Soc 9: The Teenage Brain

In class we watched a video from The Nature of Things.

Your questions:

  1. What is special and really unique about the teenage brain and its potential (versus the “grown up brain”)?
  1. Explain the biology of the development of the teenage brain. You must demonstrate your understanding of the limbic system, the prefrontal cortex and dopamine.
  1. How is your generation so different than all other generations before you? Discuss the “Social Evolution” angle and weigh in.
  1. Explain the importance of peers to the teenager (with respect to risk-taking behaviours – referenced near the beginning of the video), and also the importance of peers to overall development (as mentioned near the end of the video).
  1. Explain why it is that teens often engage in risk-taking behaviours. What are the concerns? Are there any positive things about it?
  1. Explain how LOVE works when you are a teenager. Things to include – why it should not be dismissed as “puppy love”, dopamine, gender differences with respect to break ups, serotonin boosters (the good and the bad), why heartbreak can be a good thing.
  1. How does this episode connect with our study of the YCJA? Elaborate your answer fully.
Mr. McIntosh

Teacher - Humanities

In a typical year I teach a range of courses from elementary to high school. I am our school's Social Studies specialist, teaching high school social, as well as a member of the PE team.

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