NPR: The Science of the Teenage Brain

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Check out the NPR Broadcast from April 15, 2016, and available through ITunes.

Fresh Air’s Terry Gross asks, “Why do teenagers behave like…..teenagers?”  She gets an explanation from neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen, who says our brains are still maturing through our 20s and that the front part of the brain is the last to develop. “And what’s in the front? Your frontal cortex and prefrontal cortex; these are the areas where we have insight, empathy, impulse control,” she says. “Risk-taking behavior is suppressed by activity in your frontal lobes.” Her book is ‘The Teenage Brain.’  She also speaks about teen brain development and its connection to addiction and depression.

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