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Lounge Bar Lecture Series: Inside the teenage brain!

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Join us at our Lounge Bar Lecture on Inside the Teenage Brain: A user's guide.

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Quench your thirst for knowledge and get the intellectual juices free flowing with an engaging and interactive series of lectures from prominent researchers and teaching academics who are experts in their field.

These free public lectures showcase how university research is changing people's lives. Learn how the work being done in lecture theatres and labs is having a real impact in our community.

Topic 1: Inside the teenage brain!

Moving from childhood to adulthood is not easy! Aside from the fact that many hormones are changing a young person’s body, they, and other chemicals, are also changing their brains. This presentation offers a look at some of the latest neuroscientific research related to the teenage brain and reminds us that teenagers are not miniature adults. The teenage brain’s capacity for responsible decision making along with issues surrounding risk taking, sensation seeking, and addiction are explored within the understanding that teenagers sometimes will do things that would make an eight year old cringe in disbelief!

Presenter: Dr Michael Nagel is an Associate Professor in Child Development and Learning at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he teaches and researches in the areas of cognition, human development, behaviour and learning. He is the author of thirteen books on child development and learning used by teachers and parents in over twenty countries.

Nominated as Australian Lecturer of the Year each year since 2010, Dr Nagel has been an invited guest on ‘TV New Zealand Breakfast’, ‘Canada AM’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’ and ‘The Project’. Dr Nagel is also the Queensland Director of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, is a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society, and is a feature writer for ‘Jigsaw’ and the ‘Child’ series of magazines, which collectively offers parenting advice to more than one million Australian readers.

Topic 2: Motivation and resilience: Keys to teenage challenges

Resilience in the face of challenge or failure leads to improved problem-solving skills, self-confidence and success. So why under stress, do some teenagers wilt and wither away, while others roll up their sleeves and try again, try harder, or try something different? How can we harness our understanding of resilient young people to better support them when faced with life’s inevitable challenges?

Presenter: Dr Rachael Sharman is a senior lecturer and researcher in psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast, specialising in child/adolescent development. Rachael's research is focused on the optimal and healthy development of the paediatric brain, and has covered the neuro/psychological impacts of: dietary practices of parents and their children; physical activity; obesity; depression; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; phenylketonuria; concussion and childhood trauma.

Rachael is an enthusiastic and engaging public speaker and regularly appears in the media, including newspapers, magazines (Time), internet (ABC The Drum, The Conversation), radio (ABC and commercial), and television (news, The Project, SBS Insight).

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