Exploring the Adolescent Brain

Neuroscientists say adolescence is “a wonderful time.” Beleaguered parents may disagree.

“The adolescent brain isn’t broken or defective,” Dr. Jay Giedd told an audience at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Wednesday. “It’s different from the child’s brain, and it’s different from the adult’s brain, but those differences have many upsides.”

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June 12 in DC: Adolescent Brain Panel

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about the teen brain at tomorrow evening’s panel discussion, “What Are They Thinking? Exploring the Adolescent Brain." The speakers are Jay Giedd, chief of the brain imaging unit in the child psychiatry branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH); Elaine Walker, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Emory University; and Elizabeth Albro, associate commissioner, National Center for Education Research, U.S. Department of Education. Alan I. Leshner, chief executive officer of AAAS and a former deputy director and acting director of NIMH, will make opening remarks. 

The event is part of the free Neuroscience and Society series, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Dana Foundation. It will be held at the AAAS auditorium in DC.

Visit the AAAS website for more information and to register.

–Ann L. Whitman

From the Archives: Neuromodulation

Tiefe_Hirnstimulation_-_Sonden_RoeSchaedel_seitlCredit: Hellerhoff/Wikimedia

Some people with Parkinson’s disease or intractible depression have shown great improvement using implanted and external brain stimulation. In our news story “Stimulating the Brain: From If to How,” writer Carl Sherman describes how researchers are diving down, to improve treatment methods and to discover what, exactly, stimulating the brain does:

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