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Teenage Neuroscience

Teenage Neuroscience

June 29, 2018 Podcast Episodes 0

Episode Summary

Lucy Maddox, author of Blueprint, discusses adolescent neuroscience on this episode. She explains that, when we look back later on, teenage memories can seem bigger than others because we often try many things for the first time during the teenage years and our first experience with something can be very heightened. Of course, social experiences are also heightened during the teenage years. Lucy reveals what you should teach your teen about friendships and relationships.

Full Show Notes

If you ask someone to name their favorite musical artist, top three foods, even just a good memory from the past, they will tend to come up with examples from their teenage years. Why are teenage memories so vivid, and what does this mean?

This week, I spoke with Lucy Maddox, child psychologist, researcher, and author of the new book Blueprint: How Our Childhood Makes Us Who We Are.

She explains that, when we look back later on, teenage memories can seem bigger than others because we often try many things for the first time during the teenage years and our first experience with something can be very heightened.

Of course, social experiences are also heightened during the teenage years. Lucy reveals what you should teach your teen about friendships and relationships.

That’s the subject of this week’s episode.

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Word-for-Word Scripts

1. When your teen wants to break the rules, affirm their autonomy but hold firm

“Sure, you can use your phone whenever you want. As soon as your room is clean, like we agreed. You’re 14 now so I can’t physically force you to do anything but those are the rules. As an adult I don’t have to go to work. But if I don’t, there will be consequences. So I’m going to treat you like an adult and leave the final decision up to you.”

-Lucy Maddox

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About Lucy Maddox

A consultant clinical psychologist, lecturer, and writer, Lucy has lectured and developed content for a range of universities on topics like adolescence, psychological interventions for self-harm, psychosis, compassion fatigue in the helping professions, neuroimaging in the media, and a variety of other topics.

Lucy has always been interested in science communication and she enjoys writing about science for the general public. She has written for a range of publications including The GuardianProspectMosaic, and Science magazine. She blogs as Psychology Magpie and for Huffington Post. Her book, Blueprint: How Our Childhood Makes Us Who We Are, was released in March 2018.

Find Lucy on Twitter.