How might adolescents’ tendency to engage in such risky behaviors as unsafe sex and experimental
drug use reflect brain development during childhood and adolescence?
The corpus callosum is still developing during adolescence, impeding communication
between the two hemispheres of the brain.
The left hemisphere matures more slowly than the right, delaying the development of
logical thinking abilities.
The prefrontal cortex matures slowly, slowing adolescents’ ability to think rationally
The limbic system does not develop fully until early adulthood; adolescents therefore have a
poor understanding of their own emotions
Psychologists use the term ________ to refer to the physiological, behavioral, cognitive, and social
changes that occur throughout life.
According to Piaget, the process of fitting new experiences into existing schemata is called _________,
whereas the process of changing or modifying existing schemata to make sense of new experiences is
Obsession is to compulsion as _______ is to _______.