The Early Adolescent Brain

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The Early Adolescent Brain


When adolescence hits, many parents and teachers feel like they are living the sci-fi classical “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” happening right before their eyes. It doesn’t take a neuroscientist to tell us that a battery of strange behaviors occurs with the onset of puberty and significant changes in brain chemistry and physiology that accompany it.

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Learning Objectives

This course covers The Early Adolescent brain, and how it is drastically different than the adult and preadolescent brain. Due to advancements in brain imaging technology, researchers are now more privy to some of the changes happening to the brain when puberty sets in, and how these changes can impact student learning in both negative and positive ways. This course outlines those changes, how best to encourage students dealing with them effectively and what specific changes can lead to specific behaviors.

Topics covered include:

  • The impact of cortical connections

  • How the young brain develops and what that means for students in learning environments

  • The brain's reward system, and how to leverage it with student behavior

  • How the brain prunes pathways and connections and how that impacts decision making in adolescents

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