The NPR “Shots” blog reports, “It’s true that teenage brains can be impulsive, scientists reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans. But adolescent brains are also vulnerable, dynamic and highly responsive to positive feedback, they say.”
Jay Giedd, a researcher specializing in child psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health, “says the rapid changes occurring in the brains of teenagers make these years ‘a time of enormous opportunity.'”
These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the “peer review” process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.