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Free Public Presentation: The Teenage Brain

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Cardston Junior High School is inviting the community to learn more about an age-old mystery – the teenage brain.
The Westwind school will host Dr. Robbin Gibb, a brain researcher at the University of Lethbridge, in a free public presentation on Thursday, March 26 beginning 7 p.m. in the gym.
Gibb, who has presented earlier on related topics in our area, is with the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. She will explain that the teenage years are characterized by dramatic changes in both behaviour and brain.  Gonadal hormones stimulate the brain to undergo extensive changes in regions responsible for decision-making, risk-taking, and emotional control.
       Often parents and educators feel unprepared to deal with the emotional rollercoaster and unpredictable behaviour that many teens display, says Gibb.
 
          An understanding of how brain architecture is changing in teens so they are able to assume adult-like behaviour and how important parental/ teacher guidance is in decision-making at this time of life can help adults working with teens to do so more effectively.'