Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk or YouTube video
Create a Lesson

The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain - Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

  • 57,535
    Views

  • 14,268
    Questions Answered


Let’s Begin…

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED Talk Lessons

TED Talk Lessons are created by TED-Ed using phenomenal TED Talks. Do you have an idea for a lesson? Create it now using any video from YouTube »

Meet The Creators

  • Speaker Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Share

Additional Resources for you to Explore
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, allow neuroscientists to examine the living human brain. How exactly does MRI technology work? Are there long-term impacts on the body?As described in the Talk, the adolescent human brain is undergoing significant change. This PBS article describes adolescent brains as "works in progress." In this slideshow, you can see the brain's changes throughout human life.An education blogger was so inspired by this TED Talk that he decided to interview Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. You can read the interview here.Still interested in the human brain? Watch the 8 fascinating videos in the TED talk playlist, "How does my brain work?" You can also see images of normal and diseased brains at the Whole Brain Atlas and get loads of information and pictures of all types of mammalian brains at the Brain Museum.

Customize This Lesson

Create and share a new lesson based on this one.

About TED Talk Lessons

TED Talk Lessons are created by TED-Ed using phenomenal TED Talks. Do you have an idea for a lesson? Create it now using any video from YouTube »

Meet The Creators

  • Speaker Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Share

Log In to Take or Create a Lesson

Log In to participate

Please Log In or Register to Apply

Please Log in to Access Leader Resources

If you have already logged into ted.com click Log In to verify your authentication. Click Register if you need to create a free TED-Ed account.
Log In    Register

Enter your name

Your name and responses will be shared with TED Ed.

To track your work across TED-Ed over time, Register or Login instead.