Moody Teen? Must Have an Immature Frontal Lobe

Decision-making area matures last: study
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2009 12:11 PM CDT
A National Insitute of Mental Health team of researchers believes the brain's growth process can take some of the blame for moody teenage behavior.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Scientists studying teenage brains believe the growth process is responsible for some of the more unpleasant traits of adolescence, the Daily Telegraph reports. Brain scans revealed that the front of the frontal lobe—responsible for impulses and decision-making—was among the very last parts of the brain to mature, which researchers say could explain a lot of irritability and recklessness among teens.