Your amazing brain

Let’s start with your brain! Right now, as an adolescent (fancy word for teen), your brain is undergoing some incredible development. It’s working hard to create strong connections and pathways, many of these will be there the rest of your life. Your brain can tell you stories when you're sleeping. It sends you alarm signals to run or fight when it senses danger. If you think about it, your brain is pretty amazing!

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The development of your brain

As your body grows and changes so does your brain! It matures by fits and starts in a sequence that moves from the back of the brain to the front. These images show 15 years of development, pruning and stregthening of neurons and nerve pathways. Scientists have found the brain isn’t fully mature until about 25 years old and the last part of the brain to develop is the prefrontal cortex, the ‘Boss’ part of the brain.

Inside your brain

The average human brain weighs about 1.5kg and has the consistency of thick jelly! It’s the command center for our body, it makes new connections in seconds and new pathways in minutes. Life is constantly changing our brain, from storing a memory to learning a new skill.