How To Survive and Thrive With a Teenage Brain

By: Halle  

       How To Survive And Thrive With A Teen Brain

  Did you know that teens can lose up to 20% of prior childhood knowledge by the time they are 14? It is hard to believe, but if you work hard you can prevent knowledge loss by using a few tips you have learned about your brain just by reading this article! But if you know what is in your head than you will know what to do!!!!!!

A Brain Diet, You Might Want To Try It?

With a teen you might already be on a diet but is it the right kind of diet? A diet doesn’t always have to be about your looks or weight; it can be about your brain too. One step to having a brain diet is by using a schedule. It is a proven fact that teens lose prior knowledge faster than the average child or adult. To prevent this from happening most doctors suggest that a teen reads 10-20 minutes a night and do math facts 10-20 minutes a night to excel in school subjects such as writing, math, and, art. Music is another way to excel in school. Playing in band, orchestra, or singing in choir can help to make brain connections easier and are proven to raise test scores by at least 30%. Sports are also a good way for the brain to work on comprehension skills. By using these first few tips you can excel in math, reading, writing, and social studies!

Behind The Scene Of The Brain

The Amygdala is the most primitive part of the brain. The Amygdala is a thrill seeker and does not like to put much effort in work. In a recent study, the world’s smartest teen “Genius” had some tests done. He was asked to explain, feel things, and do things with his hands.  Just by using his 5 senses the doctor could tell he was thinking like an adult, by not using his Amygdala. In the study he was also asked if he was a thrill seeker or if he had a lot of friends. He responded by saying that he did almost nothing with friends, and never got out much. By these studies they found that it really just depends on how your brain develops and the amount of gray matter left after a certain period of time.  This genius was an exception to how most teen brains function. A typical teen uses their Amygdala to make decisions not their frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is not fully developed until mid-twenties.

Don’t Touch Me

The Basal Ganglia is at its learning peak during teen years, causing a teens risky or thrill seeking behaviors. The Basal Ganglia is placed near the Amygdala causing them to work together!! The Basal Ganglia and the Amygdala work together in areas excluding school and areas including emotional problems. The Amygdala also takes a large amount of sleep to function properly and be at its best level however the Basal Ganglia does not require large amounts of sleep.

The Basal Ganglia

The Basal Ganglia Is a part of the brain that sits near the Amygdala. The Basal Ganglia deals with comprehension and is at its “PEAK” during the age 14-16. The Basal Ganglia Is a working wonder and has many questions that are still unknown to science such as how does it work with the Amygdala, and many other questions.  But what scientists really want to know is how does it work in a teen brain?

A Teenager’s Brain Behavior Might Need A Savior?

Peer pressure is a common act in teens. This pressure often leads to feeling the need to use drugs, tobacco, or smoke weed. The teen brain encourages bad behaviors and bullying, but the victim or teen gives more weight to the pleasures and not the costs. Because teens are motivated by reward not risk, this leads them to trying things such as drugs. Teens are most likely to do these things between the age of 14 and 16 because their Basal Ganglia is in full gear and is at its high peak in a teen brains life.

Low self-esteem can be a behavior often used in teens too. Low self-esteem is often caused by bullying and high amounts of depression repetitively; the brain sends messages to the amygdala that may not always be the best. If teens build up anger they are most likely to use drugs because it feels like they are erasing all their problems. But in the end it isn’t like that at all. They can even go brain dead after killing a high amount of cells from the drugs. ):


Overall the Teen brain has a lot of unknown answers and unknown reasons to why it acts the way it does. But the teen brain can do many amazing things if you work hard, say no to drugs, and  enforce a schedule ( a brain diet ) to improve and excel in many school related activities. The teen years might not be so bad after all!!!!!



Canon inc. The New Science of the Teenage Brain. N.p.:, 2011. Print. Canon Inc.

Hertz, Lary Russel. "http//" Vassar. Lary hertz, 3 July 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. .

Hopkins, John. "" John Hopkins Blooming. John Hopkins, 4 Feb. 2007. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. .

Parade. "Inside the Teen Brain." The Kansas City Star 28 Nov. 2011: 4-6. Print.

"Teen Risks and Behaviors/ Violence." Ohio State University. N.p., 4 Apr. 2009. Web. 25 Feb. 2013. .

Comment Stream