Leiden Psychology Blog


Tag: Adolescent Brain

  • What motivates adolescents?

    What motivates adolescents?

    Adolescence is marked by a peak in activity in the reward center of the brain. In our recent study, we found that various motivational factors contribute to these developmental changes from early adolescence to early adulthood.
  • Shark sighted: I think I’ll go for a swim!

    Shark sighted: I think I’ll go for a swim!

    Risk-taking has a bad reputation. Although it’s natural to be concerned about the high levels of risk-taking among young people, with adverse consequences including death and injuries, we shouldn’t forget that risk-taking can also have a positive side.
  • Why risk takers are mostly young

    Why risk takers are mostly young

    At Leiden University's Brain and Development Lab, Barbara Braams studied adolescents' risk-taking behaviour in connection to the brain's development. Examples of risk-taking behaviour are: drinking a lot of alcohol and acting really funny on your scooter.
  • The Aha Moment

    The Aha Moment

    According to research by the Brain and Development Lab in Leiden, adolescents are better at finding creative solutions than adults. How can we explain that adolescents reach the so called 'aha moment' so quickly? Let's have a look into their brains!