By Cameron Crane
Let’s face it—when we look back on our adolescent years, most of us end up asking ourselves: what was I thinking? I, for one, cannot understand what possessed me to wear a dog collar around my neck for most of my freshman year of college. What was I thinking? And the truth is, that’s a pretty good question.
The adolescent brain can be difficult to understand because of its unique state of development. Luckily, there are experts who are working hard to help us crack the code and unlock the mysteries of what actually make teenagers act, well, so teenager-y.
So, why do teenagers seem so much more impulsive? So much less self-aware than grown ups? In this TED Talk, cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore compares the prefrontal cortex in adolescents to that of adults to show us how typical “teenage” behavior is caused by the growing and developing brain.