Unlocking the mysteries of the teen brain

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High school 12-18 years

Neuroscience can help to understand how teen brains work.

It seems that, while the brain does not actually grow much in adolescence, it does undergo a massive reorganisation between the ages of 12 and 25.

Essentially, the brain’s wiring is being upgraded, and it is during this time that neuroscientists believe there is a window of opportunity for the neurons in our brains to develop stronger, richer connections.

It also appears the ‘use it or lose it’ principle plays a significant role in this rewiring process, explaining why adolescence is the prime time to acquire a new language, learn to play a musical instrument, or take up a new sport.

Encourage your teen to take advantage of this unique time to focus on learning. The more information is repeated, the more the brain retains, so now is the time to learn, learn, learn.

Last modified on Tuesday 17 May 2016 [711|2726]

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