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BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

The brain of a young adult between 18 and 24 years old works differently than that of a fully grown adult. In fact, research has found that the human brain does not fully develop until at least the age of 25, with the area responsible for judgment, awareness and prioritizing – called the frontal cortex – maturing last. To that end, while individuals further into adulthood think primarily with the rational portion of the brain, young adults are still processing information through the emotional part of the mind called the amygdala.

According to clinical experts[1]:

  • Young people are more likely to:
    • Act on impulse
    • Misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions
    • Get into accidents of all kinds
    • Get involved in fights
    • Engage in dangerous or risky behavior
  • Young people are less likely to:
    • Think before they act
    • Pause to consider the consequences of their actions
    • Change their dangerous or inappropriate behaviors

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