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The Psychology of Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
Alison Bryant Ludden, College of the Holy CrossFollow
5-4-2014 10:00 AM
Parents often wonder whether or not their teenagers have lost their minds. Is she in a different reality than I am? Is he using his head in way that makes sense to anyone? The answer to these questions is most likely, yes. Recent research indicates that the brain goes through important developmental changes during the teenage years. Not only do adolescents perceive the world in different ways from adults, they utilize their brains in different ways as they respond to social situations. We will examine the science behind these differences and consider how decision-making and social goals change from childhood to the college years. Although we see many shifts in behavior during adolescence, these changes often indicate teenagers’ adaptive responses to the challenges they face.
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