10 January 2017
Teenagers take more risks than any other age group, but this is not necessarily the case when an adult is around.
A new study in Developmental Science has explored the reasons for the risk-taking nature of teenagers, discovering that it is not only down to the immaturity of the teen brain but also has a significant social element.
Joao Moreira and his colleagues found that, when an adult is around, teens are less prone to taking risky decisions and their brains show less reward-related activity after taking a risk in these conditions.
The research also noted that, at a neural level, there were statistically significant differences when the adult present was the participant's mother, with more reward-related activity taking place following a safe decision.
Read more on our Research Digest blog.