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Of Mice and Adolescents

Monday, April 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Presence of Peers Hyperactivates Adolescent Brains

Research by Temple University Psychology Professor Laurence Steinberg and colleagues has shown that teenagers take more risks in the presence of other teenagers than the same teenagers do in the presence of adults. And that’s just any other teens, not kids known for risky behavior. In a paper this year in Developmental Science, Professor Steinberg and colleagues replicated earlier studies using mice. They found that adolescent mice given free access to alcohol drank more when they were with peers than when they were alone. Read Steinberg’s New York Times column “Friends Can Be Dangerous.”

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