Thanks to functional magnetic resonance imaging, neuroscientists have discovered a lot of very interesting things about the development of the teenager’s brain. Lab pictures show that adolescence is a time of highly radical and dynamic changes for the pre-frontal cortex – the brain region involved in planning cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision making, and moderating social behavior.

The long-lasting construction of the human brain continuing into at least the mid-20s, responsible parents should be well advised to keep their education job as long as necessary, without any fixed time limit. There is the recommendation of Professor Hickie, of the University of Sydney’s brain and mind research institute, about the period of transition from adolescence into adulthood: “It is not the time to simply abandon your kids and leave them to their friends and think everything will be fine.”


Image: James Alcock