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The film series ’Mind Your Teens’ HOW THE TEENAGE BRAIN WORKS

What happens in the brain during adolescence? A lot of things, of course. The film series ’Mind Your Teens’ is about the intense development of the brain that occurs during adolescence. The research presented is based upon five themes, and you will learn more about why teenagers are often extra tired, why mood swings are so common, and why young people are more risk-prone than adults.

1. Sleep

The brain is at least as active when we sleep as it is while we are awake. In fact, sleep is a prerequisite for the brain to develop and grow properly. This is the basis for the expression "it pays to sleep on it.” What happens if you sleep too little? In the section on sleep, we learn how sleep affects us and how important it is for our development.

2. Friends

In adolescence, everything revolves around friends. They are often the people that you imitate and want recognition from, rather than one’s parents (as it was in younger years). As teenagers become more independent from their parents, relationships are put to the test and belonging becomes important. This section addresses why this is so and how it affects a teenager's everyday life.


We all need confirmation and ‘kicks.’ Otherwise, life will turn gray. The brain's reward system is basically about survival. But sometimes the brain rewards us for things that pose great risks. And young people are more risk-prone than adults. Why this is so, and how reward and risk are connected, is explained in this section.

4. Emotions

In adolescence, adolescents are guided more by emotions than by logical thinking. The experiences are stronger during this period. But what are the consequences of the intense emotional life of teenagers? And why is it that many young people feel that they have mental illness today? The brain's emotional centre is the focus of this section.

5. Learning

We learn in order to live life. But we can also learn throughout all of our lives. The brain is dynamic and changing. It has the ability to learn new things and relearn others over a long, long time. But what really happens in the brain when we learn? How do we learn? And what are memories? When society changes, so does the learning environment. What are the consequences?