One day, roughly 12 to 16
years after your child is born, you
may wake up and wonder: Who is
The child you knew is suddenly
different. Much different. She can
solve complex math problems.
Engage in debates, relish in
arguments. Deliver sarcasm, deploy
metaphors and draw upon irony. She
may be profoundly concerned about
global warming, social injustice,
clean water for developing nations
and the latest craze for short-shorts.
She is a full-fledged teen.
Hormones have long been thought
to be behind many of the emotional
changes in teens, but research
is finding changes in the brain’s
structure and function play even
bigger roles. And it’s giving us much
more insight into how to help teens
Some of the most intensive brain
development in teens takes place
in the front third of the brain: the
frontal cortex. This is a big player in
It’s the brain more than
Changes in the brain may explain the trademark changing behaviour of many teenagers.