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The Power of Adolescence

Most often the terms teenagers and adolescents are used interchangeably. However, it is interesting to note that adolescence is the period from 10-25 years.

From time immemorial adolescents have received a bad rap for various ‘misdemeanours’ caused by their ‘raging’ hormones. However, new research is revealing that the powerful changes taking place during this phase are advantageous rather than a challenge. After the first five years of life, which are now recognised as a time when a child’s brain is extremely receptive, the adolescent brain is second in line for the great amount of growth and pruning that occur.

Here is a list of informative and inspiring podcasts (with links) that shed light on topics relevant to the adolescent age group.

  1. Dan Siegel: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain (Chopra Center Radio)
  2. Adam Gazzaley: The Neuroscience of Attention (The Unmistakable Creative Podcast)
  3. Unlocking the Psychology of Millenials (APA’s Speaking of Psychology podcast with Dr Jean Twenge)
  4. Parenting: The Teenage Brain (BBC Woman’s Hour podcast with Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore)
  5. Inside the teenage brain: How science is helping us understand adolescents (CBC Radio Ideas)