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Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 04:29 PM

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Psychologists used to blame the unpleasant characteristics of adolescence on hormones.


However, new brain imaging scans have revealed a high number of structural changes in teenagers and those in their early 20s.
Jay Giedd, at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland, led the researchers who followed the progress of 400 children, scanning them every two years as they grew up.


They found that adolescence brings waves of so-called 'brain pruning' during which children lose about one per cent of their grey matter every year until their early 20s.


This reduction trims unused neural connections that were overproduced in the childhood growth spurt, starting with the more basic sensory and motor areas of the brain.


These mature first, followed by the regions involved in language and spatial awareness and then finally those involved in more cerebral functions.


Among the last to mature is the very front of the brain's frontal lobe, which is involved in control of impulses, judgement and decision-making, which scientists say might explain some of the bizarre decisions made by the average teenager.
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 04:35 PM

That's quite interestig, I was always told it was all hormones fault.


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 04:41 PM

How interesting. I'm going to throw this in my parents' faces when they get home from Dallas. :]


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 04:45 PM

we all know it is good ol teenage hormones
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 05:29 PM

I think that's interesting, I'd like to see more research done on it and so forth, you know?



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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 6th 2009, 10:11 PM

This is very interesting. I'm glad I have a reason to be moody.


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 8th 2009, 06:08 PM

That's interesting! Glad we have a reason to be kinda crazy!


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 8th 2009, 07:01 PM

This is pretty interesting. If you liked this, you may wanna read up on "Trashing Teens" in Psychology Today. Google can help you find it.



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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 8th 2009, 07:10 PM

Ahh, pretty damn interesting, I alwas get told it's hormones o.o
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 8th 2009, 07:15 PM

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That's quite interestig, I was always told it was all hormones fault.
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 8th 2009, 07:44 PM

This isn't really all that much of a breakthrough, it's been known for some time already...
   
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 9th 2009, 04:56 AM

I read this in a book a few years back.While it's interesting, it's not really new news.


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 9th 2009, 05:34 AM

It's almost weird to think that it depletes with time... perhaps that's why it always seems like adults act like they were never teenagers? Because their brains don't have this 'grey matter' anymore, so that part of them died, thus their current persons are not and were not teenagers.


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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 9th 2009, 08:39 AM

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It's almost weird to think that it depletes with time... perhaps that's why it always seems like adults act like they were never teenagers? Because their brains don't have this 'grey matter' anymore, so that part of them died, thus their current persons are not and were not teenagers.
Please tell me this was meant to be a joke... . If not, then well, I suggest you make Google and possibly some textbooks your friend.
   
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Re: Why teenagers are moody - an answer. - April 10th 2009, 01:34 AM

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It's almost weird to think that it depletes with time... perhaps that's why it always seems like adults act like they were never teenagers? Because their brains don't have this 'grey matter' anymore, so that part of them died, thus their current persons are not and were not teenagers.
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"Were not" - incorrect.

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