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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore: The mysterious workings of the adolescent brain

posted Feb 13, 2014, 6:29 AM by lhartkopf@rsu20.org   [ updated Feb 13, 2014, 6:30 AM ]

Why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive, so much less self-aware than grown-ups? Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults, to show us how typically “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore studies the social brain -- the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people -- and how it develops in adolescents. 

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