n this presentation we will explore the nature of the changes in the teenage brain and how they set the stage for changes in adolescent mental, physical, and interpersonal well-being. We will explore the increased risk-taking and statistically demonstrated heightened chances of harm during this period of life. But these negative aspects of adolescence are only one side of the coin of this period of life.
Seen from an inside view, adolescence is an essential part of our development and our evolution. This "inside out approach" to the second dozen years of life gives us an exciting new perspective on the essence of adolescence: Emotional intensity, social engagement, novelty-seeking, and creative explorations are not aspects of an "immature" stage of development but actually can be seen as a necessary set of characteristics that are essential for both the individual's development and for the health and adaptation of our species. Further, these features of the teenage brain set the stage for changes that not only shape our life as adolescents, but can surprisingly be seen as essential to thriving in adulthood. How we approach adolescence as a period and adolescents as individuals can make all the difference in how these important years are navigated well.
1. Describe 4 fundamental aspects of the essence of adolescence
2. Identify the difference between impulsivity and hyper rational thinking
3. List the 2 major components of the remodeling process in the teenage brain
4. Evaluate adolescent increased risk and 3 neurological processes that cause it
5. Compare adolescent risk taking with and without the presence of peers
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