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Teens take more risks not because they don’t understand the dangers but because they weigh risk versus reward differently; they value the reward more heavily than adults do…giving more weight to the payoff. Teens respond strongly to social rewards not only due to novelty but also to invest in the future rather than the past. We enter a world made by our parents. But we will live most of our lives and prosper (or not) in a world run and remade by our peers.

Info obtained from further reading of National Geographic’s issue The The New Science Of The Teenage Brain article Beautiful Brain’s By David Dobbs


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