Changing Perceptions About Changes in the Teen Brain: An Overview

  • Carol Goldfus University of the Free State
  • Anit Karny-Tagger
Keywords: well-being, neuro processes, metareview, adolscent development, learning, memory, brain, social mechanism, emotional mechanism, risk mechanism, reward mechanism


Education changes the brain. The purpose of this meta-review is to afford teachers access to the most upto- date research regarding principal neuro-processes of adolescent development and behavior to improve students’ well-being and motivation in the classroom. This includes facets such as emotional, social, risk and reward mechanisms, stressors, technology, and learning. Understanding the scientific basis behind processes, such as learning and memory, empowers teachers with the knowledge to quantify the effects of their teaching on the brain, to facilitate successful learning, and to contribute to the present as well as future health and well-being of their adolescent students.

Author Biographies

Carol Goldfus, University of the Free State

Carol Goldfus received her doctorate from the University of Birmingham, England and postdoctoral research in neuroscience from Haifa and Bar Ilan University, Israel. She is currently a research fellow at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Her research interests include cognitive intervention in adolescents with languagerelated disabilities, the development of metacognition, reading comprehension, and memory. Within the field of teacher education, she is developing and researching the new field of Educational Neuroscience.

Anit Karny-Tagger

Anit Karny-Tagger completed a B.A. in English Literature and Political Science at Tel-Aviv University. She has taught in middle school education for several years and recently completed a Graduate Degree in education from the Levinsky College of Education, in Tel Aviv. She is currently an independent researcher focusing on middle school education and the teenage brain.

How to Cite
Goldfus, C., & Karny-Tagger, A. (2017). Changing Perceptions About Changes in the Teen Brain: An Overview. LEARNing Landscapes, 10(2), 173-187.