Animation on the brain for Oxford scientists

Never ones to sit on our laurels, we have once again been flexing our noodles in the name of science. This time we teamed up with neurologists and psychologists from the University of Oxford, to create an animation that explains their research into the teenage brain. It's part of our series for Oxford Sparks

During adolescence our brains are busy completing the huge task of pruning its underused synapses, creating order, and developing its powers for logical thought. The remaining connectors develop a wrapping called myelin that increases the speed at which they can send signals. This fatty white substance gives them the pale appearance of the brain’s white matter. This process won't be finished until we reach our mid-twenties, and until it is, some parts of our brains will be less mature than others. 

This results in what we might regard as 'typically teenage' behaviour - more erratic, obsessive, impulsive and emotional than we exhibit as adults. 

So, doing our bit for parent-teenager relations the world over, we hope this animation makes it a little easier for us all to enjoy the rollercoaster ride.

Check out our latest animation showreel, and more of our recent projects, on the animation page.