Why Teenagers Act Crazy – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/29/opinion/sunday/why-teenagers-act-crazy.html?src=me

Different regions and circuits of the brain mature at very different rates. It turns out that the brain circuit for processing fear — the amygdala — is precocious and develops way ahead of the prefrontal cortex, the seat of reasoning and executive control. This means that adolescents have a brain that is wired with an enhanced capacity for fear and anxiety, but is relatively underdeveloped when it comes to calm reasoning.

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