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Weaker gut instinct makes teens open to risky behavior

from Duke University via Medical Xpress

Making a snap decision usually means following your initial reaction — going with your gut. That intuitive feeling sprouts from the limbic system, the evolutionarily older and simpler part of the brain that affects emotion, behavior and motivation. But during adolescence, the limbic system connects and communicates with the rest of the brain differently than it does during adulthood, leaving many adolescents vulnerable to riskier behaviors, according to Duke University researchers. more

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