Teenage brains

Teenage brains 'not wired for high stakes'

Adults are good at putting maximum mental effort into the things that matter most.

But, brain circuits are still developing in teenagers, making it harder for them to tackle meeting their goals, say US psychologists.

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The research, published in the journal, Nature Communications, shows that brain connectivity continues to develop throughout adolescence, affecting teenagers' ability to perform when the stakes are high.