Peter's work focuses on the developmental origins of major mental illnesses, particularly schizophrenia and the psychoses. Several newspapers today reported on comments he gave in London during a discussion on recent research that shows that brain development takes place for a longer period than was previously thought. This may explain in part why people in their twenties are more susceptible to mental health problems whereas people in their thirties and older are at a reduced risk of mental health problems.
"There isn't a childhood and then an adulthood. People are on a pathway, they're on a trajectory." - Professor Peter Jones
Last Friday Peter gave a talk in the Lee Hall as part of WOLFSON EXPLORES |Transformation|, in which he discusses brain maturity and mental health in young people, including research he was involved with along with Wolfson Junior Research Fellow Julieta Galante on mindfulness interventions for mental health. You can watch the presentation below.