Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2018
This year’s Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize has been awarded to award-winning neuroscientist Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore for her book ‘Inventing Ourselves : The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain’. In it, Blakemore offers fresh insight based on her own laboratory research about how the brain develops during adolescence to shape the adults we become.
Why does an easy child become a challenging teenager? Why do teenagers struggle to get up in the morning? Why do they often take excessive risks?
We often joke that teenagers don’t have brains. For some reason, it’s socially acceptable to mock people in this stage of their lives. The need for intense friendships, the excessive risk taking and the development of many mental illnesses – depression, addiction, schizophrenia – begin during these formative years, so what makes the adolescent brain different? Drawing upon her cutting-edge research in her London laboratory, award-winning neuroscientist, Sarah-Jayne Blakemore explains what happens inside the adolescent brain, what her team’s experiments have revealed about our behaviour, and how we relate to each other and our environment as we go through this period of our lives. She shows that while adolescence is a period of vulnerability, it is also a time of enormous creativity – one that should be acknowledged, nurtured and celebrated.
‘This book should be read by adolescents and parents but also by everyone who looks after them, be they teachers, doctors or psychologists’ Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer
‘Beautifully written with clarity, expertise and honesty about the most important subject. I couldn’t put it down’ Prof Robert Winston
‘Finally, a book about the adolescent brain written by someone who actually does the science! Highly readable, ground-breaking’ Professor Laurence Steinberg
All shortlisted titles are now available in The Know.