ยท Teens Do Think Differently: Research revealed at a recent meeting on adolescent self destructive behavior sponsored by Cambridge Hospital in Massachusetts indicates that teen brains actually function differently from adult brains. Comparing MRI's of teen brain function and adult brain function during facial recognition and word production tasks, researchers found that teen brains showed less activity in the frontal cortex, which organizes and modulates behavior, and more activity than adults in the amygdala, which associates sensory stimuli with emotions. Teens were more likely to misread facial expressions and to react strongly in certain situations. The study provides a biological explanation for what every parent of teenagers already knew, they don't think the same way as their parents. (Youth Today July/August 2000 p. 15)

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