Adolescent Brain Reaching for Autonomy

ISBN-10: 1412926114

ISBN-13: 9781412926119

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robert Sylwester

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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 1/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Robert Sylwester is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Oregon who focuses on the educational implications of new developments in science and technology. He has written 20 books and curricular programs and 200+ journal articles. His most recent books are The Adolescent Brain: Reaching for Autonomy (2007, Corwin Press) and How to Explain a Brain: An Educator's Handbook of Brain Terms and Cognitive Processes (2005, Corwin Press). He received two Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Education Press Association of America for his syntheses of cognitive science research, published in Educational Leadership. He has made 1600+ conference and staff development presentations on educationally significant developments in brain/stress theory and research. Sylwester wrote a monthly column for the Internet journal, Brain Connection, throughout its 2000-2009 existence, and is now a regular contributor to the Information Age Education Newsletter (

About the Author
Adolescence in Contemporary Society: Being Somewhat Confused
Confusion Within Adolescents
Confusion About Adolescents
An Introduction to the Issues Explored in Subsequent Chapters
Brain Organization and Development: Being Human
Mirror Neurons
The Organization of the Human Brain
The Development of the Human Brain
Maintaining a Developing Brain
Sexuality and Bonding: Maintaining Our Species
Biological Differences
Interpreting Gender Differences
Cultural Confusion
Human Bonding Behavior
Emerging Cultural Conflicts
The Hazards of Sexual Pleasure
Productivity and Vocation: Maintaining Our Planet
A 21st-Century Curriculum for 21st-Century Students
A 21st-Century Vocation
Home, School, and Vocation
Morality and Ethics: Maintaining Our Culture
Factual Knowledge and Decisions
Adaptive Preferences and Choices
The Development of Our Moral/Ethical Base
Risks and Security: Going Beyond the Known
Our Brain's Regulatory Systems
From Emotional Arousal to Conscious Decision
The Biology of Risk and Security
Adults and Adolescent Risks
Technology and Drugs: Going Beyond Nature
Biological Stress
Technological Enhancement
Drug Support
Psychoactive Drugs: A Primer
The Arts and Humanities: Going Beyond Reality
Language, Music, and Dance
The Humanities
Collaboration and Autonomy: Going Beyond Adolescence
The Reach for Autonomy
Neurotransmitters and Neural Transmission
The Cerebral Cortex
References and Resources
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