We have discussed quite often about the adolescent brain and why concussions/brain trauma is much more troublesome for this set of the population. Trying to explain this part has been difficult for me as I really grasp the concepts of it, rather than the practical application of the information. Thanks to TED (a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize) we can listen to Sarah-Jayne Blakemore perfectly illustrate the adolescent brain.
Sarah-Jayne works for the Developmental Group at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on the development of social cognition and executive function during adolescence. Our research involves a variety of behavioral (psychophysics, eye-tracking, motion capture) and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI and MEG) methods. We are based at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Queen Square, London, UK.