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Is the Teen Brain Too Rational?

With the decision-making areas of their brains still developing, teenagers show poor judgment in risky situations. Thinking less logically may be the answer

Adolescence is a dangerous time. Some of the most life-threatening risks that people take—drunk driving, binge drinking, smoking, having unprotected sex—are especially common during the teenage years. The following statistics illustrate the enormous toll in human suffering caused by adolescent risk taking:

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