Childhood & Adolescence

image of teenagers on stoop
It’s not just hormones that explain teen behavior. Environment and social interaction play a role, too.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Neuroscientist Jamie Hanson encourages scientists to look at people and situations that fall outside so-called societal norms.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 9 min
How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 21 min
The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 7 min
Growing up in poverty can negatively impact developing brain regions like the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex and, in turn, increases the risks of developing behavioral and learning problems.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 23 min
Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 16 min
Learn about the prevalence of poverty in the US and its threats to childhood development.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
  • 16 min
Shedding light on a period of chaos and character-building, neuroscientists are framing the teen brain to help support this critical period in development.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Help your students better understand that their brains are always changing with this reading and activity.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Read more about what happens when your students' brains grow from chaos to clarity.
  • Edutopia
It’s not just hormones that explain teen behavior. Environment and social interaction play a role, too.
  • BrainFacts/SfN
Charles A. Nelson answers your questions on how separation is harmful to a child’s developing brain.
  • BrainFacts/SfN

3D Brain

An interactive brain map that you can rotate in a three-dimensional space.