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PubTALK - The social life of a teenage brain

Kent's Q-Step Centre
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We are very please to welcome Dr Heather Ferguson who will be discussing 'the social life of a teenage brain'. More details will be updated on here in due course.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and entry is free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to stay behind after the talks to continue the discussions for a drink or two. Please see our website for more information - https://www.kent.ac.uk/qstep/pubtalk.html

Looking forward to seeing you there! :)

Understanding and predicting other people’s thoughts, feelings, intentions etc is a unique human ability that develops from early infancy, and is often referred to as ‘mindreading'. In fact, in every day life these mindreading abilities are engaged so readily that it's easy to forget just how complex they are – we are constantly working out what other people do/do not know, to ensure successful interactions, and avoid misunderstandings or embarrassment!

For a long time, it has been assumed that children reach adult-like levels in these important social skills by around 7 years old. In this this talk, Heather Ferguson will explore the ‘black box’ of a teenager’s mind to discuss how social communication abilities continue to develop change across the teenage years, and what might influence these changes, both positively and negatively.