Dealing with the teenage brain… they really ARE wired differently!

COMPRESSED 4 kids outsideScientists used to think human brain development was pretty complete by age 10; that a teenage brain was just an adult brain with fewer miles on it. But recent research has shown that the rational part of a teen’s brain (the frontal cortex) is not fully developed until he or she is 25 years old.

Adults use the frontal cortex to evaluate choices, make decisions and act accordingly in each situation. The teenage brain doesn’t appear to work like this. Teens process information with the amydgala, the area of the brain that seeks pleasure and reward. In imaging studies that …