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The Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-0393705423 ISBN-10: 0393705420

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393705420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393705423
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[R]efreshing and comprehensive….an excellent resource for any professional who works with adolescents.” (Gregory Barclay, MD - ASAP Newsletter)

“Spear’s thorough and remarkably accessible synthesis of recent research on the neuroscience of adolescence lays to rest any misguided notion that adolescence is little more than a social construction. Not only is this the best book ever written on the biological bases of adolescence, it is one of the most important books written about this stage of development, period. Every serious student of adolescence, whether a neuroscientist or not, must read this book.” (Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Temple University, and author of Adolescence)

“[A] very detailed and well-written introduction to the growth and functioning of the brain and its relation to adolescent thought and behavior.” (PsycCRITIQUES)

“Dr. Spear brilliantly captures the complexity of adolescent and, likewise, the complexity of studying adolescence. Her work underscores the many levels of analysis needed to understand the adolescent brain, the respective degree of error in measurement at each of these levels, and how simplistic theories of adolescent brain development cannot adequately capture this developmental period.” (BJ Casey, PhD, Director of The Sackler Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College)

“I recommend this book for both neuroscientists and parents. Dr. Spear has written a masterly, insightful, and scholarly work covering a broad range of complex topics including genetics and epigenetics, neuroanatomy, synaptic cell biology, adolescent psychology, and how they all drive adolescent maturation.” (Fulton T. Crews, PhD, Bowles Center for Alcohol Studeis, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill)

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Linda Spear, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University, SUNY. She lives in Binghamton, New York.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence is a pick for college-level collections strong in psychology and psychotherapy, and offers the latest research on developmental changes in the adolescent brain and how they change our understanding of adolescent behaviors. The neuroscience of the adolescent brain considers how brain changes linked to behavior change the approach and nature of adolescent therapy, making this a pick for college libraries strong in psychotherapy approaches and science.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on March 11, 2010
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This is an excellent, well-written, and easy-to-read evidenced-based summary of the best research available on the adolescent brain. It is a good reference for parents and clinical psychologists to better understand why teenagers act the way they do, and it may give professionals insights they hadn't considered into how to treat/help those kids that need it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam D. Hasenbein on September 11, 2011
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The book is deep in grasping an understanding how the brain functions. The detail with which the author goes into in discussing adolescent brain development is actually quite impressive. I would say though, and I try to be a critical thinker, that I feel like I'm constantly asking the question "so what?" at the end if each chapter. In other words, what is the significance in understanding adolescent behavior in light of the topics just covered.
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As a doctoral student studying adolescent brain development, I was very excited to read this book from an undoubtedly excellent scientist. The writing is elegant, and the subject matter brilliantly divided into 10 chapters. Dr. Spear covers a lot of ground in this relatively small text, from anthropology to animal models, to complicated brain imaging techniques. However, having some knowledge of this field, I started to notice some of her assertions were not adequately supported, and some were actually wrong. I noticed the studies cited for certain statements did not actually support the statement, or even supported the opposite. This is really frustrating, because I am not sure if I can trust some of the assertions made in fields that I am not familiar with without checking all the references along the way. To be more positive, there are many times in the book that Dr. Spear has referenced supporting studies, and the subjects covered are great food for thought regardless of the specifics of results. Overall, I am disappointed by the book and am not sure if I trust everything I thought I had just learned by reading it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diana Cortes on December 4, 2012
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The book The Behavioral Neuroscience of Adolescence is written by Linda Spear who is a professor in psychology. Linda Spear does research in behavioral neuroscience and development with a focus on neurobehavioral function during adolescence. The central thesis in the book is an adolescent's typical ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving as a result of normal developmental changes in the adolescent brain.
The book explains how adolescence is a transition from childhood to adulthood, going from dependent to independent. Linda Spear goes more in depth on how adolescence consists of the entire transformation from childhood to adulthood, where as puberty refers more to restricted time of change and sexual maturation. Linda Spear writes about how adolescence is the greatest time for the emergence of psychological disorders like depression and anxiety to happen. She also explains how adolescent's typical behavior, expectation, and emotions are interpreted and are strongly dependent on the overall sociocultural environment. The book makes it clear how sociocultural practices influence not only how adolescence is viewed within a society, but also how the timing of the physiological transformation of puberty has in impact in an adolescents life.
The revolution of genetics provides helpful tools to help explore the genetics of adolescence. Linda Spears explains how genes change during the adolescence stage and how the remodeling of the brain contributes to the patter of hormonal, behavioral, and psychological transformations. Puberty hormones stimulate an increase in sexual interest and other moods and behaviors. Linda Spear explains how the brain is the most complex organ that continues to change throughout life.
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