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Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence

Apr 7, 2015 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Location: 
Robertson Hall
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Laurence Steinberg, Distinguished University Professor, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University; author, "Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence"

Laurence Steinberg, distinguished university professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University, will discuss his recent book, “Age of Opportunity: Lessons From the New Science of Adolescence,” at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

A leading authority on psychological development during adolescence, Steinberg will draw on new research to explain why the adolescent years are so developmentally crucial, and what we must do to raise happier, more successful kids.

Adolescence now lasts longer than ever before, and Steinberg argues this makes these years the key period in determining individuals’ life outcomes. This demands that we change the way we parent, educate and understand young people, according to Steinberg.

In “Age of Opportunity,” Steinberg leads readers through a host of new findings that reveal what the new timetable of adolescence means for parenting 13-year-olds (who may look more mature than they really are) versus 20-somethings (who may not be floundering even when it looks like they are).

He also explains how the plasticity of the adolescent brain, rivaling that of birth through age 3, suggests new strategies for instilling self-control during the teenage years.