Teen Brain

The new eBook, How to Give Your Teen a Superior Mind, is now available free to parents and adults who work with teens. Although several books about the teen brain have been published, none of them talk about the permanent long-term consequences of teen brain development – or what adults can do to cultivate a robust foundation for critical thinking, judgment and decision making.

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If you’ve followed my blog, you know I often write about adolescence as the sensitive time of life during which a child’s brain can be wired for basic critical thinking skills. The window of opportunity opens at puberty and closes sometime in the early twenties. Foreseeing consequences, exercising logic and managing decisions can stimulate brain cells to connect. Only the brain cells that wire together will fire together, and they have to fire a lot to form a neural pathway. And it’s use it or lose it. By the time you’re a young adult, the window has closed and whatever foundation for higher-level thinking you established in youth is what you have to work with for the rest of your life.

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I’ve been writing about the teen brain for several years now, and I’m currently gathering the most important insights into a book for parents. I’m doing this knowing that during the past eight to ten years dozens of articles and about ten books about the teen brain have already been published. Why not just refer readers to the best of these works? Why another book about the teen brain?

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An issue has been preoccupying my mind – young people who watch violent video games.

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The human brain has dozens and dozens of areas that perform special tasks. While a baby is born with a complete brain, it’s like a brand new computer with no software and no data. So throughout childhood, the outer layer of the brain, the cerebral cortex – where “programs” and “data” are stored – programs its “operating system.”

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