Parents have long been frustrated with their teenager’s “what was he thinking” moments. Why do bright, thoughtful adolescents so often do things that are foolish and reckless? We now know the reason: their brains are not finished growing. Specifically, the pleasure center is not completely hooked up to the judgement center.
The good news is that, contrary to what people used to believe, the teenage brain can change, which means that there really are “late bloomers.”
Neurologist Frances Jensen, with journalist Amy Ellis Nutt, as written a book on the subject The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Read from a review after the jump. [Read more…]