The Teen Species: Adolescent Brain Development


The Teen Species: Adolescent Brain Development

  • November 20, 2020
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What's going on in the teen brain? How do they think and make decisions? Professor and researcher Dr. Abigail Baird takes us through an engaging discovery of the fundamentals of how teen brains develop and how they learn to become more aware and gain understanding. She reviews research that guides adolescent brain development in teens and begins their journey to adulthood in this presentation prepared for Claritycon Reimagined.


  • Describe the basics of brain development as it relates to the communication within the brain.
  • Describe how teens frontal cortex becomes more proficient through experience.
  • Understand how peer influence plays a role in teen learning and what it means for parents, educators and others who work with teens.


Abigail A. Baird is a Professor of Psychology at Vassar College, and the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Adolescent Science. She earned her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and both and MA and a PhD from Harvard University. Professor Baird's research examines the brain and behavioral basis of adolescent development. Her work centers around the ways in which social, emotional, cognitive, and brain-based changes impact the ways and means by which adolescents become adults. Professor Baird is the author of two books and has published numerous peer-reviewed and popular press articles. Her research has received awards from Harvard University and the Society for Research on Psychopathology. She is the recipient of Harvard's George Goethals Teaching Prize, as well as the Class of 1962 Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, awarded by Dartmouth College. In 2012 Abigail (along with colleague Craig Bennett) was awarded the prestigious Ig Nobel Prize in Neuroscience. A prize awarded by previous Nobel Laureates for "science that first makes people laugh and then makes them think." 

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