YOUTH & The science behind risky behavior in teens

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “Neuroscientists have confirmed what every parent suspected, that teenagers brains are not fully wired up-during their teen years making them night-owls, impulsive and more likely to take risks. The leading force behind this research is UK neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. The British paper, The Telegraph gives a good introduction to her research, including facts such as asking young people to get up at 7 AM is like asking an adult to rise at 5 AM due to different neurological clocks. Read this helpful article and then watch the linked TED Talk to better understand appropriate responses to teenage behavior.”

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Plus, watch Sarah-Jayne Blakemore’s insightful and entertaining TED Talk, The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain, here: