The enigma of the teen brain

23 May 2014

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Adolescence, that extraordinary developmental phase, is defined as the period between the onset of puberty and the achievement of a stable, independent role in society. While socio-cultural factors play an important part, behavioural changes have been a noted feature of adolescence throughout history and are even documented in the works of Aristotle. More recently, scientists have begun to research and understand the changes that occur within the human brain during this period and how they may influence behaviour, writes Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore (UCL Cognitive Neuroscience) in TES.