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Teenage behaviour explained

19 January 2015

Lyndsey Boardman

Darwin Day Celebration Lecture to discuss brain development during adolescence

Grumpy teenage behaviour and the awkwardness of adolescence will be the focus of a free talk at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore will visit the University on Thursday 12 February to present UCLan’s tenth Darwin Day Celebration Lecture. Through her presentation; Adolescence: A Sensitive Period for Social Brain Development, she will explain the possible reasons behind typical teenage behaviour by looking at the social and cognitive developments that take place during the tentative years of adolescence.

The University College London (UCL) academic will look at the period of life in which a sense of self-identity, and particularly the social self, undergoes profound development. She will also discuss how social areas of the brain experience significant reorganisation in terms of structure, function and connectivity during the second decade of life which can lead to heightened social sensitivity and influence a number of adolescent behaviours including risk-taking, peer influence and self-consciousness.

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, studying social cognition and decision making in the adolescent brain.

Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, studying social cognition and decision making in the adolescent brain.

Darwin Day is a worldwide celebration of science and reason and UCLan has hosted nine previous lectures by distinguished academics including Nicholas Humphrey, Sir Patrick Bateson, Armand Leroi, Richard Wiseman, Susan Blackmore, Nicky Clayton and Richard Dawkins.

The 2015 lecture will take place in Darwin Lecture Theatre between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Thursday 12 February. Reserve a free ticket or for more information contact Dr Mike Eslea, telephone 01772 893424 or visit www.uclan.ac.uk/darwin

The evening will also include an opportunity to see the fantastic new Young Scientist Centre; a joint venture between UCLan and the Royal Institution.