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Coping – How Our Brain Helps Us Cope with Emotional Upsets

"Coping by Depending on Our Two Instinctive Coping Brains In the Brain Works Project we learn that instinctive coping brain functions are very useful because they work automatically from the time we are born. Reptilian and emotional coping brains can act without the help of our thinking brain! We need them to help us stay safe...
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Teenage Brain & Behavior Changes

It is important that pre-teens, their parents and teachers understand three factors that are responsible for many brain function and behavior difficulties during adolescence: Hormonal changes affect brain functions. Our human brain makes mistakes. It can be easily confused. These three issues can make everyday upsets bigger problems for adolescents since at this time of life...
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Adolescent Angst: 5 Facts About the Teen Brain

"Adolescents are dramatic, irrational and scream for seemingly no reason. And they have a deep need for both greater independence and tender loving care. There is a reason this description could be used for either teens or toddlers: After infancy, the brain's most dramatic growth spurt occurs in adolescence. "The brain continues to change throughout life, but...
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Beyond Raging Hormones: The Tinderbox in the Teenage Brain

“Youth are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.” —Aristotle “In adolescence, physical health is approaching its peak. Adolescents are not only bigger and stronger than children, but also show developmental increases in a wide range of mental and physical abilities, including reaction time, reasoning skills, problem solving, immune function, and capacity to cope with...
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Hormone affects how teens’ brains control emotions

"As adolescents mature, rising testosterone gives their brains more control over emotions Using scans of brain activity, scientists were able to show that how teens’ brains process emotions changes as they mature.(Testosterone is released in both boys and girls) Adolescence can mean facing the emotional challenges of adults for the first time. But what part of a...
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Hormonal changes during puberty

 A popular view is that the puberty phase is difficult because of hormones. The truth is that hormones definitely play a part but it is only a small part of a bigger whole. So lets look at hormones. “To begin, it is essential to realize that puberty itself is a process with multiple components, including...
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Impact of alcohol on the developing brain

I think it is really important to understand what the impact of alcohol is on the developing brain. We know the law says you can only buy alcohol legally when you are 18 but culturally children start drinking at a much younger age. A really concerning issue is the binge drinking that is such a...
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Cognitive development through puberty

 With my oldest son the first sign of puberty was when he could not stop himself from making sarcastic comments in most interactions with him. He especially enjoyed taunting his younger brother. This was very unlike him and at some stage I asked him why he is so sarcastic and argumentative and his response was...
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