Category - Teen
steinberg, who has authored a book on the teenage development called, age of opportunity lessons from the new science of adolescence, says the newest brain research suggests that adolescence is a time of exceptional plasticity, where the brain can remodel itself in response to the environment. And because brain development and decision-making are closely related, adolescents arent as good at planning ahead and making careful decisions. To understand further, lets look at how the teen brain develops and the different areas of the brain. brain maturity extends well beyond teen years under most laws, young people are recognized as adults at age 18. But emerging science about brain development suggests that most people dont reach. Although adolescence is a vulnerable time for the brain and for teenagers in general, most teens go on to become healthy adults. Some changes in the brain during this important phase of development actually may help protect against long-term mental disorders. In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brains rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. research has shown that a teenagers brain does not resemble an adults fully matured brain until they reach their early 20s. This means that teenage years are still very much part of their development stages and their behavior during that time can be characterized by impulses, risk-taking, escalating emotions and a lack of thought for consequences. Research have led to the ability to see inside the adolescent brain these studies indicate that the brain, not hormones, is responsible for teens thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Brain research is a new frontier, and studies show that neuroscience has had little impact on the institution of education (blakemore & frith, 2005). advances in understanding adolescent brain development may aid future treatments of mental illness and alcohol and substance use disorders, according to new research. a popular theory in recent neuroscience proposes that slow development of the prefrontal cortex -- and its weak connectivity with brain reward regions --. recent research sheds new light on the effects of cannabis on the brain. It reveals a complex pattern of potential harms and benefits that varies with age and disease.