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A Close Look at the Teenage Brain

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Scientists looked closely to see how the teenage brain works Sleep Because of our internal clock, most teen’s bodies aren’t used to going to bed early, and yet school starts early. As a result we get sleep deprivation. Since most teens aren’t getting enough rem sleep they can lose the info that they absorbed during the day, at the last part of their sleep. Due to kids getting less rem sleep than what’s important, teens are going to learn at a slower rate than other people. Not getting enough sleep increases the chances of becoming depressed. Though if someone is currently depressed, then sleep deprivation can help them. Since the sleep cycle of teens are disturbed-because of the different wake up times- they try to get more sleep and catch up on the weekends. Sleep has a heavy factor on teen learning. Research has shown that the best to begin learning is two hours after a person’s natural set wake-up time. A good nights sleep for adolescences is 9 to 10 hours, though most get less. An increase in moodiness and cloudy decision-making can be caused by lack of sleep. Decision making Rather than relying on the rational prefrontal cortex, the brain depends more on the emotional part. Emotions including fear, excitement, and sexual attraction are due to the amygdala, which links sensory data to emotional responses. A likely reason you, teens take more risks when your friends are around is because being approved by your peers. Development Teens brains are 80% complete and the development of the brain is full complete when people are 20-30. Boys' brain develops about two years after girls' A Close Look at the Teenage Brain Like adults, you take risks Around age 17, the brain develops more on impulse control and perspective. When a teen drink/do drugs neuronal connections form and becomes imprinted on their brains, which can lead to easy addiction. Risky Behavior Unlike adults, as a result of teen drinking, adolescences could possibly get brain damage and not get back to 100%. Multi-Tasking Teenagers’ brains could be getting altered and differently wired because they have 25 things coming at them at all times. How it Works The hippocampus releases hormones and influences mood and behavior. In the center base of the brain is a gland, the hypothalamus, which regulates feelings You think your actions through more thoroughly as your prefrontal cortex matures. The cerebellum helps you to understand complicated subjects better. As research shows, the more neurons that get used, the brain will reinforce it the most. More often than not, girls become more mature and more adult-like before boys. Generally, boys are less mature. Teens more likely to develop addictions than adults because their brain is not fully established. Drugs can have a more harmful effect on a teen brain than an adults. Teens are not sophisticated enough to be able to multitask successfully. As a result, teenagers are more irresponsible because they can’t focus on several things at once. Adults are able to maintain their focus longer than teens can. Teens express their feelings more openly than adults. After some research was done it was concluded that a person’s tendency to do risky actions is partly genetic. Adolescences are more likely to act on impulse because of fast-growing synapses and sections left unconnected. Due to the teenage brain developing at different times for girls and boys, they may be ready to learn difficult material at different times. Children and teenagers being able to learn languages or play instruments more effortlessly than adults is because of synapses between neurons. If you review information before you go to bed then that can help cement the information. To prevent dangerous teen behavior it would be a good idea to offer practical decision making in in-the-moment decisions. By Sarah Gorban You are likely to do risky behavior, such as trying drugs and getting into fights. Having approval from your friends is rewarding to the teen brain. "10 Facts Every Parent Should Know about Their Teen's Brain." LiveScience.com. Live Science, 2012. Web. 08 May 2012. <http://www.livescience.com/13850-10-facts-parent-teen-brain.html>. Graham, Erin. "Dream Online: The Teenage Brain." Dream Online: The Teenage Brain. Children's Hospital Boston, 2008. Web. 08 May 2012. <http://www.childrenshospital.org/dream/summer08/the_teenage_brain.html>. Wilson, Michael R. Frequently Asked Questions about How the Teen Brain Works. New York: Rosen Pub., 2010. Print.Support Underwood, Nora. "The Teenage Brain." The Walrus Vol. 3, No. 9 (Toronto, Canada). Nov. 2006: 48-56. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 May 2012. Ruder, Debra Bradley. "The Teen Brain." Harvard Magazine. Harvard Magazine, Sept.-Oct. 2008. Web. 09 May 2012. http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/09/the-teen-brain.html “I have yet to meet a pregnant teenager who didn’t know biologically how this transpired,” David Urion an associate professor of neurology says. Sleep Sources
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