The revised edition of Blame My Brain – The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed – first published in 2005 and updated in 2007 and 2013. Blame My Brain was shortlisted for the Aventis prize for science-writing, is internationally acclaimed, and has been reprinted many times and translated into other languages.
“Nicola Morgan has that rare gift of being able to communicate science and make it fun. She brings the biology of the brain to the general reader in a way that will not only educate but entertain.” (Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Department of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge University)
“I want to say how much I enjoyed the book. It is excellent and just what is needed.” (Professor John Stein, Oxford University)
“..really good and it taught me a lot about my brain.” (Ross Rae, 13)
“…and me a lot about my son!” (George Rae, 45)
Writing Blame My Brain changed me. I didn’t mean it to. It has changed other adults who have read it, too. Quite simply, it has changed positively the way we react to and think about teenagers.
British Medical Journal, Lesley Morrison, GP: “Written for teenagers but invaluable reading for those coping with them – parents, doctors, and teachers – Blame My Brain, a guide to the biology behind teenage behaviour, is informative, accessible, interactive, and fun. There are self administered “tests,” scientific explanations (including wonderful images of trees to depict brain development), useful advice about emotions, sleep, risk, and harmful behaviours, and guidance about websites and other sources of reliable information. I am a parent of three teenagers, and many of its stories about getting risk in proportion rang bells for me… Although she states clearly that she is not a scientist, she is well qualified to communicate scientific material about “the amazing teenage brain.” Her message to teenagers is subtle but clear: “You might even decide to respect your brain and treat it a bit better, once you know what’s going on inside it.””
The Scotsman, Frank Gerstenberg: “It is very rare that an author succeeds in writing a book for teenagers which is also a “must read” for their parents and teachers. Nicola Morgan has done just that with her Blame My Brain. It does not seek to excuse anti-social teenage behaviour, but it certainly goes a long way to explaining it … There is no adequate text book for parents and their children, but this one fills an important gap, and Morgan deals with all the issues with good humour. … she ends on an optimistic note, emphasising that the brain is indeed a wonderful thing, and that while a small number of teenagers do suffer greatly during their teenage years, the vast majority come through relatively unscathed. Blame My Brain can only help them do that.”
Times Educational Supplement, Rosanne Bartlett, assistant headteacher: “Blame My Brain was written for teenagers, but teachers and parents can benefit from it. … I only wish this book had been around when dealing with my own teenager’s antisocial behaviour. … The sections on alcohol and drug abuse will support PSHE programmes in school, as well as offering useful websites. … This is a good resource to share with students to help them deal with what is potentially the most challenging, but also the most exciting, period in their development.”