The teenage brain

Adolescence triggers brain — and behavioral — changes that few kids or adults understand

By Amanda Leigh Mascarelli, 14:20 PM October 17, 2012

It’s not easy being a teenager.

The teen years can play out like a choose-your-own-adventure novel, where everyday temptations lead to tough decisions. What if I took that big jump on my bike? What’s the worst thing that could happen if I snuck out after curfew? Should I try smoking?

Teenagers must act on an endless parade of choices. Some choices, including smoking, come with serious consequences. As a result, adolescents often find themselves trapped between their impulsive tendencies (Just t...

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