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PODCAST: Building Better Teen Brains

Apr 05, 2016
CATEGORY: Society, Education, Health

The “Aspen Ideas to Go” podcast is a weekly show featuring fascinating speakers who have presented at the Aspen Ideas Festival and other public programs offered by the Aspen Institute — including Aspen Words, the Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series, and various events around the country. For a curated listening experience, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen to each episode on the Aspen Ideas website.

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?

 

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By Marci Krivonen, Associate Editor and Producer, Public Programs