Monthly Archives: September 2019

Teen Brains

Teenage Brains Run on Raw Emotion

Research explains why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

 

https://elemental.medium.com/teenage-brains-run-on-raw-emotion-73201ac5779

 

Tom Jacobs

” The biggest social movements today — including protests for climate change and gun regulation — were sparked by teenagers. And while teens are often belittled as vaping TikTok fanatics, recent research suggests the passion and commitment of adolescent activists such as climate activist Greta Thunberg, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and the gun-control crusaders from Parkland, Florida in part reflect the unique nature of the teenage brain.

The idea that human brains don’t fully mature until people are in their early to midtwenties — which has become the consensus belief among scientists over the past 15 years — was initially used to explain all manner of troublesome teen behavior. It provided a biology-based explanation of why adolescents are impulsive, highly emotional, and vulnerable to various forms of addiction.

But more recently, researchers have started to emphasize that those same phases of brain development that may encourage risk-taking behaviors can also drive teens to impressive heights. Channeled wisely, the impulses that emerge from the adolescent brain can be extremely valuable — for the kids, their societies, and perhaps the planet…..”

“Answers to Kids’ Deep Questions in Photos” review

 


Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

“What is the purpose of life?”
“How do we know what’s real and not real?”
“Why is there so much unfairness in the world?”
“Where do babies come from?”

Children ask the most intriguing questions. Some are very basic, simple really. Others require deep thought and intense regard as to how to answer them in a way they might understand. It’s often said that pictures are worth a thousand words. So, perhaps using pictures, awesome photographs, can help explain and answer some of the more difficult questions. Like the question, “What is God?” is answered with spiral images, beautiful photographs of spirals: the spiral pattern of a rose opening to full bloom (looking from the top of the flower), the spiral pattern of a seashell, or spiral patterns found in the universe. This is a complex question, but, if one is a believer, one understands the significance of the photographs and the images chosen. God is infinite. But, “God is also patterns in the universe.”

Gayle Kimball’s fascinating book, Answers to Kids’ Deep Questions in Photos, is a unique way to help young people to open their minds and explore, to encourage young people to ask more questions. The questions chosen for this book range from the meaning of life, the beginning of life, what happens after death, to current political concerns like climate change and how we can make things in the world fairer. I like the way the photographs and the verbal answers leave open room for further questions and the possibility of making each question a focal point for discussion. A wonderful way to share questions and answers that are relevant, not just to children, but people of all ages.

Suggest Young Women Climate Leaders for my book

I’d like to Skype interview for a book-in-progress about young women climate activists, with  follow-up interviews over time. We would both edit the transcript to morph it into a book chapter.

 

Interviews with other youth activists are on my YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGlobalyouth?pbjreload=10

 

I’m the author of these pertinent books:

Brave: The Global Girls’ Revolution (Equality Press) Vol. 1 Global Issues, Vol. 2 Regional Activism

Your Mindful Guide to Academic Success: Prevent Burnout (Equality Press)

Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Global Youth Values Transforming Our Future (Equality Press)

Resist: Goals and Tactics for Changemaking (Equality Press)

Answers to Kids’ Deep Questions in Photos (Equality Press)

The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)

Ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality

Press)

How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce (Equality Press)

 

My background is I developed/chaired the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Chico. I also do intuitive energy work, dance, garden, travel.

 

Please let me know when are good times for you to Skype with me. I’m in California.

 

Many thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.