The Reason Behind Teens' Risk-Taking Behaviors Revealed In Research

Why teens take risks? Scientifically speaking, it is because of imbalance activity between the brain's prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens, according to a new research from Dartmouth University. According to the researchers, the imbalance, which drives a teen's risk-taking behavior, appears to existence only during the adolescent period.

Youths are like cats: always curious of so many things. They always take risks to look for exciting and new ways to discover the world. That is a good thing, however if too much, this risk-taking behavior can be harmful, leading to risky driving, smoking, drugs etc., and the worst can kill them as the saying goes, 'curiosity kills the cat.' Now new research tries to find out the reason behind this behavior of teens.

The research suggests the teen's risk-taking behavior is due to uneven activity in the brain of teenagers. Researchers found out that there was a little activity in the brain's prefrontal cortex while a high activity occurred in the brain's nucleus accumbens. They also suggest that this only happens on adolescent period.

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