Decision Making and Risk Taking Behaviors in Adolescence


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Why is behavior in adolescence more erratic and risky than in adulthood?

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1. When many different parts of the brain work together, it is called:

2. How can evolutionary psychology explain why adolescents engage in risky behavior?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Understanding the parts of the brain can help you understand why adolescents often participate in risky behaviors, and this quiz/worksheet duo will help test your knowledge of the brain and adolescence with vocabulary questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following vocabulary words:

  • Brain system
  • Adolescence
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Control system
  • Reward system

Skills Practiced

*Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related adolescent decisions lesson

_*Making connections- use understanding of the concept of the development of the brain system to explain the reason for adolescent risky behaviors

*Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define brain systems such as the reward and control system

Additional Learning

To learn more about the the role of the parts of the brain in adolescent decision making, review the corresponding lesson on Adolescent Decision Making & Risk Taking Behaviors. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define adolescence
  • Understand brain development
  • Define brain systems
  • Understand risks and the evolution of brain development
  • Define evolutionary psychology