Friday, October 2, 2015


     When you hear the word teenagers you think impatient, irritable, and more. I describe teenagers as creative, open minded, and confused. Researchers from Berlin's Max Planck Institute for Human Development, said that teenagers act like this not because of hormones or just acting up. Teenagers act this way because two parts of their brain has not fully developed yet, it is called dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the striatum. The dorsolateral prefrontal cortex plans for the future and the striatum evaluates the rewards of a decision.
     Wouter van den Bos led the study. The study involved 50 people from ages 8-25 years old. Each individual was asked the same question;"Would you rather have €20 ($30.34) now or €50 ($75.85) in a month? As expected, the impatient adolescents mostly opted for the instant cash."
     Researchers say that teenagers are reckless because they underestimate their risks. When teens take a step back and think about their decision they can make a rational choice and act like adults. 

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