Not just smaller, but different: how children’s brains are different to grown-ups’.

Over the past 10-15 years, research in neuroscience and psychology has uncovered a trove of valuable information about how children’s brains develop. The picture that has emerged is not simply that children’s brains are immature versions of adult’s brains, but rather one of difference: a child’s brain differs in certain key ways from an adult’s brain. This makes them better at some key things than adults are - a child learns language, for example, far faster than an adult. But it also means that there are some things that children find particularly hard in comparison with adults.

In this talk Dr Sam Wass presents research scientific research into brain development in children, and how we can use this new understanding to change how we interact with children.