Even though every adult today was once a teenager, the teen brain remains a mystery to almost everyone. Especially when it comes to risk taking. What makes some teens daredevils and others, not-so-much?
That’s what psychologists at The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute will be looking into in a new study that will last three years.
Remember a young Tom Cruise in the movie Risky Business where he’s racing his father’s Porsche around Chicago even though he was warned not too? He’s lovin’ it, because it’s forbidden.
Recently President Barack Obama announced a decade-long, $100-million project to map the human brain.
At Washington & Lee University, Professor Tyler Lorig, chair of the Neuroscience program, offered mixed reactions.
Lorig says while he welcomes the attention to the new announcement—he knows the money won’t go nearly as far as the public might expect. He's also concerned about misconceptions which stem from the language describing the project as “mapping”.