Winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Prize 2018. Up to the minute brain science from a world class scientist. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains how the adolescent brain transforms as it develops and shapes the adults we become.
Drawing upon her cutting-edge research Professor Blakemore explores:
- What makes the adolescent brain different?
- Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager?
- What drives the excessive risk-taking and the need for intense friendships common to teenagers?
- Why it is that many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years.
And she shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity and opportunity.
About the Author
Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London. She has published over 120 papers in scientific journals, and won multiple major awards for her research, including the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal 2006, the Turin Young Mind & Brain Prize 2013, the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award 2013 and the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize 2015. She was named in The Times
Young Female Power List 2014 and was one of only four scientists on the Sunday Times
100 Makers of the 21st Century 2014.
Professor Blakemore has two sons and lives in Hertfordshire. Inventing Ourselves
is her first solo book and is the winner of the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018.
“ The best science writing helps us to look at ourselves and our world in new ways, and does this by combining compelling storytelling with scientific depth and detail. This book not only has all of these qualities, but also has something to offer every reader - whether you are a teenager, parent of a teenager, or just interested in understanding your former teenage self. ”
Professor Brian Cox
“ Completely captivating ... Blakemore explains the science behind teenage behaviour in a lucid and engaging way, deconstructs the myths that surround it, offers new insight into how we should treat teenagers, and reflects on how our new knowledge might usefully influence policy decisions. …This is truly a book that everyone should read. ”
Professor Dame Frances Ashcroft, chair of Royal Society Prize judges and professor of physiology at Oxford
“ Absolutely fascinating ”
Louise Minchin, BBC Breakfast
“ An engaging and interesting book, written comprehensibly for a non-specialist audience. You will understand your children and your former selves better for reading it and you will bust a few myths as you go. ”
“ There are few people more qualified to explain [adolescence] than the author of this compelling book. What I enjoyed most about this book was the readability and personal style of the narrative. Blakemore manages to present a highly accessible account of the science, without ever compromising on detail or depth…there is almost a sense that the reader is in the lab, listening in on the discussions and taking part in the decisions….This book has something to offer everyone … Blakemore provides a unique and very up-to-date insight into the changes that occur during this intriguing period. ”
Dr Catherine Loveday, The Psychologist
“ Refreshingly and reassuringly light and lucid in both tone and approach ...an enjoyable, accessible, and insightful book by an author at the top of her field. ”