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.”

Read more at … http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/11410483/Revealed-the-science-behind-teenage-laziness.html

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