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    Kines 199 - Fall 2017

Insight into the Teenage Brain

Assistant Professor Adriana Galván from the department of psychology in UCLA gives us a Ted talk briefly explaining the growth and maturity from the adolescent brain. "Dr. Galván's goal is to understand the opportunities and vulnerabilities that accompany adolescent brain and behavioral development in order to inform policy, juvenile justice and public health issues that affect youth." This gives us a good idea on not only the growth of the boy's height or weight but the internal maturation of the human brain.

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This video does a great job displaying the various aspects of development and how the teen brain is unique and changes through maturity. 09-10-2017 1:13pm

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This video showed that teenagers get more excited to extrinsic rewards than adults do and that they are more emotional. This is because your prefontal cortex is still developing, which houses your reasoning and logic. 09-10-2017 5:17pm

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Professor Adriana Galvan discusses in this TedxYouth talk about the development of a child's brain starting from the beginning of their adolescent years.  The extrinsic (surrounding environment) play's a huge role to how a child's brain... more »Professor Adriana Galvan discusses in this TedxYouth talk about the development of a child's brain starting from the beginning of their adolescent years.  The extrinsic (surrounding environment) play's a huge role to how a child's brain is developed, which focuses on the stimulation of the striatum: dopamine release, located in the prefrontal cortex.  The examples that were effectively used for this study were sugar and money.  Therefore, as a child is growing, we know that brain development is constantly changing, along with the responsiveness to their environment.  Every new experience, emotion, or reward stimulates to how they think or how their brain will function when it comes to decision making.  Ultimately, if the prefrontal cortex wasn't working, a child's brain won't be able to regulate their behavior or emotions. 09-10-2017 11:23pm

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