Here’s an interesting article from NPR: Why Teens are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone and Should Protect Their Brains.
From the article: “This insulation process starts in the back of the brain and heads toward the front. Brains aren’t fully mature until people are in their early 20s, possibly late 20s and maybe even beyond, Jensen says.
‘The last place to be connected — to be fully myelinated — is the front of your brain,’ Jensen says. ‘And what’s in the front? Your prefrontal cortex and your frontal cortex. These are areas where we have insight, empathy, these executive functions such as impulse control, risk-taking behavior.’ “