Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK
The UCL Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group focuses on neurocognitive development in typically developing adolescents. We are particularly interested in the development of the social brain – that is, the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people – and the development of decision-making.
Research on the adolescent brain and cognition is beginning to shed light on adolescent-typical behaviour such as heightened risk-taking and peer influence. In the future, the findings could potentially have implications for education, criminal justice, mental health and other public policy areas affecting young people.