The adolescent brain

by DRM

Here’s a striking graphic for those of us who are raising children, or who wonder what made us do the things we did when we were 18.

The five brain scans show how the brain matures from the ages of 5 to 20. Those parts of the brain that control impulse and help to drive focus sit in the frontal lobes (far away from the amygdala, the part of the basal ganglia that governs our animal reactions. Note that the frontal lobes are the very last to mature. An adolescent has the functioning brain power of an adult — you can imagine that they are able to exercise their full mental abilities — without the same degree of development in those parts of their brain that help to control impulse, fully consider consequence and maintain focus on longer-term goals.

Explains a lot, doesn’t it?

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