Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Top Ten 2012 Brain Posts: #8 Adolescent Brain

The number eight highest ranked post in 2012 was my summary of the TED talk by Dr. Sarah Blakemore.  

In this presentation, she summarizes some of what is known about brain development during adolescents.

Adolescents brains tend to lag in key brain regions and circuits associated with executive function.  The results in increased impulsive behavior and risk taking. 

Significant brain development continues into the early twenties.  Adolescence and early adulthood provides an outstanding window for brain training in cognitive as well as psychomotor tasks.

Photo of manger scene from the author's files.

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