How Teenage Brains Differ From Adult Brains (NPR)

Although scientists used to think brain development was done by 10, studies are increasingly showing a different timeline. Most parents will likely not be surprised to learn that “a crucial part of the [teenage] brain — the frontal lobes — are not fully connected,” which means that things like insight and judgment are not yet wholly developed, according to NPR.

Adolescents’ brains are also more excitable, and their brain chemistry makes them extra responsive to their environment, which helps them learn but also makes them more susceptible to stimulants such as alcohol and drugs.

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