Puberty represents a period of profound transition in terms of drives, emotions, motivations, psychology and social life. Recent preliminary evidence from developmental MRI studies has suggested that stage of puberty might play an important role in adolescent brain development, perhaps more so than chronological age.
Which part of the teenage brain is still developing?
Because the prefrontal cortex is still developing, teenagers might rely on a part of the brain called the amygdala to make decisions and solve problems more than adults do. The amygdala is associated with emotions, impulses, aggression and instinctive behaviour.
What does the hypothalamus do during puberty?
At puberty the hypothalamic pituitary unit begins to function like that of an adult. The hypothalamus begins to secrete increased amounts of gonadotropin-releasing hormone or GnRH in a pulsatile manner and the pituitary responds by secreting increased amounts of gonadotropins, FSH and LH in a pulsatile manner.
- Is puberty related to brain development?
- Which part of the teenage brain is still developing?
- What does the hypothalamus do during puberty?
- What happens to the brain during puberty?
- How does puberty affect development?
- What happens to the mind during puberty?
- How does puberty affect psychological development?
- How can puberty be traumatic?
- Is depression a part of puberty?
- Is depression related to puberty?
- Do boys cry during puberty?
- Does puberty cause crying?
- Is anxiety a part of puberty?
- Why do 11 year olds have panic attacks?
- At what age do panic attacks start?
- Can puberty cause OCD?
- At what age does OCD peak?
- What does OCD look like in girls?
- What does undiagnosed OCD look like?
- What is OCD commonly mistaken for?