PODCAST: Building Better Teen Brains
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Raising a teenager can be a lot of work and there’s hard science behind why adolescence is so challenging. Laurence Steinberg authored the book Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence. In this episode, he talks about how brain development doesn’t stop at age three. There’s another period where the brain is malleable: during adolescence. These years are key in determining individuals' life outcomes. How should we change the way we parent, educate, and understand young people?