Your Brainpower

About Brainpower

Did you know that scientists and researchers now agree that adolescence extends from age 10-24 years? This means that most undergraduate students are still adolescents for the duration of their studies.

The brain undergoes massive development during the adolescent years, with capacities like decision-making, planning, self-control, social interaction and self-awareness continuing to develop through the mid-twenties. The brain regions governing risk-taking and reward are particularly active in adolescence, and so influence learning and behaviour.

During this age and stage of life, we are still developing our capacity to understand ourselves and the world in which we live and learn. Negative and positive experiences during this critical period have enduring effects.

What is the 'Your Brainpower' Digital Badge?

Your Brainpower is a free, online, self-paced course, focusing on harnessing the power and potential of adolescent [age 10 - 24 years] brain and behaviour for enhanced learning, wellbeing, and student success in higher education. It was created by a team of academics and scientists from occupational science and occupational therapy (Dr. Eithne Hunt), applied psychology (Dr. Samantha Dockray), and neuroscience (Professor Yvonne Nolan) with contributions from students and higher education staff. We have been teaching and researching adolescent development and wellbeing and supporting students' learning for many years.

If you take Your Brainpower, you will be supported to:

  1. Describe the developmental stage of adolescence
  2. Identify how your stage of development may impact your experiences in higher education, from a biological, psychological, social, and occupational perspective.
  3. Devise personal strategies for enhanced wellbeing, learning, and success.

Although targeted mainly at first and second-year university students, Your Brainpower is likely to be of interest to many secondary school and university students. It is publicly available to all under Creative Commons License so please do share with others if you wish to. This is the link to share:

UCC registered first and second-year students can choose to take Your Brainpower as a digital badge micro-credential by completing the required assessments as evidence of learning - nothing too onerous! You can enrol here if you are UCC registered first or second-year student and wish to explore this option.

Brainpower was funded by National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education under the “Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019” scheme (project no. TL19UCC1486/03).