Adriana Galvan, a UCLA psychologist who studies the structure, function and firing patterns of teen brains, says the architecture of the teen brain is fundamentally different than that of an adult. And the brain doesn’t make decisions or manage stress the same way.
“Teenagers experience stress as more stressful,” Galvan says.
Miles O’Brien explores the subject in the National Science Foundation’s latest Science Nation piece.
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