The Teenage Brain Workshops

An interactive workshop for young people and families

Adolescence is a stage of our lives that is still shrouded in mystery. Teenagers can often be branded negatively – yet few people actually know what is happening at this stage of life, that might be driving how young people behave.

This interactive workshop targeted at young people and families aims to shed new light on this important period of life. Building on the latest research into the mysterious working of the adolescence brain  the activities are designed to spark debate and discussion between young people, peers, teachers and families alike, and help people learn more about how the brain works.

“It’s been a real treat to watching students who are often not engaged, really listening and participating in a variety of activities”

– School teacher, UK

The workshop centres on an inflatable human brain, where people can see and touch the areas that are undergoing the most changes during adolescence – we explore how these changes are affecting attitudes to thrill seeking and impulsivity. Using techniques used in real-world research, participants will assess their processing time, attention spans and attitudes to risk taking and gratification. It is also a great time for people to ask questions direct to researchers and learn more about the science of a brain.

During this interactive workshop we explore questions such as:

  • What’s better, a small immediate reward or a larger delayed reward?
  • Is it sometimes good to be impulsive?
  • What risks are good to take? What type of risks do adolescents take?
  • Why are some things more distracting than others?
  • How can you get better at overcoming distraction?
  • Is it sometimes good to be distracted?
  • How might we improve our attention span?
  • How good are adolescents at reading people’s emotions?

This activity is designed to help young people to understand the science of the human brain as well as reflecting on what this means for their daily lives, and well being.