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The New York Times Knowledge Network Presents

Exploring the Teenage Brain (Self-Paced. Begin any time, end by July 31.)

Exploring the Teenage Brain (Self-Paced. Begin any time, end by July 31.)

Sunday, Jan 01, 2012 12:05 AM EST 2012-01-01T0:05
- Monday, Jul 23, 2012 11:55 PM EDT 2012-07-23T23:55
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We know teenagers behave in mysterious ways. Their ups and downs are usually attributed to hormonal changes. But neuroscientists now tell us that the brain goes through significant growth spurts during the adolescent years, getting re-shaped in a developmental phase as important as those of early childhood. This three-week course, taught by The Times’s health and medicine editor, who has written a book on the subject, will help you learn: - what the latest science tell us about important changes in the brain; how this new learning connects with what we already know about hormones and other influences on teen behavior; why alcohol, smoking and drugs are especially dangerous to the teenage brain; why erratic or even hostile behavior can often be normal, however unpleasant; the importance of sleep; some tips for coping with this awkward period in a child’s life.

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