All About Me

Girl reading the book Me and My Memory with a dog on her lap
Girl reading the book What We See and Don't See

Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

This All About Me series of books will help anyone aged from 11 to at least 21 to understand what they are going through during this time of transition from adolescence to adulthood.  A time described by the psychologist Dr. Robert Ornstein in the Foreword to this series: “… when your brain is, as it were, open during remodeling.”

Both entertaining and informative, this series of 4 titles help us understand what is going on during this difficult time.  They help readers of this age group not only to understand themselves, but to take advantage of this very important time in their lives. 

The books provide fundamental information about our nature that should be common knowledge.  It is good, solid information readily available and scientifically validated. For example, what psychologists know about how we see, think, and feel, how these abilities work, how they change, grow or get stuck and how reliable they are as we try to make sense of ourselves, our friends, our relatives and the world around us. 

The All About Me series is also correlated to the Common Core State Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (available in the Free Resources section for each title) and to the WIDA PRIME Inventory by a WIDA-trained correlator. To read a report by the All About Me correlator, click here.

General Editors:

Denise Nessel, Ph.D. An associate of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education (NUA), where she focuses on teaching reading and writing as thinking processes in grades K-12. She has written several books and classroom resources for teachers and a number of articles for professional journals.

Robert Ornstein, Ph.D. Psychologist and author of twenty titles, the most recent of which is MindReal – How the Mind Creates its Own Virtual Reality. Ornstein has won awards from more than a dozen organizations, including the American Psychological Association and UNESCO. His pioneering research on the bilateral specialization of the brain has done much to advance our understanding of how we think.

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