Psychology talk offers help to understand your teenager

24 April 2018

A new series of public talks hosted by the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University, kicks-off next month with an insight into the brains of teenagers.

The behaviour of teenagers can sometimes seem unfathomable to adults. It was thought that the grunts, silences, one word answers and the emotional and unpredictable behaviour traditionally displayed by teens was due to a sudden surge in hormones. However, modern neuroscience shows that it may be more complicated than that.

In his talk, Understanding Your Teenagers: Some insights from brain development research, Dr Alex Hasset, Principal Lecturer at the Salomons Centre, will present some of the new discoveries to help understand what happens to the teenage brain in this crucial period, and how this impacts on their behaviour, moods, risk taking and many other aspects of their lives. He will explain how research shows that teenagers really are ruled by their emotions, as their brains continues to develop and rewire well into the early twenties, with most of the rewiring that happening in the front of the brain, the area associated with judgement and emotional and behavioural regulation, meaning their emotional centres are more dominant than at any other time of our lives.

Dr Alex Hassett is a Principal Lecturer and Senior Consultant at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. He has a Masters in Educational Psychology, a Masters in Research Psychology, and a PhD in Psychology. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy. His research interests focus on emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. A particular focus is on how teenagers engage with mental health services. He develops and delivers training to practitioners in the areas of young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health and relationship building. He is also a psychotherapist working predominantly with teenagers.

Understanding Your Teenagers: Some insights from brain development research takes place at the University’s  Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, 1 Meadow Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2YG on Thursday, 17 May 6:30-7:30pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, concessions available. To book your place visit the University’s events pages here.

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Last edited: 24/04/2018 15:57:00