Adolescent Brain Development: Why Teens Make Bad Decisions, And How Parents Can Help

Dec 16, 2014

It’s often said that adolescents are impulsive partly because their brains aren’t fully developed.  Now a new book adds fuel to the discussion, describing how the period of adolescence is a lot longer these days, from age ten to twenty-five. It also shows that the brain at this time is highly malleable, and much more easily influenced by both positive and negative experiences. 

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This program was originally broadcast on November 3, 2014.

  • Laurence Steinberg - psychology professor at Temple University. He is an expert on adolescence, researching adolescent brain development, risk-taking and decision-making, parent-adolescent relationships, adolescent employment, high school reform, and juvenile justice. He has also been an expert witness in numerous cases involving adolescents. His newest book is called "Age of Opportunity."