Frances Jensen, MD talks with Terry Gross about “The Teenage Brain”

//Frances Jensen, MD talks with Terry Gross about “The Teenage Brain”
Frances Jensen, MD talks with Terry Gross about “The Teenage Brain” 2016-11-23T21:17:44+00:00

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Frances Jensen, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of The Teenage Brain, A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults.

 

“Teenagers are not as readily able to access their frontal lobe to say, ‘Oh, I better not do this,’ ” Dr. Frances Jensen tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross.

Jensen, who’s a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows — and why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making.