From looking at how the brain functions at all ages to how nutrition impacts development to how certain life events impact the brain, the brain has always been a fascinating topic for ConnectU participants. With the advancement of recent technologies that allows us to see into the brain, including fMRIs (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and other techniques, a whole new era of research covering the life span of the brain has emerged.
Brain development has been a recurring ConnectU workshop topic. Below are some of the general resources on brain development as well as resources related to specific past workshop topics.
General Brain Development
- The Secret Life of the Brain – episodes from the PBS landmark series covering the brain across the life span
- Brain Connection – variety of current topics and news related to brain function
- Center on the Developing Child – Harvard University’s site dedicated to science-based innovation and breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity
- Tools of the Mind – using play to teach executive function
- Executive Function: Skills for Life and Learning – video from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child
- Building the Brain’s “Air Traffic Control System: How Early Experiences Shape the Development of Executive Function – working paper from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child
Infancy & Early Childhood
- Minnesota Parents Know – resources and activities tailored to help children grow, develop and learn at all ages
- Wonder Years Virtual Tour – Brain Pruning – overview of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Wonder Years exhibit
- Families with Teens – Information on meeting the challenges of raising teens for both parents and professionals from the University of Minnesota Extension
- Inside the Teenage Brain – Frontline special on teen brain development and current parenting and policy issues around how the teen brain functions
- John Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health – research and resources on adolescent health topics as well as activities for professionals and students