[WIRED] The Teen Brain ‘Shuts Down’ When It Hears Mom’s Criticism

December 1, 2014


(Korea Times file)

(Korea Times file)


We all know that teen-parent relations can be a tricky business. Now neuroscientists from several leading US universities think they’ve found some new brain evidence that helps explain why.

The group from the Universities of Pittsburgh, California-Berkeley and Harvard, and led by Kyung Hwa Lee, invited 32 healthy pre-teens and teens – average age 14 and including 22 girls – into their brain imaging lab.