Living with, educating or caring for a teenager comes with all sorts of ups and downs. Emotional outbursts and drama may seem like standard behavior, but having a clear understanding of the teenage brain can help provide you with a better picture of where and when trauma and other stressors might interrupt normal brain development. Today we've provided links and resources to help you better understand the brain of teenagers.
Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Scientists have identified a specific region of the brain called the amygdala that is responsible for immediate reactions including fear and aggressive behavior. This region develops early. However, the frontal cortex, the area of the brain that controls reasoning and helps us think before we act, develops later. This part of the brain is still changing and maturing well into adulthood. Click Here to Read More...
The Teen Brain in a Grown-up World
Over the past decade, researchers like Casey have tried to understand how the brain changes and matures during adolescence. They’ve discovered that while cognitive abilities mature, on average, at about 16 or 17 years of age, a teenager’s performance on the tasks that measure those abilities is highly dependent on emotional and social information. Click Here to Read More...
The Teen Years: Brain Development and Trauma Recovery
However, trauma, abuse, neglect, major life transitions, and other past experiences or environments contribute to how the brain develops during the crucial period, as the brain calls upon familiar behaviors or frequently used parts of the brain to determine what areas of the brain to strengthen and what areas to weaken in this mental “growth spurt.” Click Here to Read More...
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