The teenage brain is really good at seeking out new experiences, enjoying thrills and seeking out risks, says Adriana Galván – Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at UCLA.
As teens grow and develop, it can be tempting to assume that they can think and behave just like adults. A little bit of time with a teen, however, can starkly demonstrate just how differently they think and act, and it is all due to brain development.
The Teenaged Brain
A brain is like a complicated entertainment system that includes the cable box, television, blue-ray player, and surround sound that is all connected through wires. For adults, the parts of the brain work together using a similar system of wires called synapses.
The teenaged brain, however, has all of the parts, just not all of the wires are hooked up. There may be too many input and output jacks in some places and not enough in others. Plus, teens have the distinct disadvantage of experiencing brain development from the back of the brain to the front.
One of the problems most young people have to deal with at home is finding a great place to study. Since many people feel that there is no space in their homes for a study nook, they often end up studying at the dining table, the kitchen table or on the couch using the coffee table. This can make it difficult to concentrate on your studies if the TV is on, or someone is preparing dinner.
If you do not live in a college dorm where a desk is often provided, creating a study area in the home does not have to take too much space. However, you may have to de-clutter in order to create the space that you need. One of the best ways to de-clutter is to get rid of any old textbooks that you may have sitting on the shelf or some other space that you could convert into a study area.