What Are They Thinking?!

The Straight Facts about the Risk-Taking, Social-Networking, Still-Developing Teen Brain

By Aaron White; Scott Swartzwelder
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393065800, 286pp.)

Publication Date: April 2013

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It turns out that teens thrill-seeking activities and quests for independence aren t just the result of raging hormones, but rather typical effects of the unique structure and development of the adolescent brain. In easily navigable chapters full of practical anecdotes and examples, acclaimed scientists Aaron White and Scott Swartzwelder draw from the most recent studies on the teen brain to illuminate the complexities of issues such as school, driving, social networking, video games, and mental health in kids whose crucial brain connections are just coming online.

About the Author
Aaron White, PhD is a psychologist and neuroscientist living in Durham, NC. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Medical Psychology, at Duke University Medical Center. His scientific research focuses on adolescent brain and psychological development. Over the years, he has appeared on major news networks in the U.S. and overseas, published more than 40 scientific manuscripts and book chapters, and spoken internationally about adolescent brain development and other topics related to adolescent health.

Scott Swartzwelder, PhD is a professor of psychiatry at the Duke University School of Medicine.
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