Reviews

  • "Absolutely fascinating"

    BBC Breakfast
  • "An <b>engaging and interesting</b> book, written comprehensibly for a non-specialist audience. You will understand your children and your former selves better for reading it and you will bust a few myths as you go."

    The Times
  • "There are few people more qualified to explain [adolescence] than the author of this <b>compelling </b>book. What I enjoyed most about this book was the <b>readability and personal style</b> of the narrative. Blakemore manages to present a <b>highly accessible</b> account of the science, without ever compromising on detail or depth…there is almost a sense that the reader is in the lab, listening in on the discussions and taking part in the decisions….This book has something to offer everyone … Blakemore <b>provides a unique and very up-to-date insight</b> into the changes that occur during this intriguing period."

    The Psychologist
  • "<p><i>Inventing Ourselves </i>is an accessible introduction both<br>to neuroscience and experimental psychology, covering<br>basic research techniques while providing an overview of<br>recent studies of adolescence that will be of interest even<br>to someone familiar with these fields. This balance is in<br>large part due to the author’s ability to explain nuanced<br>experiments with an infectious enthusiasm that engages<br>the reader’s curiosity. Blakemore approaches the topic with<br>a sympathy and respect for the adolescents she works with<br>that is genuinely admirable. <b>For anyone looking back on</b><br><b></b><b>their teenage years, trying to raise a teenager, or working</b><br><b></b><b>with adolescents, this book can help foster understanding</b><br><b></b><b>about why adolescents act the way they do and how we</b><br><b>become our adult selves.</b><br><b></b></p>"

    Lancet Neurology
  • "A brainy guide to the science behind teenagers' behaviour ... Inventing Ourselves is <b>a timely book</b>. Blakemore points out that we sometimes put too much trust in scientific studies, which, after all, produce findings not facts, and suggests that whatever we read about neuroscience “should be swallowed with a substantial swig of scepticism”. Sarah-Jayne Blakemore nails some neuro-myths and calls out the snake-oil salesmen, but warns against throwing the neuroscience baby out with the “brain baloney” bathwater."

    TES