Stress and the teen brain

Teens are stressed. Their parents are, too, as they try to understand what makes teens behave the way they do.

Surface mapping of the brain. Courtesy NIMH/NIH.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thrown up your hands when trying to understand the inner workings of the teen brain. How do they make decisions? What is up with all of that impulsive behavior?

Researchers actually are beginning to unravel the mysteries of what goes on in the mind of a teen.

That’s the topic for a lecture open to the public at University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix campus.

“Stress and the Teen-age Brain,” will be presented by Phoenix professor Ron Hammer, Ph.D., at 7:30pm this Thursday, May 12, in the UA’s Phoenix Plaza building at 714 E. Van Buren. To RSVP for the May 12 event, contact Brigitte Jordan-Mincks at 602-827-2018 or

Refreshments will be served. The event is free. Parking is available on site for $2 an hour.

Can’t make the lecture? Check out the latest neuroscience research, and find out what researchers are learning from advanced imaging techniques and behavior analysis on the teen brain from a recent PBS “Frontline” program. Activities and even advice for parents are included on the Frontline site.