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Adolescent Brain Development


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Adolescent Brain Development

  1. 1. Adolescent Brain Development<br />By Josh, Mary, Amanda, Anna, and Caleb<br />
  2. 2. Contents<br />Brain Development<br />Effects of Alcohol Use<br />Teens and Understanding<br />
  3. 3. Brain Development<br />Contrary to previous beliefs, the human brain is<br />still developing during teen years and even into the 20’s. There is a second overproduction of grey matter at this age, after which the brain goes through a pruning period. Teens can control the way that their brains develop.<br />
  4. 4. Effects of Alcohol Use<br />Teens are more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol than adults. They can suffer long-term effects as a result of drinking alcohol.<br />
  5. 5. Teens and Understanding<br />Teens differ from adults in their ability to read and understand emotions. Their frontal lobe, <br />which controls rational thinking, is less active than the amygdala, which is involved in discriminating fear and other emotions. Since teens process information differently than adults, <br />arguments between parents and teens.<br />