The learning teenager

Prof. dr. Jelle Jolles 

Why do teenagers find it so hard to make choices? And how do boys and girls differ? “The learning teenager” is a line of research that focuses on pupils in secondary schools and vocational training schools, and on the development of their executive functions. Students in this phase of life differ widely in terms of their neuropsychological skills, motivation to learn, ability to make choices, plan and make decisions, and in terms of empathy and self-regulation. The researchers expect that a better understanding of these mechanisms might lead to “educational innovation in a brain & learning perspective” by contributing to the professionalization of the teaching profession, for example.