Ever Wondered About the Adolescent Brain?

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.

This is one of the most serious brain labs in the world.