California, Teens sometimes seem evolved differently. Many who call young adults, butteenage brain is actually very different from adults, especially when stressed, the stressand make decisions. Teenagers can be more stress than adults.
“Youth is more stressful times of stress. If the pressure is disturbing when making a decision, really important to understand the neural mechanisms underlying therelationship between high stress levels and make a bad decision,” said Adriana Galvan, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles , as reported by LiveScience.
To get the conclusion, Galvan has conducted brain scans teens to get a better understanding on the level of teenage stress, as well as thought processes and decision making.
When teens have experienced a very stressful day (7 on a scale of 1 to 7), Galvanasked them to do brain scans to see what is happening and to examine how they make decisions.
“The teens showed more activation in the brain reward system than adults when makingrisky choices, and they also make more risky choices than adults,” said Galvan.
According to Galvan, this difference may be due to changes in the brain called theprefrontal cortex, the brain region that helps regulate behavior, including understandingthe future consequences of one’s actions.
“In adolescents, this area is not yet ripe. That is why teens often seem to act without fullyunderstanding the consequences,” said Galvan.
When teens experience stress, it disrupts his ability to make decisions. HeLa disruptshow the brain functions in areas that are still developing, especially the reward systemand prefrontal cortex.
The results of this study have been published in ScienceNatio, online publication of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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