Why your parents are driving you up the wall

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Tuesday 27 August

The Conversation room

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons Free

Event description

There are countless things telling parents how to deal with argumentative teenagers, but with his new book Dean Burnett has done the opposite.

Covering brains, mental health and body image, and classic disagreement issues like school, social media, and tech, it’s a must read for anyone who is (or was) a teen who’s ever argued with their parents.

Dean is the best selling author of 'The Idiot Brain' and 'The Happy Brain', the Brain Flapping blog for the Guardian and Brain Yapping blog for The Cosmic Shambles Network where he also co-hosts the podcast of the same name. Presented by The Cosmic Shambles Network.

About the speaker

Dr Dean Burnett, neuroscientist, lecturer, author, blogger, podcaster, pundit, science communicator, comedian and numerous other things, depending on who’s asking and what they need.

Previously employed as a psychiatry tutor and lecturer at the Cardiff University Centre for Medical Education, Dean is currently an honorary research associate at Cardiff Psychology School, as well as a Visiting Industry Fellow at Birmingham City University.

However, Dean is currently a full-time author, previously known for his satirical science column ‘Brain Flapping‘ at the Guardian, now Brain Yapping for Cosmic Shambles Network. This led to his internationally acclaimed bestselling debut book ‘The Idiot Brain‘, which has resulted in several further books and even more interesting brain stuff.

Your chair for the evening is Stephanie Merritt. Stephanie started reviewing books professionally while reading English at Queens’ College, Cambridge. After graduating, she became Deputy Literary Editor of The Observer in 1998, where she also wrote features across most sections of the paper (even Sport and Motoring, about which she knows almost nothing). In 2005 she left the desk job to become a full-time writer, and has written for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the New Statesman, Red, Grazia, Marie Claire, New Humanist and the TLS, as well as continuing to contribute regularly to The Observer.

Book signing

Copies of Dean's book, 'Why Your Parents Are Driving You Up the Wall and What To Do About It', will be available for purchase and signing after the talk. 


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


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