Latest Jennifer H. Pfeifer Stories
A specific region of the brain is in play when children consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence -- that often-turbulent time of reaching puberty and entering middle school.
Adolescence is usually characterized as a tumultuous time.
Just when children are faced with intensifying peer pressure to misbehave, regions of the brain are actually blossoming in a way that heighten the ability to resist risky behavior, report researchers at three West Coast institutions.
Adolescence is often described as a tumultuous time, where heightened reactivity and impulsivity lead to negative behaviors like substance abuse and unsafe sexual activity.
Ask middle-school students if they are popular or make friends easily, they likely will depend on social comparisons with their peers for an answer.