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Your brain 101: The weird science of teen learning

Scientists have known for some time the teen brain is wired to produce reward signals in response to irresponsible or dangerous behaviors. And while parents may not like these risky behaviors, a new study says it's the same brain process that also helps teens be better learners.

Often that means that teenagers are more focused on the destination than the journey. The more positive feedback they receive, the stronger connection there is to memory. If teens have ample opportunities for new experiences, like trying a new sport or getting a job, they will be inclined to seek rewards through those experiences rather than through other activities that may pose risks to their well-being. 

In this podcast, Jesse Corry, MD, discusses more about this study and how the teen brain differs from the adult brain.

Listen to Corry's podcast now. 

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