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Adolescent Brains

What goes on in a Teenagers head?

The brain has evolved to understand and interact with other people. We are increasingly learning more about the neurophysiological basis of social cognition and what is known as the social brain. In this talk, Dr Sarah Jayne Blakemore will focus on how the social brain develops during adolescence. Adolescence is a time characterised by change - hormonally, physically, psychologically and socially. Yet until recently this period of life was neglected by cognitive neuroscience. In the past decade, research has shown that the social brain develops both structurally and functionally during adolescence.

Dr Sarah-Jayne Blakemore holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and is Reader in Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Her group's research is in the area of social cognitive neuroscience, in particular in the development of social cognition during adolescence and in autism spectrum disorders. She is actively involved in linking neuroscience and education and has co-authored a book on this subject called The Learning Brain.


Dr Sarah Jayne Blakemore | talks


Date and Time:

7 February 2010 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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