Not Thinking Ahead

Hormones

  • Hormone levels change dramatically during adolescence. Hormones do have a powerful effect on emotions and behavior
  • Both our reptilian survival brain and emotional brain instinctive senses become more sensitive to natural growth hormones, This means we tend to react to stress by becoming angry or sad more often than before
  • In the meantime, late maturation of the prefrontal cortex, which is essential in judgment, decision making and impulse control, has prominently entered discourse affecting the social, legislative, judicial, parenting and educational realms.

  • Adolescents are often particularly receptive to emotion, and at the same time may be just beginning to understand the nature and effect of intense feeling.

  • The corpus callosum, which connects the right and left hemispheres of the brain, consists mostly of this white matter.