NPR writer Richard Knox published an article on the teenage brain to help answer the question many parents ask their teenagers, “What were you thinking?” Pediatric Neurologist Frances Jensen learned that the question is not what teens think but rather how. The teenage brain itself is not fully developed yet, and a crucial part of the brain, the frontal lobes, are not fully connected. Jensen says, “It’s the part of the brain that says: ‘Is this a good idea? What is the consequence of this action?'” Basically, due to a lack of myelination of the frontal lobes, access to this part of the brain is slower. The brain cannot communicate that fast. Additionally, Jensen points out that youths are more vulnerable to addiction because it has been, “show to be essentially a form of ‘learning.'”
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