Dr. Frances Jensen Discusses the Development of the Teenage Brain
Author Discusses Book, "The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults​"


Join Education Writers Association for a brown bag lunch with noted neuroscientist Frances Jensen, author of “The Teenage Brain.”

Teens may look like amateur adults, equipped with the kind of know-how parents and teachers take for granted. But behind those side-eyes and earbuds is a brain fast at work learning to cope with an onslaught of hormones, sensory experiences and the last gasps of adolescence.

Translation? Teens are still developing, and holding them to adult standards can be short-sighted. That’s one takeaway from “The Teenage Brain,” a “survival guide” by noted neuroscientist Frances Jensen. Written primarily for parents and teens, the book also has far-reaching implications for educators and how they motivate and communicate with teens.

Teen brains are primed for learning — fast — and that superpower is a two-edged sword. On one hand, mastering chemistry or jazz piano may be a breeze. On the other, getting hooked on alcohol, drugs or nicotine can be just as easy, because addictions are a type of learning at which teen brains excel.

To explore that paradox and more, join the Education Writers Association for an intimate lunch with Dr. Jensen. You’ll learn lots more about the teenage brain — including limits to teens’ impulse control and risk-taking and strategies to compassionately guide them to maturity.

October 14, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Hager Sharp offices
1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 600E
Washington, DC 20005