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The mismeasurement of youth: Why adolescent brain science is bad science

Bessant, Judith; Watts, Rob

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Medical imaging technology has been used since the 1990s to make claims about how adolescent brains are different to adult brains. In turn these differences have been used to explain what are said to be typical patterns of adolescent behaviour like risk taking, sensation seeking and intense peer interaction. This article critically assesses the scientific basis of the claims that link observations about adolescent brains to adolescent behaviour via a critical review of the current literature....[Show more]

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Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/71708
Source: Contemporary Social Science
DOI: 10.1080/21582041.2012.691541

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