“No brakes! Risk and the adolescent brain,”
by Alan E. Kazdin and Carlo Rotella, Slate Magazine (February 2010)

No Brakes! Risk and the adolescent brain

It’s often said that adolescents are fearless and see themselves as invulnerable, that they’re irrational in how they reason and process information, that they act with no logical basis for their decisions and don’t really understand risk. This is all a little true, but only to the extent that it’s true of everybody. People of all ages are bad at assessing risk and making rational decisions. People of all ages underestimate likely dangers….

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