Dr Michael Nagel

Dr Michael Nagel

Dr Michael Nagel

What makes them tick? Why our children do what they do! |

Have you ever wondered why children act and behave the way they do? Have you marvelled at the stages of development you have witnessed and simultaneously felt bewildered by that very journey of growth and maturation? This presentation unlocks some of the mysteries of the development of the mind from birth through adolescence by examining the developing brain and shedding light on why children and teenagers may act the way they do. A look at this development provides dads with some insights into the importance of just saying ‘no’ to a toddler and understanding why adolescents seem to have difficulty explaining their actions when doing the ‘wrong’ thing or indeed why they are, at times, seemingly incapable of responsible decision making. The aim of the presentation is to bring science to the role of being a dad in a positive and helpful manner.

Dr Michael C Nagel is an Associate Professor within the School of Education at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he researches and teaches in the areas of cognition, human development and learning. A prolific author, he has written thirteen books related to child development with a particular interest in the developing paediatric brain, behaviour and learning. Along with being a contributor to a number of textbooks used in undergraduate and postgraduate education courses throughout Australia, Dr Nagel has been nominated as ‘Australian Lecturer of the Year’ each year since 2010 and has been an invited expert on ‘Canada AM’, ‘TV New Zealand Breakfast’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘A Current Affair’ and ‘The Project’. Dr Nagel is also a member of the prestigious International Neuropsychological Society, the Queensland Director of the Australian Council on Children and the Media, and is a feature writer for the Jigsaw and Child series of magazines, which collectively offers parenting and educational advice to more than one million Australian readers. When he is not busy professionally, he spends his time learning the important lessons of adolescence and life from his own children, Madeline and Harrison.

Find out more about Dr Nagel at www.michaelnagel.com.au.