20 Sep '11, 4pm

Is turbulence in global "neural" networks akin to that in maturing teen brains (and behavior)? Are we in transition?

Is turbulence in global "neural" networks akin to that in maturing teen brains (and behavior)? Are we in transition?

Dennis W. Ho for The New York Times Young people party . David Dobbs’ cover story in the October issue of National Geographic is a fascinating exploration of the science illuminating how the brain’s neuronal wiring evolves as adolescence crests. The reboot turns a “primal teen ” (the title of a marvelous book by my colleague Barbara Strauch) into a more reflective, reasoning adult — at least most of the time. Here’s a core line from Dobbs: When this development proceeds normally, we get better at balancing impulse, desire, goals, self-interest, rules, ethics, and even altruism, generating behavior that is more complex and, sometimes at least, more sensible. But at times, and especially at first, the brain does this work clumsily. It’s hard to get all those new cogs to mesh. I can’t help thinking how that process appears to be echoed in what’s happening with humanity writ l...

Full article: http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/maturing-tee...

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