “mother of teenagers” is of huge value.

I wanted to share with you this fascinating short lecture from Cognitive Neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, who compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behaviour is caused by the growing and developing brain.

I knew it had something to do with the developing brain, but never really understood the science until now. What’s fascinating is that technology has moved at such a pace, that it now allows the scientists to delve deep into the brains of our teenagers, which at least helps us go some way to understanding their behaviour, even if we don’t like it. Maybe the next  phase will be re-programming!?

Enjoy!