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Insight Into the Teenage Brain: Adriana Galván at TEDxYouth@Caltech

Insight Into the Teenage Brain: Adriana Galván at TEDxYouth@Caltech

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The Computational Development of Reinforcement Learning during Adolescence Citation: Palminteri S, Kilford EJ, Coricelli G, Blakemore S-J (2016) The Computational Development of Reinforcement Learning during Adolescence. PLoS Comput Biol 12(6): e1004953. Editor: Jill X. Choice Logic and emotion aren't the only forces that guide our decisions. This hour of Radiolab, we turn up the volume on the voices in our heads, and try to make sense of the babble. Forget free will, some important decisions could come down to a steaming cup of coffee. UPDATE: The Williams & Bargh Yale coffee study "Experiencing Physical Warmth Promotes Interpersonal Warmth" was replicated in 2014 by researchers at three different universities, Kenyon College, Michigan State University, and University of Manchester.

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Mindfulness for Teens - Left Brain Buddha OMG teens are stressed these days, amiright? According to the latest research from the American Psychological Association, teens report higher levels of stress than adults do (at least during the school year). And almost half of teens say they’re not doing enough to manage their stress. In fact, the two most common “strategies” teens use to cope with stress are playing video games and surfing the Internet. Mindfulness (present-moment, nonjudgmental awareness) is a powerful tool that teens can use to manage their stress. Research indicates that when teens consistently practice mindfulness, it lowers rates of anxiety and depression, and leads to better sleep, stronger relationships, and increased self-awareness, all of which can go a long way toward ameliorating the impact of stress.

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This is a TEDx talk given by Dr. Adriana Galvan, a psychologist at the University of California. She talks about the nuances of the teenage brain and how the teenage stage is set apart from the adult or the children's brain development. She says that the teenage brain is primed towards new experiences and risks, and becomes more tuned to social and emotional cues. This means that teenagers tend to consider rewards and emotional outcomes when they make decisions. Her research showed that teenagers' brains become more excited than adults in response to a desired stimulus. Positive reinforcement, anybody? by joshuawong001 Sep 24

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