November 12, 2013 | Corrinne

Teenagers, let me give you some advice. Next time you're in trouble, here's what you say: 'Don't blame me. Blame my ventromedial prefrontal cortex.'

No, seriously. Scientists have linked this part of the brain, which helps regulate our emotional responses, to the impulsive behaviour often seen in adolescents. It looks like the ventromedial prefrontal cortex has to work much harder in teenage brains than it does in those of adults and kids. And it doesn't always keep us on track.

Will this finding make adults more understanding?

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In tests of impulse control, male teens performed worse than females.

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