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Adolescence has long been considered a turbulent time; beginning with large changes in hormonal levels and consequent bodily changes, as well as changes in behavior. Recently, neuroscience studies have contributed to this picture of turbulence. We now know that the brain undergoes profound transformation during the teenage years. This paper focuses on how the social brain--the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people and self-awareness--develops during adolescence.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1749-6632.2009.04509.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ann N Y Acad Sci

Publication Date

06/2009

Volume

1167

Pages

51 - 56

Keywords

Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Cognition, Humans, Social Behavior