Your teens may actually have an excuse for their erratic, irrational and even downright odd behavior. Children’s neurologist, Frances Jensen, MD, spoke to NPR about how she discovered that contrary to previous beliefs, human brain development isn’t complete until the early 20’s. A couple of reasons for this are:
- A crucial part of the brain — the frontal lobes — are not fully connected.
- Adolescents have a much more robust habit-forming ability that is helpful when it comes to learning new things, but also causes an increased risk for addiction.
You can also listen to Jensen’s personal story, as told to NPR, on what sparked her interest in the teen brain.