Published in Medical Imaging Law Weekly, October 31st, 2006
Jay Giedd, MD, introduced new research on the brain development of teenagers during an educational session held at the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition. Giedd explained that one of the last areas of the brain to fully mature in adolescence is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). The PFC is responsible for such skills as impulse control, planning and decision-making, which may explain why teens are more likely to engage in risky behavior.
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