More on the teen brain

Research continues to accumulate on the neurological development of the teen-aged brain and decision making.  A new report has been published  as part of a special issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, focused on understanding the teenage brain.    A summary, reported in MedicalNewsToday, suggests that the key to the risk-taking behaviours of teens is the influence of their peers, with whom they spend a lot more time than with adults!  Getting the message to the peer group seems to be very important, but how to do this effectively?


1 Response to “More on the teen brain”

  1. 1 Joseph S April 23, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    This take away message is sobering and scary. After decades of watching teens do more and more ‘adult’ things – often risk taking with dire consequences – accepted as ‘yes, teens are more mature these days compared to our own adolescence’, we now have evidence to the contrary about important aspects of neurodevelopment related to these ‘teen problems’.

    We need to find an influence to counter that of the peer group at the same level of neurodevelopment maturity.

    Hope this rambling makes sense …

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